Writing Progress January 4 – 10, 2016


January 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 84,297
  • Today’s word count: 932
  • Thoughts: A very productive day! I don’t know what happened, but I like it. I’m hoping I can keep this trend up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Start editing the next chapter and keep writing.

January 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 84,547
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: Today was an editing day. I made a lot of progress with Chapter Nine. I wasn’t able to get the chapter fully edited though. I did get far enough to post a teaser for my Patrons.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish editing Chapter Nine and get back to working on new scenes.

January 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 84,676
  • Today’s word count: 129
  • Thoughts: I finished editing Chapter Nine. It’s going to be on the shorter side, but I think what I have is solid.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back to writing, and hopefully make some serious progress.

January 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 85,594
  • Today’s word count: 918
  • Thoughts: Today turned out to be a really good writing day. I’m writing a really silly scene so it’s been a fun trip.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to write at least as much as today.

January 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 85,698
  • Today’s word count: 104
  • Thoughts: I had a bad writing day. I’m not going to let it keep me down though.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write some more! It shouldn’t be too hard to beat today’s word count.

January 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 85,831
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: I wish I had written more, but I’m not surprised my word count was low. Hosted anime club and that was more than worth one day’s low word count.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully have a really good writing day.

January 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 86,974
  • Today’s word count: 1,143
  • Thoughts: Today was the best day I’ve had writing-wise in quite a while. I almost don’t want to stop because there is always a chance I won’t be able to write this easily tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to try to keep up the writing mojo.

I’ve been feeling like I should try to do more with this blog. Two posts a week is a number I’m pretty comfortable with now, but this post is so formulaic I hardly feel like it counts.

If I decided to make a third blog post some weeks what sort of things would you like to read? I would like to keep the topics related to writing or books, but I’m open to all suggestions.

6 thoughts on “Writing Progress January 4 – 10, 2016

  1. My goodness. 85,000 words, and still going? What, may I ask, is your final goal? And HOW are you able to balance writing and blogging along with whatever else your days hold? I find every time (just about, it seems) I open my Scrivener to begin, someone has an emergency that needs taken care of right away. Maddening, it is.


    • Right now it looks like I will need about 150,000 words to reach the end of this story.

      I’ve been laid off for the last couple months so aside from occasional odd jobs I can dedicate most of my day to writing related tasks. I wish I could make enough money to just write full time because I’ve gone to bed feeling like I accomplished something more times in the last few weeks than I have during my entire working life. I just hope I can keep up with the writing once I get back to work.

      Two things help me to make writing happen. The first is just taking a half hour. It’s enough to make some progress without making everyone around me feel neglected. The other thing that helps me is writing at night. There’s just less going on at that time of day and what is going on is usually a lot less urgent than day time distractions.

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  2. My strategy for 2016 is to share novel updates and all talk about novel exclusive to my monthly newsletter. Only those who really have an interest in my novel will subscribe. As for my blog, I will continue to write meaningful stories that I think my readers will enjoy.

    With that said, the con of that strategy is that I’ve diluted my writing time: less time for my novel as I’m focused on creating good content (2 stories per month). So that’s the compromise I’m making: build more readership by writing more meaningful stories, and gaining a following to my newsletter about my novel.

    I launched last week and it’s been wonderful to see family, friends, and new friends subscribe to this format. Hopefully, I can continue to execute πŸ™‚

    I, too, write at night. My full-time job requires my day time, and my family requires my early evening time. Only at later evenings when kids are down, and wife is flexible to let me write… is when I can write. I know, ideally, i should just go to bed earlier and wake up early to write. I have yet to accomplish this but we’ll see.

    Good luck with your job search – i know that can be a major distraction. It helps once stability comes into place (balance is hard part but doable). Awesome job on your writing progress – I’m envious of what you accomplished πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks!

      Balance is something I’m really striving for. If I can’t writing to make a living then I want to at least work in a field that doesn’t leave me too drained to enjoy anything. I’ve had jobs like that and it takes me ages to bounce back.


  3. Formula or not, this is a nice progress post set-up. I’m seriously considering doing the same.

    Maybe you could do writing soundtrack posts for different stories and characters?

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