Writing Progress March 20 – 26, 2017


March 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 47,753
  • Today’s word count: 556
  • Thoughts: I’m happy enough with today’s word count, but I’m still a little disappointed. I really want to finish up this arc, but a part of my is hesitating. Once I figure out how to get past this I’ll be more efficient as a writer (hopefully my solution will translate to future projects as well). Until that happens I’m stuck with a daily struggle to produce a decent word count and make real progress with the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. Work on discovering why I’m afraid of wrapping up story arcs.

March 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 48,797
  • Today’s word count: 1,044
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty productive day! I meant for it to be even more productive, but the evening got away from me. Usually, I do most of my writing at night, but today I wrote all my words during daylight hours!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: See if I can get a repeat of today. I’m not sure it is possible, there’s a chance it was a fluke, but if it wasn’t, I might have a new time to get the words out!

March 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 48,904
  • Today’s word count: 107
  • Thoughts: Today was a terrible writing day. I just didn’t have the energy or the motivation to produce any more words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising. Thursdays are revision days so that has to be my first priority. I’d also like to write more, but we’ll see if I have time to make that happen.

March 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 48,923
  • Today’s word count: 19
  • Thoughts: Revisions. It feels like it is pretty normal at this point to have a very small word count gain from revising. I wish I could have finished the chapter and gotten back to writing, but that didn’t happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revisions and return to writing this draft.

March 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 48,991
  • Today’s word count: 68
  • Thoughts: I finished up revisions and shared the chapter with my patrons (they get full chapters as soon as they’re ready now instead of waiting until Saturday!) but I didn’t write after I wrapped up revisions. I ended up acquiring a used aquarium and spent a ton of time cleaning it up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post the chapter and write!

March 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 49,131
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: Not a spectacular word count for the day, but I haven’t been writing most Saturdays so writing at all is a victory.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I want to get back in the swing of writing large word counts. CampNaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I need to be ready to write a huge number of words every day for a month.

March 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 49,146
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: Yeah… today was not a great writing day. I ended up being busy again and when I finally had time to sit down and write I had no energy. I just wanted to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wake up rested and write so many words.

Writing Progress March 13 – 19, 2017


March 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 44,902
  • Today’s word count: 694
  • Thoughts: I wrote in anticipation of the snow and then during the snow. I don’t know if it was because of the storm or because of daylight saving, but I stayed up way later than usual writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing, as long as the storm allows our power to stay on I’ll be writing. If the storm knocks out our power, I’ll have to get creative/do some planning by candlelight.

March 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 45,136
  • Today’s word count: 234
  • Thoughts: Well, my power didn’t go out. I spent a bit too much time worrying about the snow which impacted my writing time. I also managed to hurt my back today (or maybe I hurt it earlier and the pain just got worse today) and ended up with tension headaches from that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of that good old writing stuff. I’m so close to wrapping up the first arc of Inbetween. I can’t wait to have it all posted for you guys to see.

March 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 46,067
  • Today’s word count: 931
  • Thoughts: This is the sort of writing day I love to have. Not only did I have a decent word count, but I accomplished other things during the day so I’m extra happy with myself today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising. Thursday is revision day, as usual. I really hope I can get some writing done tomorrow too. We’ll see how things go.

March 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 46,129
  • Today’s word count: 62
  • Thoughts: Not bad for an editing day. I cut a couple hundred words. I added back a bit more than that. I can live with a day like this.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up this week’s revisions and get back on to writing all day.

March 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 46,570
  • Today’s word count: 441
  • Thoughts: Finished up revisions, posted the chapter for my patrons and wrote some more! Overall today was a great day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this week’s chapter to the blog and write!

March 18

No writing progress made. I posted this week’s chapter, but the rest of the day really fell apart. It wasn’t a bad day, but it wasn’t at all conducive to writing.

March 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 47,197
  • Today’s word count: 627
  • Thoughts: That’s better! I like days like this. I can see the end of this arc and it’s both propelling me forward and urging me to slow down. This always seems to happen when I’m wrapping something up. I’m not sure if I should work with it or try to change the way I react to endings.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I hope I can finish writing this arc this week!

Special Announcement of the Week

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6 Ways to Transition Out of Writer’s Block

Got writer’s block? Here are some great ways to beat back writer’s block and get back to writing.

A Writer's Path


by Kathryn

Writer’s Block
The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing it.

Also known as: every writer’s worst nightmare.

And let’s be real, it happens to everyone. Even the best writers in the world get stuck sometimes.

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Restraint: Things to Do When Your Draft Needs to Breathe

I’m not allowing myself to touch The Dreams until May. I’m itching to get back into it, but I spent 16 months with my eyes on this story from the start of the first draft to the posting of the final chapter. The story was at the front of my mind for a very, very long time so I feel the need to separate myself from it for a long time as well.

Some people wait a month or two between drafts with great results. If that’s what works for you, that’s great! It’s all about figuring out what works for you, and for me, I need time to clear the story out of my brain. As long as it is still in my mind I won’t be as objective and I’ll read the story I meant to write rather than the one I did write.

I wrote the final scenes of The Dreams in November 2016. The final chapter was revised in December and posted, oddly enough, on my 29th birthday. The story was still churning around in my mind in January and even in February I still found myself thinking about it most days. It’s becoming less common this month. By May I’m hoping my memories of writing it will be more distant and I’ll be ready to look at it objectively.

I’ve been itching to get back into this story since about two weeks after I posted the final chapter. Restraining myself hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve found a few ways to distract myself from the urge to touch the story.

  1. Read

Reading in and out of my favorite genre is a great way to keep my mind busy with stories other than The Dreams. I read for enjoyment, but I also read to learn how to be a better writer.

2. Write

I started writing Inbetween in November and having a new world to fill my mind has been a great help. It’s much better to write something than to sit on my hands while I wait for enough time to pass. Out of all the methods of distracting myself I’ve tried, this one is both the most effective and most productive.

3. Go outside

This one has been a little difficult during the winter months, but going outside and taking a walk is a great way to clear my mind. Going out also allows me to gain new life experiences and those are so important for writing.

4. Listen to music

This one is a little dangerous. Listening to music is a great way to pass the time, but music is a huge well of inspiration for me. When I listen to music I do run the risk of being inspired to write something and there is a chance that something will be the novel I’m trying to forget.

5. Play with animals

I have two cats and four goldfish. They keep me busy whether I’m writing or not. When I find myself wanting to take a peek at The Dreams, my pets are a great way to resist temptation. My cats love to play and my fish seem to appreciate having their aquarium rearranged from time to time.

6. Watch a new season or movie

I often stream old shows and movies as background noise while I do other things, including writing. When I’m trying not to think about The Dreams, I sometimes pick something new to watch that will occupy my attention.

So far these six things have served me well. I’ve managed to resist temptation for three months since I finished posting The Dreams. With about a month and a half to go, I think I’m going to make it.

What do you do when you’re trying to give a draft time to breathe? Do you find it difficult to resist the urge to dive back in or do you relish your time away from your writing?


Writing Progress March 6 -12, 2017


March 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 42,014
  • Today’s word count: 847
  • Thoughts: I didn’t feel great today, but it was the sort of awful that allowed me to camp out on the couch and type. I don’t want to feel bad ever, but I’d rather be able to write than be stuck in bed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better (I hope!) and write more!

March 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 42,334
  • Today’s word count: 320
  • Thoughts: I don’t know what happened to make writing so difficult today. I spent most of my writing time crippled by anxiety. This happens sometimes and I only understand why about half the time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more! I hope to get past the anxiety I felt today and get back to work.

March 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 43,218
  • Today’s word count: 884
  • Thoughts: Writing! I love days like this. It took me a while to get started, but everything was awesome once I got into it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revision. Writing. I want to do it all!

March 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 43,539
  • Today’s word count: 321
  • Thoughts: Well, I edited a bit and I wrote a bit. Overall it wasn’t a bad day, but I feel like I didn’t do enough of either. That always makes me feel bad about the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More editing. More writing. No more bad feelings.

March 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 43,684
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: Not the best day of writing I’ve ever had, but not the worst either. I wrote a bit. I finished up the revisions on this week’s chapter. My word count isn’t huge, but I was busy. I also posted the chapter for my patrons as soon as I finished it. I think I’m going to try to do that every week now as a thank you to the people that help fund my writing dreams.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this week’s chapter and write more!

March 11

No writing progress made.

Migraines kill me. I don’t think there’s much I can do about this kind of missed writing day other than doing my best not to get a migraine.

March 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 44,208
  • Today’s word count: 524
  • Thoughts: This is better! If every day could have word counts like this I wouldn’t complain. I’d strive to do better, but I wouldn’t complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I think I can do it as long as I don’t allow myself to become obsessed with the impending snow storm.

Why You Should Read About Writing

This is so good! We should always be striving to become better writers.

A Writer's Path

Read write

by Kelsie Engen

The moment you think you know everything about writing, that’s the moment your writing plateaus.

Last week I talked about why writers should read voraciously. But that was a post focused on fiction. You know, reading in the genre you write. For instance, if you write fantasy, you ought to be familiar with fantasy and read it near daily.

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