Writing Progress August 21 – 27, 2017


August 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 105,589
  • Today’s word count: 955
  • Thoughts: Wow! I wrote a lot. I love days like this!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to keep this writing streak going.

August 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 106,450
  • Today’s word count: 861
  • Thoughts: Another good writing day! I managed to hit a nerve with my writing today (uncovered a flaw of Willow’s that hit a little too close to home), but I kept writing and it was 100% worth it. On top of that, I outlined more of The Dreams draft 3.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling really good about both my projects right now. My biggest problem is deciding which to work on first.

August 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 107,522
  • Today’s word count: 1,072
  • Thoughts: Wow. Just wow. I really didn’t think I would write this much today. I started feeling awful in the evening and still needed to write. I sat down thinking I’d maybe manage to scrape together 500 words. Somehow feeling awful made it easier to sit down and write. I probably could have written more, but I was too exhausted to try.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revisions! I hope I can get a whole chapter revised and write a whole new batch of words, but I think it will depend on how I feel. If I’m getting sick I might have to lower my standards in favor of resting and recovering.

August 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 107,550
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: Today was a hard day of writing. My revisions consumed most of my day. This chapter needed a lot of attention. Willow wouldn’t get out of her own head. I’m not sure even now that I have the balance of her innermost thoughts to outward action balanced right. I just know I can’t make it better without letting it rest again. I’ll take another stab at it in draft 3.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. After struggling so much I’m looking forward to just creating again.

August 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 108,319
  • Today’s word count: 769
  • Thoughts: Back on track! I was worried for a while that it wouldn’t happen. Once I sat down and started writing, it just happened naturally. That’s how it should be, I think!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a chapter to post and more writing to do. I have a lot of other real-life things to do too so we’ll see what I’m able to accomplish.

August 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 108,764
  • Today’s word count: 445
  • Thoughts: I’m surprised I managed to write this much. I spent the day freezing peaches and tomatoes and cooking with my mom. When I got back home, I was drained. I did my best to write, but I did not have as much success as I have had on other days recently.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back on track. I know I can do it, but it might not be easy.

August 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 109,523
  • Today’s word count: 759
  • Thoughts: Yay! Writing! I made a lot of progress today. It’s always great to end the day knowing I actually accomplished something within the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Do the same thing again! I know I can do it. I want to check off more plot points!

NaNoWriMo is Coming

65 days.

We only have 65 days until the writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo starts. I usually start my countdown sometime in August. This year I managed to make it to the end of the month!

That should not be interpreted as lack of enthusiasm on my part for this year’s write-a-thon. It’s more a matter of just being caught up in my own projects lately. It’s been great! I’ve been using the enthusiasm to build up my writing stamina. If I keep it up I’ll be in great shape for writing the daily word counts needed for NaNoWriMo.

Getting my writing muscles in shape is one piece of the puzzle. Another is picking a project.

I’m not sure what I’m going to write for NaNoWriMo. That’s a big problem. I like to plan. I feel better when I know what I’m doing. Right now the full extent of my plan is to wait and see.

I’m still writing the first draft of Inbetween. I’m working on my outline for the 3rd draft of The Dreams. It looks like I’ll start writing this new draft in September. Both these projects are viable options for continuing projects in November.

There’s still time for those facts to change. There’s a chance I could finish the first draft of Inbetween before November. If I do that, I have to consider the possiblility of starting a new project. If that happens, I’ll have a couple options to consider including one about dragons and mages, and another about lab-created vampires.

I’m glad I still have 65 days to figure this all out. A lot can change in that time. As November draws closer, I think I’ll be able to eliminate a few of the possible outcomes. For now, my writing future is wide open and full of possibilities.

I love it and hate it at the same time.

Are you preparing for NaNoWriMo? Have you picked a project?

Writing Progress August 14 – 20, 2017


August 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 101,125
  • Today’s word count: 797
  • Thoughts: Getting started today was such a struggle. It took forever for me to start writing, but once I did, the words started pouring out. I’m not sure how usable any of the words will be, but I will worry about that later. First drafts are about pouring ideas out into text.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t want to mess up this streak. I’m too proud of it to let it stop.

August 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 101,883
  • Today’s word count: 758
  • Thoughts: I felt like it was taking me a really long time to get started with writing, but it actually wasn’t that long and once I got started it was easy to keep going. I can’t tell I’m building up my stamina and I’m going to keep pushing myself to write more than my current average every day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s getting easier and easier to get larger word counts every day. It’s exciting and really encourages me to keep going.

August 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 102,548
  • Today’s word count: 665
  • Thoughts: Writing! I’m making progress, I can feel it. At the same time, I’m worrying that I’m writing a lot of fluff and filler. If I am, I know I can clean it up during revisions, but the worry is still there. What can I do? If I try too hard to avoid fluff I end up slowing myself down to a crawl. I don’t want that. I guess I’ll keep going and revise like mad.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Thursday is revision day. I know I’ll have my work cut out for me. If I have time, I’ll write as well.

August 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 102,755
  • Today’s word count: 207
  • Thoughts: I revised a lot today. If it wasn’t for that, I’d be disappointed in my word count, but I think I spent more time working on my writing today than any other day this week. Still trying to come up with a better way to quantify my progress than just word count. It’s harder than it sounds.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m sure I can get back on track.

August 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 103,422
  • Today’s word count: 667
  • Thoughts: I managed to work in the outline for The Dreams and reached the end of what I consider the first arc of the story. I also wrote for a while. I’m not sure I like any of what I wrote, but if it is garbage I can always throw it out during revisions. I feel like I’ve bee writing a lot of long, meandering scenes lately. I’m not sure I like it. I’d much rather get to the point and keep the story moving.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Get this week’s chapter posted.

August 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 104,080
  • Today’s word count: 658
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It took most of the day for me to have the time and focus to write, but it did happen eventually.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Monday is just around the corner and Sunday is a great day for accomplishing left over goals.

August 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 104,634
  • Today’s word count: 554
  • Thoughts: Writing today was more of a struggle than it should have been. I’m not sure what the problem was, but it really slowed me down. I’m pretty sure I have a hitch in this scene that needs to be smoothed out before the writing becomes easy again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need to smooth out this scene and make writing easy again.

300 Followers and 2 Years

This blog just reached 300 followers. This in and of itself is amazing, but it is not the only reason I want to celebrate.

I started this blog in 2015 hoping that there would be interest in what I created, but I had no way of knowing if anything would come of it until I tried. I’m so glad I decided to try. This blog was created back in January 2015, but I didn’t start to put it to real use until August of that year. For that reason, I consider August 16, 2015 to be the blog’s true start date.

We’ve been through 6 WriMo events (and two NaNoWriMo wins), saw The Dreams go from one chapter to “the end”, and we’re now 33 chapters into Inbetween. I’ve written 322,645 words of fiction since August 2015 and almost all of those words are available to read on this blog. I’m proud of how far I’ve come in two years and I’m so happy to have so many people along for the ride.

thank you

No matter if you’ve been following for two years or two minutes, I’m glad to have you with me on this journey. Knowing there are people out there willing to have my writing show up in their media feed keeps me going when depression and anxiety are trying to rip me apart.

Thanks for being here. We’re at the start of the third year of this adventure. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

Writing Progress August 7 – 13, 2017


August 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 95,330
  • Today’s word count: 558
  • Thoughts: Yay! More words! Another milestone too! And! I worked on the outline for the next draft of The Dreams. I need to find a better way to measure my progress on that, but for now I’ll just keep noting that I’ve made progress here. I’m impatient to start writing it, but I know that it’ll be better if I map out the whole story before I start writing again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More outlining. More progress.

August 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 96,214
  • Today’s word count: 884
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I stayed up late writing! It was great. I only wish I could write this much and more without staying up half the night. Time to work on training my brain to write earlier, I guess.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling so motivated these days. I want to keep writing more and more.

August 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 97,183
  • Today’s word count: 969
  • Thoughts: Writing! I’ve been writing so much lately. I’ve been making little games up in my head to see if I can write more words and so far it is working. There might be a blog post in there somewhere about tricking myself into writing more. We’ll see.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Thursday is revision day. Time to get another chapter polished up to get posted this weekend.

August 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 97,726
  • Today’s word count: 543
  • Thoughts: I made so much progress today. I revised the entire chapter for this week and I ended the day with a net gain over over 500 words (I actually wrote over 700 because I had deleted words during revisions [I should probably find a better way to reflect that in this log]).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I feel like that’s my goal every day, but I’m so enthusiastic about my work these days. It feels like the only priority I have right now.

August 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 98,364
  • Today’s word count: 638
  • Thoughts: More writing! Sometimes I feel like I’m not making much progress. What I’m writing can feel a lot like filler, but when I’m revising I try to cut the filler and leave behind the parts that actually seem insightful and to progress the plot. I hope I’m doing a good job with this first draft writing thing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a chapter to post, a street fair to attend, and more writing to do. Sounds like a good Saturday to me.

August 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 99,270
  • Today’s word count: 906
  • Thoughts: I struggled to start writing today. Once I started, it seemed like the words just tumbled out of me. I’m not sure if any of them are even good words, but I wrote them and sorting them out and making something usable of them will come later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling really motivated right now. I hope I can keep this streak going.

August 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 100,328
  • Today’s word count: 1,058
  • Thoughts: So much writing! And I hit 100,000 words with Inbetween. I’m floored. I can’t believe this story is so long. I’ve been writing so much lately, but it’s all very, very first draft material. A lot of what I’ve written is me working through character motivations and relationships now that the story has changed so much. It’s not a bad thing. I think it is necessary, but I’ll have a lot work to do when I go to revise. It’s worth it to know what I need to do going forward with the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! How soon before I reach another milestone?

Making Plans for Fall 2017

It’s August already! The year has really been flying by.

Since fall is just around the corner, I thought I should start making some plans for what I would like to accomplish with my writing during the final months of the year. Some of my plans involve staples of the fall season for writers, but others should be completely new and exciting.

I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo, of course. Right now it looks like I’ll be a NaNoRebel again this year. Inbetween is still going strong. I doubt I’ll reach the conclusion of the first draft before November 1. I’m not sure if Inbetween will still have another 50,000 words to go by the time we reach November, but if I finish up the story, I have plenty of other ideas for things to write. If it looks like Inbetween is winding down, I’ll just have to start outlining something new in October.

In September I plan to start writing a new draft of The Dreams. I’m working on the outline for this new draft now. This rewrite will be a Patreon exclusive while I am writing it. My hope is that posting it to a smaller audience of interested individuals will give me the courage to really leave my comfort zone while writing this draft. Looking back over the version I posted, I can tell I was really pulling my punches for certain scenes. I’d like to change that. If you’re interested in following this new evolution of my first serial, be sure to join me on Patreon.

Sometime this fall I’ll also resume my efforts to record a serial audiobook version of The Dreams. The summer thwarted my attempts to record, but once the temperatures are cooler I should be able to close off a room enough to make recording possible. There will be more news about the ETA of this project once I’m able to start recording.

Do you have any projects planned for the fall? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Writing Progress July 31 – August 6, 2017


July 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 91,763
  • Today’s word count: 531
  • Thoughts: Still writing consistently every day. I’m pretty pleased with myself at this point.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep the consistent writing going. CampNaNoWriMo is over now, but I don’t want to slip back into bad habits. Wouldn’t it be great if I just kept pushing myself to write more and more every day so NaNoWriMo will be effortless?

August 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 92,275
  • Today’s word count: 512
  • Thoughts: More writing. I struggled to get started today, but once I did the words came so easily. I wish I could get my writing going earlier in the day just to see what I can accomplish if I don’t need to sleep after a short writing session.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Maybe I’ll manage to write earlier in the day. We’ll see!

August 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 92,802
  • Today’s word count: 527
  • Thoughts: Another good writing day. I worked on outlining the next draft of The Dreams too. That’s an incredibly daunting task. I thought it was scary when I was just thinking about it. Now I know it is even scarier to do it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to revise a chapter and, of course, write more. Hopefully I’ll tackle some more outlining for The Dreams too.

August 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 92,932
  • Today’s word count: 130
  • Thoughts: The word count looks pitiful, but it’s a net gain after cutting words during revisions. I accomplished a lot today. I revised a whole chapter, posted it for my patrons over on Patreon and managed to write a couple hundred new words. No progress on the outline for The Dreams, but there’s always tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Outline! I know I can do it. I’m excited. I’m motivated.

August 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 93,694
  • Today’s word count: 762
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I need to remember that writing every day is important and I do write enough because today it really didn’t feel like enough. Those pesky little thoughts were creeping in… the ones that tell me I must not be serious about what I do or I’d be doing more. I want to do better than I do now, but that doesn’t mean I’m not already serious about my work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll be posting a new chapter and writing! I look forward to it!

August 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 94,255
  • Today’s word count: 561
  • Thoughts: I managed to write a reasonable amount even with a busy day! I’m feeling more confident in my writing abilities now. I spent the evening, my usual best writing time, at Super Art Fight. I planned ahead and wrote before and after the show.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. Today is proof!

August 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 94,772
  • Today’s word count: 517
  • Thoughts: Another good day of writing. I have to say, I’m starting to feel obligated to write at least 500 words a day. It’s not a bad thing. Writing at least 500 words a day is a good thing to feel like I should do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! The weather is changing and I think the change of pace will be good for my writing.