Writing Progress September 18 – 24, 2017


September 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 118,218
  • Today’s word count: 474
  • Thoughts: I wish I had an easier time writing today. I wanted to write. I had ideas. My head was killing me. The only reason I wrote the words I did was because I couldn’t fall asleep and decided to try writing to empty my brain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. Recover. I don’t know why my head still hurts, but I need to get past this so I can focus on being productive again.

September 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 118,955
  • Today’s word count: 737
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I wrapped up a scene and started a scene that I’ve been really excited to write. That’s always a great feeling.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should revise, but I want to keep writing since I’m so motivated. I hope I can do both without one hurting my ability to do the other.

September 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 119,549
  • Today’s word count: 594
  • Thoughts: I did some revising and some writing today. Days like this feel great. I just hope I can keep up this level of productivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revising and hopefully more writing. If I have ideal conditions I know I can do it so I guess it comes down to whether I can create the right conditions for super productivity.

September 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 119,473
  • Today’s word count: -76
  • Thoughts: Oh my goodness. These revisions. I didn’t write anything new today. All the time I had to dedicate to writing went to revisions and I’m still not done. I don’t know why it takes me so long to get through these chapters lately. They’re not any messier than earlier chapters, but I can’t blast through them like before.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revision! Now I just hope that I can finish the revisions and start writing again.

September 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 119,454
  • Today’s word count: -19
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Revisions. I don’t know why they are so difficult some weeks. I’m still struggling through this week’s revisions. It’s not helped by the fact that I have been ridiculously hyper for the past few days. If I could sit still longer I could get more done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to get this week’s chapter finished and posted. I can only hope that I can write after the chapter is posted too.

September 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 119,576
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: I got back to writing! It felt great. Getting back into the scene I was working on was a bit more of a challenge. I can tell I’m not quite keeping the scene in the right tone. I guess I’ll have to correct it during revisions.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’ll be fantastic. I’m looking forward to writing some of the stuff I have planned for the near future.

September 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 120,094
  • Today’s word count: 518
  • Thoughts: I feel good about the progress I made today. I still wish I could have written more. I wish I could write a whole book in a day, honestly, but I know that would be physically impossible with the size of the stories I tend to tell and trying would probably cause my head to explode from coming up with so much plot in such a short time. I agonized over naming two characters today. I’d fall apart if I had many more characters to name at once.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling good about the story right now. I hope I can keep the good writing vibes going.

Writing Progress September 11 – 17, 2017


September 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 114,915
  • Today’s word count: 706
  • Thoughts: I wrote in bits and pieces today. It was different and a little bit strange, but it got the job done. I think the words I wrote are decent enough so I have no complaints about my unusual routine.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know I can do it. I’m getting my groove back!

September 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 115,910
  • Today’s word count: 995
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It was fun! I’m so happy right now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to start my revisions a day early. I hope I can get it done in a timely manner, but I’m planning extra time because I’ve noticed how much I’ve struggled in recent weeks. Let’s hope planning to take extra time will make it less of a disaster.

September 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 116,038
  • Today’s word count: 128
  • Thoughts: Today was a revision/writing hybrid day. I have to say I do feel a lot better since I didn’t force myself to get all of the chapter’s revisions done in one day. When I felt my mind starting to get fatigued, I allowed myself to stop and it was a relief to feel okay doing that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish up this week’s revisions. Hopefully I’ll have time and energy to write as well.

September 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 116,051
  • Today’s word count: 13
  • Thoughts: Well, I didn’t write at all today. My word count is entirely the result of revising. I’m glad I took two days to revise this week, otherwise I’d be very frustrated at this point. Going forward, I think that I’ll continue this routine.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. After revising I always look forward to returning to writing like some sort of fun, relaxing activity. No matter how lost or frustrated I might be, I’d rather write than revise.

September 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 116,553
  • Today’s word count: 502
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m getting back on track. I can feel the writing mojo that kept me writing and writing last month fading away, but I’m trying to keep the good habits I built over past weeks in place.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this week’s chapter and hopefully write more. I should have time. My only concern is getting distracted by fun weekend things.

September 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 117,197
  • Today’s word count: 644
  • Thoughts: It took forever and ever for me to get started today. I went out today so it figures that I took a while to get into a writing mindset.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay in and write! The forecast is looking grey and dreary. It shouldn’t be hard to stay home and type the day away.

September 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 117,744
  • Today’s word count: 547
  • Thoughts: It was tough to write today. I had a headache all day, but I forced myself to sit down and get some words out before it was too late.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write (hopefully without a headache)! I know how I want to wrap up this scene so it shouldn’t be too hard to get the words out.

In novel-related news this week, The Dreams received its first review on Web Fiction Guide!

If you haven’t done so lately, please vote for Inbetween here and The Dreams here to help them move up the rankings and find new readers.

49 Days Until NaNoWriMo


We’re getting closer and closer to the start of NaNoWriMo. Anticipation is building.

There’s still plenty of time for things to change, but things are starting to get clearer as the start of NaNo draws closer. Certain variables have been eliminated. I’m not halfway through the rewrite of The Dreams like I thought I might be at this point in the month.

Not being further into draft 3 of The Dreams makes things more interesting for NaNoWriMo. As of right now, it looks like I’ll still be working on Inbetween in November and I’ll be rewriting The Dreams as well. That takes starting a new project off the table.

That’s a little bit disappointing, but also a relief. I love starting new projects, but the prospect of preparing a new project while also working on a first draft and a third draft was a little overwhelming. The other project ideas will keep until I reach the next natural point for a break with my two ongoing projects. It’ll give me something to look forward to in 2018.

Right now NaNoWriMo 2017 is looking like a remix of NaNoWriMo 2016. Last year I was wrapping up the first draft of The Dreams and starting Inbetween. This year I’ll be continuing Inbetween and working on the third draft/complete rewrite of The Dreams. Having two projects going at once worked well for me last year. Hopefully, it will work well for me this year too.

Starting NaNoWriMo in the middle of two projects will be an entirely new experience for me. Before I’ve either continued a project by itself or continued one project and started another. Juggling two ongoing projects in two different stages of development will require a different kind of planning than I’ve utilized in previous years. It’s great that I’m still finding new challenges and scenarios for NaNoWriMo even after 12 years.

Do you have a plan for NaNoWriMo? Are you doing anything you haven’t done before this year?

Writing Progress September 4 – 10, 2017


September 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 113,054
  • Today’s word count: 638
  • Thoughts: It was a struggle to get started, but once I did the words just spilled out. It was nice. The holiday weekend knocked me a bit off track. I won’t complain because I had a wonderful time with my boyfriend and my family, but now I have to make an extra effort to get back to the routine I had before. Or, it might be a good time to make a new routine.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More outlining for The Dreams, I hope. Maybe I’ll take a stab at making a new routine for myself.

September 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 113,713
  • Today’s word count: 659
  • Thoughts: Today was a strange writing day. I couldn’t concentrate at my desk so I tried to change things up by using my laptop and writing elsewhere. It worked for a little while until I started to miss my desk.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing again. I hope I can work on my notes for The Dreams as well. I’ve been slacking off on that lately and I can’t allow that to continue.

September 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 114,464
  • Today’s word count: 751
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I worked on The Dreams! I still need to find a reliable way to quantify my prep work for The Dreams. I really don’t want to try counting hours. I’m terrible at tracking when I start and stop work and feel guilty counting any time I’m working and not giving it 100% of my attention.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising. Writing. Maybe more prep for The Dreams? We’ll see!

September 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 114,305
  • Today’s word count: -159
  • Thoughts: Revisions. Revisions. Revisions. I worked on revisions all day and I’m still not done. I think I might need to change up the way I’m doing my revisions. Assuming I can get it all done on Thursday seems foolish these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revising. Get back to writing. I miss writing, even if it has only been a day of revising.

September 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 113,937
  • Today’s word count: -368
  • Thoughts: I spent another day on revisions. I’m not too happy with how long it is taking me to get through this particular chapter. I wish I could get it done in a day. I might that part of my routine. Is there something I’ve started doing differently? Is there something about my writing style that has made it more difficult to revise this part of the story?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revising (yeah, I’m still working on this chapter), get this chapter posted, and get back to writing. I miss writing.

September 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 113,539
  • Today’s word count: -398
  • Thoughts: I wrote. It doesn’t look like it, but I did. I actually cut even more words during revisions today and my writing did not make up for the all the words cut.  I’m so glad to be done revising for a few days. Writing is so much less stressful!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. Just write. I need to have fun again.

September 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 114,209
  • Today’s word count: 670
  • Thoughts: It’s great to be back to writing. I’m making words again. The words might not be perfect, but I can fix that later, even if it takes me three days and steals me away from writing new words later. Yeah. I’m a little bitter about the three days without writing this week.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’s going to be great.

Writing Progress August 28 – September 3, 2017


August 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 110,242
  • Today’s word count: 719
  • Thoughts: Today was such a productive day! I finished the basic outline for the third draft of The Dreams. I also wrote more of Inbetween. I can’t believe everything I accomplished. I’m feeling great.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I also need to work on fleshing out the new outline for The Dreams. The skeleton is there, but there’s plenty left to add to it.

August 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 110,982
  • Today’s word count: 740
  • Thoughts: It took forever for me to start writing today. I had much better luck with outlining The Dreams. I wonder if switching gears is the problem…
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More outlining. More writing. Let’s see if I can figure out if there’s a disconnect happening from trying to do both every day.

August 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 111,482
  • Today’s word count: 500
  • Thoughts: Writing was so hard today! I finally pushed me way through it and got to work. It was worth it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Thursday is revision day. I have a lot of work ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll have time to write too.

August 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 111,489
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: My word count looks miserable, but I worked hard to earn it. I spent my writing time today on editing and I didn’t finish what I set out to do. My back decided to start acting up and dealing with that slowed me down a lot.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish up the chapter and get back to writing new stuff as soon as possible!

September 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 111,499
  • Today’s word count: 10
  • Thoughts: I spent another day revising this week’s chapter. I wish I knew what was taking me so long this week. I hope it was just a case of a difficult chapter and not a sign of a change in my general writing flow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post the chapter (finally done!) and get back to writing. I miss writing so much.

September 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 111,702
  • Today’s word count: 203
  • Thoughts: It’s better, but not great. Holiday weekends are not known for getting me back on track.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try the writing thing again!

September 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 112,416
  • Today’s word count: 714
  • Thoughts: I finally wrote a decent number of words! My only regret for the day is that I didn’t find more time to work on my reread/note taking for The Dreams. I’m finding it hard to be patient. I really want to start draft 3, but I know it will be better if I’m a bit more prepared. I want this draft to be consistent from start to finish.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Reading/note taking. More writing. I know I can do it!