Writing Progress October 23 – 29, 2017


October 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 125,673
  • Today’s word count: 406
  • Thoughts: Today was weird. I had bursts of inspiration, but they never lasted more than a couple hundred words. The words I kept seem like they will be solid enough with a bit of polish, but the brain fog I had today resulted in a lot of silly nonsense that did not fit the story very well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More prep. Less brain fog.

October 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 126,132
  • Today’s word count: 459
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m getting my mojo back, but I still can’t fully escape this brain fog. I think I just need to get more consistent good nights of sleep behind me before it fades away completely.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More NaNo prep. Revisions. I just want to get revisions done and over with this week so I can get back to writing and prep. Priorities!

October 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 126,684
  • Today’s word count: 552
  • Thoughts: Revisions and writing happened today, but I’ve been slacking on NaNo prep and that cannot be happening this close to November!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revisions, write more words, and actually tackle NaNo prep. I can’t avoid it at this point in the month.

October 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 126,750
  • Today’s word count: 66
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Revisions. I always think I might get away with an easy week, but I’m always wrong. The struggle is real. The only choice I have is to keep on struggling until I succeed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revisions. NaNo prep. NaNo prep. NaNo prep!

October 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 126,782
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: Revisions are done! I made progress with NaNo prep! I wrote about two sentences of Inbetween! Today was a day for progress!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post chapter, NaNo prep, more writing… just a typical Saturday at the end of October.

October 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,142
  • Today’s word count: 360
  • Thoughts: I made some progress with Inbetween, but a bit less with my NaNo prep. Progress is progress though so I won’t complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More prep. More writing. More excited dancing at the though of the start of NaNoWriMo.

October 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 127,262
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: I could have written more today, but I ended up worrying about the wind knocking out our power and I decided to shut down the computer and read in bed instead of playing data loss roulette.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing and intense NaNo prep. Holy crap. It is almost November and I have so much left to do!

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Draft 3 of The Dreams will be on Patreon Soon


I haven’t made a post specifically to announce my project for NaNoWriMo this year, and with November just around the corner, I know it is now or never.

This year I’ll be rewriting The Dreams for NaNoWriMo. It’s not a traditional start-from-nothing first draft NaNo project, but I am starting this draft with a 0 word count so I feel like it still fits into that aspect of the spirit of the month.

There are aspects of The Dreams I’ve wanted to change for a long time and rereading the story has helped me discover more things I want to change. This draft is my chance to change those things. I hope that the changes will improve the story and bring me one step closer to a version of The Dreams suitable for publication as a book.

I’ve decided to post this new draft on Patreon for several reasons. First of all, I don’t want to bore or confuse readers here by having multiple versions of the same story available. On Patreon people are already dedicated to following my progress as a writer and will be less likely to be confused or annoyed by the reappearance of a familiar tale. Second of all, I want to reward those who have given me the most support by giving them something special and exclusive. And finally, there is a part of me that hopes a new and improved version of The Dreams might convince a few more people to share at least $1 a month with me.

If you’re interested in following the further progress of The Dreams from its current state to the next step on its journey, head over to my Patreon and join the fun. I’ll need all the encouragement I can get so I don’t lose my nerve halfway through making the changes I have planned. If you haven’t read The Dreams yet, you can read the entirety of the current draft here.


Writing Progress October 16 – 22, 2017


October 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 124,159
  • Today’s word count: 351
  • Thoughts: I’m happy my word count is looking a little more lively today, but I’m not happy with the sort of fog that fills up my brain when I try to tackle writing-related tasks. I hope it isn’t burn out. So far I’m willing to place the blame on the rapidly changing weather over the last week. I feel worn out by it and that usually makes it harder for me to think clearly.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Battle the brain fog. Write. Read. Take notes. I have so much NaNo prep left to do and it is starting to make me anxious.

October 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 124,787
  • Today’s word count: 628
  • Thoughts: Today was a productive day. I wrote. I worked on NaNo prep. I can’t complain about the amount of stuff I accomplished.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More NaNo prep. Time is running short. I feel the pressure to finish my prep. Also! Revisions. I’m going to keep up the habit of starting my revisions on Wednesday because it seems I really need the extra time these days.

October 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 125,020
  • Today’s word count: 235
  • Thoughts: Today was a productive day. I worked on revisions, I reread and took notes on a couple chapters of The Dreams in preparation for NaNoWriMo, and I wrote some new words for Inbetween.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revisions, read some more chapters of The Dreams, and write some new words!

October 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 125,051
  • Today’s word count: 31
  • Thoughts: I finished revising and it is such a relief to have it out of the way!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: NaNo prep and writing! I’m excited to get back to the stuff I love doing right on schedule this week.

October 20

Today was a strange day writing-wise. I woke up and fully intended to spend the day on NaNo prep and writing. In reality, I worked on NaNo prep and abandoned Inbetween. I don’t regret it too much. Progress is progress. I’m just wondering how I managed to miss out on the writing part of my day.

October 21

No progress made today. I had such a busy day! I was barely home so there was not much of an opportunity to write words or work on my prep for NaNoWriMo.

October 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 125,267
  • Today’s word count: 216
  • Thoughts: Well, today was better than nothing. I’m considering Saturday to be a day off, which I haven’t done in a long time, and getting back in my writing groove after a day off does take at least a day or two.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More NaNo prep. I can do it!

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Writing Progress October 9 – 15, 2017


October 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,029
  • Today’s word count: 726
  • Thoughts: Writing happened today. It was great. I only wish I would have done more NaNo prep, but I didn’t want to leave Inbetween once I started.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Prep. I really want to make progress with both in one day, please.

October 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,189
  • Today’s word count: 160
  • Thoughts: My word count doesn’t look too spectacular today, but I made a good bit of progress with my notes for The Dreams so I still consider today a success.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revision. Writing. NaNo prep? I think I can do it all, but time will tell.

October 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,765
  • Today’s word count: 576
  • Thoughts: Writing and revision went really well today! I just wish I’d done more in the way of NaNo prep. This week that has been my greatest challenge. I want to be prepared, but that work keeps getting brushed to the side in favor of work on Inbetween and non-writing life things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up this week’s revisions. More writing. Much more NaNo prep. I know I can do it. I just need to remain focused.

October 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,726
  • Today’s word count: -39
  • Thoughts: Revisions are taking forever. Again. Some weeks the revision process is easy, but more often than not, it’s a struggle. I didn’t get much else done today because I spent all my time fiddling with the words in this week’s chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revisions. Write! NaNo Prep!

October 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,717
  • Today’s word count: -9
  • Thoughts: Revision, revision, revision. This week has been really rough revision-wise. I’m falling behind on my other writing obligations and that’s significantly more frustrating than just dealing with a difficult chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get this week’s chapter posted so I can put it behind me and switch my focus back to other writing-related tasks.

October 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,698
  • Today’s word count: -19
  • Thoughts: I was busy, busy, busy today. I didn’t do as much writing-related work as I would have liked, but I can’t complain because I had a great day. I can make up for missed writing time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More NaNo prep. I can do this!

October 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,808
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: I had a productive day. I worked through rereading more of The Dreams and took notes. Later, I wrote a bit of Inbetween. I wish I could have done more, but I just didn’t have the energy to do more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More NaNo prep. More writing. I can do it!