Writing Progress April 8 – 14, 2019

daily writing progress

April 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,819
  • Today’s word count: 344
  • Thoughts: I wrote during a live stream! It was terrifying. I was so nervous, but I did it! I’ve promised at least one writing stream a month now that my Patreon has reached one of its goals. Soon I’ll be an expert at it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I need to decide when I’m doing my next stream, but I know it won’t be tomorrow. I’ll need more than a day to recover.

April 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,726
  • Today’s word count: 174
  • Thoughts: Getting started today was a struggle. Once I got there, things weren’t so bad, but it was late. One good thing happened: I finished writing a chapter! I even started writing the next chapter before I needed to call it a night. I just wish I could have made more progress, but some days just don’t work that way.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a chapter to revise! I have more to write! It should be a busy day. If I work hard I should have the next chapter posted for my patrons before I go to sleep tomorrow night.

April 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,725
  • Today’s word count: -1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,949
  • Today’s word count: 130

  • Thoughts: I revised a chapter of Inbetween and put it up on my Patreon (finally!) and then I turned my attention to The Dreams. I feel like I didn’t accomplish much writing-wise today, but the revisions were definitely the real success story of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not sure which story I will focus on. I might focus on both, but I know I’ll be writing and I’m excited!

April 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,899
  • Today’s word count: 174
  • Thoughts: I was motivated to write a ton of words today and it just didn’t happen. I sat. I stared at the blinking cursor. The words barely trickled out. Part of the problem was definitely of my own making. I allowed my focus to shift pretty easily. There were too many things of interest to resist. Some of it was just a lack of clear image of how this particular scene is meant to turn out. I have a general understanding of how to reach the end of this serial, but many of the details are still murky. I hate it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not taking a day off. I need to get this scene figured out and keep pressing forward. I’ll take a day off once I have several days of solid progress behind me. Lately I don’t feel like many of my days have made solid progress.

April 12 – 14

I took several days off from writing. It wasn’t entirely intentional. I meant to write Friday, but I ran into major writer’s block. Instead of pushing myself and feeling miserable, I decided to listen to myself and give my writing some space.

Saturday I approached my writing again and still wasn’t feeling it. It seemed my time would be better spent trying to figure out why I was resistant to writing. I realized I’m feeling a little lost with Inbetween. I have an end goal, but I hadn’t visualized what would be happening next. No writing happened. Plenty of thinking did.

Sunday was more of the same. I wasn’t ready to write and I tried not to push myself too hard. I’d identified the problem and I was sure I’d solve it soon. Even a few months ago I would have pushed myself to write each of these days and felt like a failure if I didn’t pull it off. I’m trying to be kinder to myself these days. Burnout is real and I’m very afraid of it.

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