Writing Progress April 29 – May 5, 2019

daily writing progress

April 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 228,339
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: I’m a little disappointed in my progress today. I think I could have done better, but I just didn’t have the energy. The frustrating part was realizing I didn’t waste energy on something less important, I just didn’t have it from the start of the day. Low energy days are a nightmare. If I could learn how to rest and take it easy when I’m running low on energy, it might be a different story, but I just get frustrated and push myself harder. I shouldn’t.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write as much or as little as my energy level demands. The last thing I want is to get sick again. Starting out April that way was hard enough. I don’t want to repeat it in May.

April 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 228,588
  • Today’s word count: 249
  • Thoughts: Things went pretty well today. I’m still working on getting the ball rolling again with writing. It took a lot of work to get just shy of 250 words today. I miss the days I could easily clear 500 words and even reach 1000 words if I pushed myself. I want to get back to that point.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to push myself. I need to write. I need to revise. I need to remember how to do all of these things in one day again. Those days were great. Getting back to that point and making it sustainable is my ultimate goal.

May 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 228,855
  • Today’s word count: 267
  • Thoughts: I’m getting there. I need to relearn how to focus on writing earlier in the day. Writing before bed is great, but I know I could write more if I rearranged my schedule and wrote the majority of my words earlier in the day. It might take some adjustment as I do a lot to prepare myself for writing during the day. Perhaps I should do them before I go to bed the night before?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! Revising! I have plenty to do! I just need to sit down and focus on doing it.

May 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,092
  • Today’s word count: 237
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. Not great, but okay. I revised a chapter (it’s up on Patreon now) and then I sort of stalled out for a long while. I almost went to bed without writing anything more for the day, but then, in the final hour, the next scene started to solidify in my mind and I needed to start writing. It’s just the skeleton of the idea for now, but I have it to flesh out and that’s a good start.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I could take a break, but I want to write. My boyfriend wants to get back into writing as well so I think I’ll write alongside him to encourage him to pick the habit back up.

May 3 & 4

I didn’t plan it, but I ended up taking a few days off. It seemed like my boyfriend needed a few days to relax more than he needed to get back into writing. We took walks, watched movies and played games instead. I probably could have found time to write on my own, but I embraced the spirit of taking a break instead. If I’m honest, I don’t regret it at all.

May 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,397
  • Today’s word count: 305
  • Thoughts: I was not going to allow my “writing break” to stretch into a third day. I told myself this and it actually worked. I sat down, reviewed what I’d already written, and then I wrote a couple hundred words. In addition to actually writing, I also posted a new chapter today. At the end of the day, I felt really productive. If I could have this level of productivity five days a week, I could start to feel comfortable with taking full weekends off.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling motivated. There’s no sense in not using the motivation to get more writing done. Let’s just hope the motivation will last after I sleep. It should, but that’s not always how these things work out.

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