Writing Progress May 13 – 19, 2019

daily writing progress

May 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,066
  • Today’s word count: 252
  • Thoughts: Wrapping up this chapter did not go quite as smoothly as I thought it would. It still went pretty well, but my confidence faltered a bit and I was unsure how I should wrap up the chapter. I think I finally figured it out, but that could all change when I go back to revise it. That’s the way it always goes.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling motivated these days. There’s no way I’m going to let myself slow down when I know there’s more I can do.

May 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 321,316
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: Today the writing went pretty well. I wish I’d written more words, but that’s true almost every day. I accomplished a lot today and I just need to keep reminding myself of that. Sometimes it just feels like I write words to create more work for myself because revising always comes after. Maybe I need to work on being more optimistic.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Revising. I’m going to do it all. I have no doubt I will be incredibly busy. I just hope I have the willpower and energy to accomplish everything I’ve put on my own plate.

May 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 321,598
  • Today’s word count: 285
  • Thoughts: I’m making progress. It feels pretty good to know I’m making progress with my writing. For so long I’ve felt like I was treading water. Getting past that point has been such a huge relief. Now that I’m out of that place, I don’t know what was holing me back.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t want to let this motivation fade away. That means balancing maintaining my writing mojo and giving myself time to rest. The last thing I want to do is burn myself out when things just started to look good again.

May 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,899
  • Today’s word count: 301
  • Thoughts: I honestly struggled to get started today. I sat and stared at the blinking cursor and started to despair. It seemed like the vision I’d had for the scene had evaporated and left me without an inkling of where to go. Then I decided to just start writing anyway. I still have no idea where I was taking this scene before, but I’m satisfied with where it is going now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Undecided. I might write. I might take the day off since I have to go to the store in the morning and I have an event in the evening. We’ll see what happens during the afternoon, I suppose.

May 17 & 18

I suspected I might end up taking the weekend off and I wasn’t wrong. Friday was busy. I knew that was going to happen. I didn’t write during the brief period of downtime I had so writing just didn’t happen. Then Saturday happened. I was exhausted at the start of the day. Then I ended up being incredibly busy later in the day. It wasn’t something I expected to happen so I couldn’t adjust and plan accordingly.

I’m not complaining (much) since taking breaks has been my new normal this year. Overall, I think taking time off most weekends has helped me a lot. I’m probably just as stressed out as ever, but I’m only stressed out 5 days a week. I can live with that.

May 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,960
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: I had a busy morning and afternoon and a quiet night at home. It wasn’t the most productive day ever,  but I wrote and posted a new chapter! This whole weekend was exhausting so writing at all felt like a huge accomplishment. No complaints here.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m staying home and relaxing. I should have plenty of time to write. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens though. Life has been pretty unpredictable lately. It’s almost exciting.

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