Writing Progress September 2 – 8, 2019

daily writing progress

September 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,953
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: Ew. Today was rough. I was exhausted. I’m not sure today stood a chance after the weekend. I just wanted to sleep but I had too much stuff to do and writing was just one item on that list.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting so close to finishing the story. That’s motivating me and making it that much harder to actually get the words out. It’s almost as though the weight of everything I wrote up to this point is now pressing down on every new word I write. If it’s not the right word, I feel as though the entire story is in danger of collapse. It’s ridiculous, of course, but I still worry about it.

September 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,039
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better, right? Well, I still didn’t feel like myself today. I think I just didn’t sleep enough all weekend. I felt really tired deep down in my bones all day today. This was after sleeping for more than nine hours. I really, really overdid it. I need to be more careful so my writing doesn’t suffer.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will feel more rested and able to focus on my writing. I’ll get this story finished soon. It will happen!

September 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,125
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: I can’t believe I wrote the same number of words two days in a row. I’d be thrilled if it wasn’t such a tiny word count. Honestly, I’m just disappointed. I want to write. I don’t know what is blocking me mentally.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to break this bad writing streak. I want to write. I need to write. This story is so close to being finished and I need to get past the anxiety and pressure and just write it.

September 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,257
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Better. Not great, but better. I feel like I’m starting to get back into writing this story. Honestly, I just want it to be over, but I haven’t written the ending yet and I’m beyond stuck on how to get those words out of my mind and into the story. I need more practice with endings.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’ll try to keep my expectations low, but I’m going to do my best to write. I don’t know if I’ll manage to write a ton of words, but I’m at least going to give myself time to write and see what happens.

September 6

Fridays are always tough. I just couldn’t get any writing done today. I had time but it felt so chopped up. As soon as I got settled in and felt like my mind was switching over to writing mode, something else needed to be done. Before I knew it, the day was over. No writing done. I’ll try again tomorrow.

September 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,282
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote. It wasn’t much. I’m still struggling with formulating a plan to get to the end of the story. I’m close, but the ideas I have need to be thoroughly explored before I commit to them. I don’t want to post something that ends up being a wrong turn after another chapter or two.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can just relax at home and write. I need it. I’m just beyond tired of being out and about all weekend long. I miss staying home and hardly seeing anybody. I love my friends and family but their voices can make it harder for me to find my characters again.

September 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,297
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: Ugh. How did I manage to write less than yesterday? Is it the story? Is it my routine? Something isn’t working for me anymore. I need to get to the bottom of it and fix it as soon as possible. This cannot continue.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to get this figured out and I’m going to have productive writing days again. I know I can do it. I’ve had to troubleshoot my writing and my writing routine so many times in the past. I should be a professional by now. It doesn’t seem to get any easier with experience. My ability to trip myself up seems to grow at least as quickly as my ability to spot these problems.

How was your writing this week? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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