Writing Progress October 28 – November 3, 2019

daily writing progress

October 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,497
  • Today’s word count: 74
  • Thoughts: I feel like I say this almost all the time. Today was not great but it was better than yesterday. This pattern would be more welcome if I didn’t constantly have bad days that cause my word count to slide back down to zero. I’d love it if I had a slow, but steady increase in my daily word count.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sit down and write. I’ve been having a hard time lately, but I can’t keep allowing that to excuse taking so much time away from my writing. I’m getting discouraged and I know I’ll feel better if I just write.

October 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,635
  • Today’s word count: 138
  • Thoughts: Progress! I told myself I needed to write more than yesterday and I did it. I set a goal and I reached it. If I could do this consistently, I feel like I might actually get somewhere.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling optimistic. I might be able to accomplish something significant. Only time will tell. Let’s hope for a good day.

October 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,642
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. Today was a bad writing day. I tried. It just wasn’t happening. Part of it was just me being easily distracted and part of it was feeling discouraged since I know I’ll be dropping this project until December.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if I’ll write at all. I certainly won’t hold myself back if I feel like it, but I also want to read through what I’ve written of draft 3 of The Dreams so far. That way I’ll be prepared to pick up where I left off for NaNoWriMo.

October 31


No writing progress made.

I took a reading day to re-familiarize myself with the project I’m continuing for NaNoWriMo. It went pretty well, if I do say so myself. Let’s hope NaNoWriMo goes well too.

November 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 99,481
  • Today’s word count: 532
  • Thoughts: This was not a fantastic start to NaNoWriMo, but it is a fantastic result for a Friday for me. I wish I could have had a rock star start to the month, but I never have a landslide writing day at the start of NaNo. I’m a little envious of people who consistently pull it off. They should teach me their ways and/or give me some of their good writing luck.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I might not be able to have a strong start to the month, but I can usually get caught up pretty quickly. I have to keep reminding myself I’ve been doing this since 2006 and I know what I’m doing.

November 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 99,962
  • Today’s word count: 481
  • Thoughts: Once again, today was not a bad day of writing in general, but it wasn’t NaNoWriMo-level good. Am I surprised? Not really. I’m awful at focusing on the weekend. There’s too many other things going on.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’s NaNoWriMo. Of course I’m going to write. Maybe I’ll even play catch up. Sundays are usually nice and quiet for me so there’s a chance of it happening.

November 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 100,282
  • Today’s word count: 320
  • Thoughts: Ugh. I had so much hope for today. It ended up being another day of sliding backwards into word counts closer to what is normal for me lately. I thought I could turn it around today since I would have no other obligations. Somehow, the obligations always manage to find me. It’s so disappointing. I need to practice my “no”.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to sit down, ignore the world, and write. Monday might make it harder than Sunday, but it should still be possible. Let’s see if I can make it work!

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2 thoughts on “Writing Progress October 28 – November 3, 2019

  1. Whenever you’re feeling down about not doing…say, 3,000 words per writing session on your NaNo story, just do a head count of how many words you have so far. And remember that each word does add up, whether it’s a lot of words or only seven. 🙂

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    • Thanks.

      The problem these days seems to be that I’m impatient. It wouldn’t be so bad if I turned that impatience into productivity, but it seems to make me less productive.

      I need to accept my pace for what it is and work on building up from there.

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