Writing Progress December 23 – 29, 2019

daily writing progress

December 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,929
  • Today’s word count: 116
  • Thoughts: I wrote! That’s so much better than what I’ve been doing the last few days. I’ll take any progress at all right now. I didn’t make a ton of progress, but I am feeling optimistic about my work again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It will be a holiday, but I shouldn’t be too distracted. Most of the festivities are happening on another day for me. Aside from a bit of extra Christmas energy, tomorrow should be a pretty normal day.

December 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,024
  • Today’s word count: 95
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It was a holiday and I still managed to write. The day didn’t end up being as completely ordinary as I expected, but I still managed to write a bit. I’d hoped for more, but I always hope for more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Will I try to write on Christmas Day? Probably. I don’t have any big family plans for the day. Everything was scheduled for other days because my mom and my sister both work in healthcare and people still need care even on Christmas.

December 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,049
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: I think it’s pretty funny that I managed to write 25 words on December 25. It’s better than nothing, which was almost what I ended up writing. Every time I think I’ll have a quiet day to focus on getting back into the writing mindset, I end up being wrong. The holidays are just not a good time to write. It won’t stop me from trying and it probably won’t get me to manage my expectations either.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have to go out briefly in the morning, but I will be home the rest of the day. I can stay in and write. I’m not sure how much I’ll get done because I will need some time to re-calibrate myself to my writing. Losing my routine is the worst.

December 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 55
  • Today’s word count: 251,104
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t focus again. I wrote more than I did on Christmas, but comparing a day to Christmas isn’t exactly fair. I should be more productive on a normal day, right?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more! It’ll be Friday so it’s likely not going to happen, but I can aim high. I just need to keep my expectations under control so I don’t end up miserable.

December 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,108
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: Ugh! I told myself to keep my expectations low, and I really, really needed that reminder. Today was a terrible day for writing. I was exhausted. I wasn’t motivated. Nothing I tried seemed to change either of those facts.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not even going to try. I have a family Christmas thing and if I manage to write at all it will be a lovely bonus. If I don’t, I’m going to try my hardest not to be disappointed, but I’ll probably still beat myself up over it.

December 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,111
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Somehow I managed to write while also writing less than yesterday. How? I really don’t know. I started a sentence before going to Christmas festivities and never finished it. I’m sure I’ll be thrilled with myself tomorrow morning. I probably should have pushed myself to wrap up the sentence at least, but I’m not that disciplined.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Write. I shouldn’t have anything that takes me out of the house and it’s supposed to be ugly and rainy all day so I shouldn’t be motivated to go out for any reason.

December 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,247
  • Today’s word count: 136
  • Thoughts: It’s sad that today’s word count feels like an achievement. Usually I’d be complaining about this sort of word count. This month, I’m just happy to write more than a few words. I finished multiple sentences today! I feel like I’m making progress again for the first time in ages.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. As long as my day goes as planned, I should have time to sit down and write some new words. With the way things have been going this month, I’m not going to fully commit to it until it’s actually happening. Something always seems to come up and take me away from writing.

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