Writing Progress March 9–15, 2020

daily writing progress

March 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,439
  • Today’s word count: 143
  • Thoughts: I thought today was going to end up being a disaster. For a long time my attempts to write were going terribly. I seriously considered giving up and going to bed. However, close to bedtime I managed to buckle down and write a handful of decent sentences. I’m not complaining.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. The optimist in me believes I can keep the momentum from late tonight going tomorrow. It’s not impossible, but past experience tells me it isn’t too likely. We’ll see what happens! I’m going to stay positive.

March 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,527
  • Today’s word count: 88
  • Thoughts: I picked at the story today, but I couldn’t get into the process of writing. My enthusiasm was at a low point. There’s too much else going on in the world. I try to avoid news until after I’ve made some progress with my writing for the day but I failed at that today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Avoid the news. Write all the words. Let’s get this thing done. I know I’m getting close to the end of the draft. I want to finish it so I can move on to the next step with The Dreams and start my next project as well!

March 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,585
  • Today’s word count: 58
  • Thoughts: I was struggling again. This time I allowed myself to get distracted and once I was distracted I couldn’t get back to work. It’s my own fault. Fortunately, I was distracted by reading so I was at least surrounded by words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Be less distracted. Write more. Maybe still find time to read. I know when I get into these moods I struggle to stop reading something I’ve already started. I’ll at least try to pace myself and write during breaks from reading.

March 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,673
  • Today’s word count: 88
  • Thoughts: I think I pinpointed why I’m having trouble writing lately. I’m anxious. There’s a lot to be anxious about these days and it’s pretty hard to get away from the constant bombardment of increasingly distressing news. I’m not happy with the way it is affecting my writing, but I’m trying to accept that I can only do so much about it. I’ll just keep hoping tomorrow will be less stressful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Friday is back again. I’m not sure how things are going to go. I still have to go to the store and I have a feeling it will be an even more anxiety inducing experience than usual. I don’t know if I will have the mental energy to write after that. Maybe I will need to write to escape?

March 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,683
  • Today’s word count: 10
  • Thoughts: Today was everything I feared. I experienced absolute chaos when I went to the grocery store. It left me completely drained. I tried to write. That didn’t go very well. Then I changed gears and cleaned up a scene to post on Patreon. That worked out better. At least I was somewhat productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll manage to write. I hope so. I’m just going to do my best. There’s not much else I can do.

March 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,807
  • Today’s word count: 124
  • Thoughts: Another day full of stress. I managed to write a bit more today, but it was really hard to focus on something productive. Every time I had an opportunity to sit down and write I found myself sucked into worrying about the state of the world. However, I tried and had a little bit of success. I’ll take it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s going to be hard to keep my mind off the state of the world, but I think it is more than worth the effort. I don’t want to spend all my time worrying.

March 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,946
  • Today’s word count: 139
  • Thoughts: Today looked like it was going to be a total failure for the longest time. Then I just felt a small burst of motivation. I jumped on it and got a bit of work done before life caught up with me again. If I could just get the hang of blocking out the world for a while each day I know I could get so much more done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Less worrying. It’s easier said than done, but I have to keep trying. It’s good for me. I can’t live my life if I’m constantly stressed about things outside of my control.

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