Writing Progress March 16–22, 2020

daily writing progress

March 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,055
  • Today’s word count: 109
  • Thoughts: My anxiety was through the roof today. It was terrible. Things are not getting better or simpler. There’s so much uncertainty. My writing should be an escape, but I’m struggling to get to the point of being able to focus on it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Ignore the world, get cozy and write!

March 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,273
  • Today’s word count: 218
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better. I’m improving my “ignore the world” skills somewhat. I still get sucked into the news and feel my anxiety growing, but I also managed to step away and take a break. That’s progress. I can’t expect myself to be perfect on the first day of trying. Of all the steps, I think I struggled with getting cozy the most. Staying warm on days when it’s just not quite cold enough to run the heat is hard! I can only drink so much tea and coffee, after all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same. Maybe I’ll find a way to make tea warm me up for more than a few minutes. Maybe I need to figure out a way to make my fingerless gloves even warmer?

March 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,395
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. There’s too much bad news in the world and I keep getting sucked into it because it feels too urgent to ignore. I know I should be taking breaks for my mental health, but I just end up worrying more. Writing should be an escape from that. It works pretty well until I pause for any reason. Once I stop, it’s so hard to start again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Don’t be discouraged. The more I write, the better I feel. I have to keep trying to write.

March 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,459
  • Today’s word count: 64
  • Thoughts: This was just a bad day. I couldn’t get started. Then I finally felt like I could settle down and write and I got a headache. The derailed all my plans. It’s unfortunate, but it happens sometimes.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be a bit of an unusual Friday for me. I’m not running errands which might make it easier to get some work done. I’m looking forward to trying to write as many words as possible. Maybe a change in my weekly routine is what I’ve needed?

March 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,544
  • Today’s word count: 85
  • Thoughts: My writing goals got pushed to the side today. I went into the day intending to write plenty of words. Then I ended up playing a game. I wrote a bit while playing the game. Later I watched my boyfriend play a game. I meant to write while I watched him play, but I barely wrote anything. It was a fun day, but not a particularly productive one.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping I’ll be able to write more. I have errands to run in the morning (not looking forward to that with the way things have been lately) but after that I should have plenty of time to focus on writing more words.

March 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,651
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: I managed to write more today. Somehow. Honestly, I felt like I didn’t have the emotional or physical energy to write at all. I sat down and thought I’d write a couple words to be able to say I wrote something today. I wrote a bit more and I’m not complaining.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’s hard to stay focused these days, but I have to keep going. I’d feel so much worse if I stopped writing.

March 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,228
  • Today’s word count: 577
  • Thoughts: Wow! I struggled today. First it was general internet distractions. Then it was my cats demanding my full attention. Somehow I managed to write more than any other day this week. It was surprising. I’m thrilled with my productivity. I want to do it again, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I can’t manage it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m sure I’ll write something. Maybe I’ll have another great day.

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