Writing Progress March 30–April 5, 2020

daily writing progress

March 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,010
  • Today’s word count: 35
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. I’m still not sleeping well. It’s hurt my writing. Not writing much at all is starting to eat at me. I have the words in me and they feel trapped by my mind being fogged over. I’m tired and stressed and generally struggling. Something needs to change.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep! I’m going to try to force myself to sleep in. I can’t do much about external stressors, but I can at least make an effort to reduce the strain on my mind and body caused by lack of sleep. Maybe I’ll feel more like writing if I’m less sleep deprived.

March 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,064
  • Today’s word count: 54
  • Thoughts: I almost didn’t write at all. I tried to justify it by thinking of it as saving my writing energy for after midnight. Then I decided I didn’t want to waste the writing energy I had. I didn’t write much, but something is better than nothing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Camp NaNoWriMo! My goal for April is 20,000 words. It’s going to be a stretch compared to what I’ve been achieving lately, but I think I can do it. I’ll have a community of writers backing me up with their writing energy.

April 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,366
  • Today’s word count: 302
  • Thoughts: This was about average for the first day of a NaNoWriMo event for me. I hardly ever reach my word count target on the first day. That goes double for any Camp NaNoWriMo event. I never do well at these things, but I have so much fun trying.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I wonder if I’ll manage to get caught up on the second day of camp? The only way to find out is to try!

April 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,696
  • Today’s word count: 330
  • Thoughts: I’m making progress. I’m still not hitting my word count goal for each day for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m getting there and the progress I’m making is more important than hitting a rather arbitrary goal. This is such a strange, scary time so now more than ever I’m going to celebrate any creative work I manage to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I have to venture out into the world and run my weekly errands. It’s stressful under ordinary circumstances so tomorrow should be extra stressful. We’ll see what I feel like doing after that.

April 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,806
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: Somehow Fridays are still Fridays even in these unusual times. I’m exhausted. I’m stressed out. I’m still trying to write. I managed some words, but I definitely feel like it isn’t enough. That’ something I’m trying to work on. There’s so much going on in the world today. I need to stop thinking of my efforts as not enough. I’m only dragging myself down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I have time. I just need to figure out how to get myself to use it for writing. It’s so easy to fall down a rabbit hole of dread and worry these days.

April 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,910
  • Today’s word count: 104
  • Thoughts: Another not so great day… I wish I could finally break out of this cycle. This just isn’t a great time to push to do more. I don’t want to make myself more miserable when my options for ways to cheer up are so limited.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’ll see how it goes. I’m trying to write, but I’m slipping back into not sleeping enough and worrying too much. I think getting out of that funk is going to take priority.

April 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,988
  • Today’s word count: 78
  • Thoughts: I started the day with high hopes. Those hopes were dashed by a migraine that started just before I had an opportunity to really focus on my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep. If things work out that way, I should have time to try to catch up on my writing. I’m not going to think about the possibility that I’ll still have a migraine. I want to think positive.

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