Writing Progress April 20–26, 2020

daily writing progress

April 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 161,270
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: My focus just wasn’t there today. I had really high hopes for my ability to be productive and I fell short. there wasn’t anything in particular preventing me from writing. I was just feeling discouraged in general. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. These are weird, awful times and I’m stressed out enough as it is. I shouldn’t be piling more on top of what I can’t control.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. Like I said, I’m trying to keep the pressure low. I need to strike a balance between taking care of myself and getting things done. I have a feeling doing the first will lead to the second.

April 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 161,703
  • Today’s word count: 433
  • Thoughts: Yay! I managed to write more. It’s still not a ton of words, but I finished another scene today. Overall it was a pretty good day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’re getting to the end of Camp NaNoWriMo. I need to keep writing more and more each day if I’m going to win. I have my doubts that I’ll win (I never win Camp NaNoWriMo) but I have to keep trying!

April 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,055
  • Today’s word count: 352
  • Thoughts: I’m starting to notice a new norm in my writing routine. I’m “comfortable” while writing 300-400 words. Above that the day feels above average and word counts below that feel below average. The averages of my daily word counts since 2015 reflect this as well. My average words per day right now sits at 378. Yay for data! Now I just want to pull that average up a bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I guess I have to get to work on pulling that average up, don’t I? It’ll take a lot of hard work, but I know it will be worth it.

April 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,231
  • Today’s word count: 176
  • Thoughts: I just had a bad day. It happens sometimes. I’m not sure if anything caused it to happen today. I tried to write, but I wasn’t feeling it. I tried anyway. It went about as well as I expected.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday. I’m not counting on tomorrow being fantastic, but I’m hoping I can settle down and get some writing done after I get back from the grocery store. At least I don’t go out to more than one place these days. It’s just a shame even going to one store is so draining these days.

April 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,270
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: This might have been the most Friday of Fridays I’ve had in a while. I’m not happy about it, but it happened and now I need to live with it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Have a better Saturday. It honestly shouldn’t be too hard considering just how terrible this day was. Things would have to go very wrong to be worse than this.

April 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,316
  • Today’s word count: 46
  • Thoughts: If you want to see about how this today went in comparison to yesterday, all you need to do is look at my word counts. I’m not having a great weekend. These days I’m just feeling drained by worry and there’s a lot to worry about lately. It doesn’t leave a lot of room in my brain for writing stuff.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope I can get back to writing. There’s only so much worrying I can do. I’ll certainly try to worry beyond the limit, but even will have to stop eventually. Hopefully I can divert all that energy toward my writing immediately.

April 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,530
  • Today’s word count: 214
  • Thoughts: I managed to put some more energy toward writing today. It helped. Doing it made me feel a bit better. Writing was still a bit of struggle. Barely writing for a few days means I needed some time to get back into the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep the writing moving forward. Now that I’ve taken the time to get back into the story, I don’t want to lose my place again. I waste so much time getting the flow back to the story back after a break that I can’t keep swinging from productive to unproductive.

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