Writing Progress April 27–May 3, 2020

daily writing progress

April 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,821
  • Today’s word count: 291
  • Thoughts: I had a better day writing-wise today, but I got the feeling that my prose wasn’t the best. I guess I can fix it later, but it is still a little discouraging. I’m not sure what was wrong with what I was writing. It just didn’t seem to flow the way I thought it should.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I will not go back and mess with what I wrote today. I won’t. The only way to make progress is to move forward. There will be another draft after this one. I can fix any rough spots then.

April 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,260
  • Today’s word count: 439
  • Thoughts: Writing went so much better today. I thought for a while I would struggle again, but I was patient and eventually I managed to write a bit more easily. Unfortunately, it took me all day to get to this point again. I hate it when that happens (which is almost always).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have so many little things I need to get done tomorrow. Being busy will either completely ruin my chances or make me even more efficient and productive with my writing. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes it doesn’t.

April 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,490
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: This was such a Wednesday sort of day. Everything was right in the middle. Neither good nor bad. I wrote, but it wasn’t a ton of words. I’m not mad about it. Tomorrow might be a better day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. It’ll be the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo so there will be lots of fun, frantic writing energy bouncing around the internet all day. I just need to take advantage of it. We’ll see if it work at the end of the day.

April 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,638
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: I didn’t get that end of NaNoWriMo rush today. There was just a sort of muted feeling to the end of the month. None of my friends were still aiming to win by the end of the month so that might have helped sap my enthusiasm. At least I still wrote something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’ll be Friday but I’m going to try to be optimistic since it will be the start of a new month. I’m not feeling completely burned out the way I do most years at the end of NaNoWriMo so I should be able to keep moving forward.

May 1

I took an unexpected break today. I just didn’t have any motivation and after a while I found a ton of other things that needed to be taken care of and ended up doing them. It was a pretty productive day, but not a good writing day at all.

May 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,739
  • Today’s word count: 101
  • Thoughts: I wrote! For a while there I thought that I wasn’t going to write again. Then I started writing after I should have already been in bed. It’s weird how that happens, but I’m glad I managed to get the words in. It’s not a lot but it’s more than zero.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The plan is to have a chill day at home. I shouldn’t have to go anywhere or do much of anything. I have no idea if it will work out that way, but as long as I’m not dragged out of the house by some forgotten errand, I should have plenty of time to relax and write.

May 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,812
  • Today’s word count: 73
  • Thoughts: The minor writing slump continues. Without Camp NaNoWriMo to motivate me I’m really feeling the effects of living in isolation. I’m tempted to reach out and organize some sort of motivational network for the next month or two, but I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll burn out if I try to keep Camp NaNoWriMo energy going nonstop.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The goal remains the same. I’m going to write. I’m not sure how much. I’m not sure how happy I’ll be with what I manage to write, but I’m going to do it. Hopefully everything will be a little bit better soon.


It’s easy to get obsessed with being productive these days. A lot of people have more time on their hands than ever before. Doing something feels like a way to get through this, but we’re all worried, stressed, and out of our depth. Let’s work on being kind to ourselves during these strange, scary times.

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