Writing Progress September 28–October 4, 2020

daily writing progress

September 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,453
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: This just wasn’t my day. I can’t really call it a bad day. I had some fun. I just couldn’t do anything that required concentration. My mind only wanted to wander. Once I realized it was happening I probably should have called it quits instead of frustrating myself by failing to focus over and over again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I hope I’ll have a better mindset after I sleep. If I do, I should be able to write a decent amount. If I’m still in a weird mood, I might take the day for reading.

September 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,504
  • Today’s word count: 51
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. I have energy. I have ideas. I don’t have any amount of focus. All day I jump from one thing to the next. Nothing is getting done. It’s not just writing that’s suffering.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write. I don’t know if it will happen. Before I can try to write, I need to figure out what is causing me to be so distracted. If I don’t know what’s wrong, I can’t address it.

September 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,746
  • Today’s word count: 242
  • Thoughts: I was ready to call it a night, shut off the computer and read for a bit when I decided to try writing just one more time. I don’t know if it was the late hour, the random playlist I picked on Spotify, or a bolt of inspiration, but I managed to write more than a few words!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want a repeat or better. It’d be great if I could pull it off before bedtime too. I’m probably asking too much of myself after the bad run I’ve had.

October 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,825
  • Today’s word count: 79
  • Thoughts: I’m still not back at 100% it seems. There’s a lot going on these days and existing in a bubble isn’t possible, even if I know it would make it easier to focus on being creative. I hate it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’ll keep my expectations low. I want to write. Hopefully I’ll be able to carve out some time and muster up enough focus to make it happen.

October 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,834
  • Today’s word count: 9
  • Thoughts: Wow. This was such a Friday. I ended up having so many things to do that had nothing to do with writing. It was a great day, though. Old friends came back online. I watched some streaming spooky movies with friends virtually. Writing might not have been a priority but it was refreshing. Maybe it will help my writing later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Time to get back to writing! I hope my refreshed energy will stick around and I can put it to good use. I have a lot of words to write.

October 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,870
  • Today’s word count: 36
  • Thoughts: I really did think I would be able to write more today. It just didn’t turn out that way. Today wasn’t a bad day. I just allowed myself to be a lot more distracted than I planned. I wanted to write but breaking away from the distractions was almost impossible. The next thing I knew, it was time to go to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want is a good day of writing. I’m willing to do almost anything to make it happen. If I have to go to bed early to reset my mind, I’ll do it. If I have to switch off the internet all day, I’ll do it. This draft needs to be written and I need to get past whatever is holding me back.

October 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,990
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: Today went a bit better than the last few days. Am I bouncing back? I don’t know what to expect. I had a good day a few days ago and it didn’t stick. It’s too soon to get my hopes up. I’ll just have to keep working on writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as I write I’ll be happy. If I write more than today I’ll be thrilled. My expectations are low. Maybe I’ll start aiming higher after I get back on track.

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