Writing Progress March 1–7, 2021

daily writing progress

March 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,409
  • Today’s word count: 128
  • Thoughts: This day had so much potential. I started writing in the afternoon which is rare for me these days. I lost my momentum pretty quickly. Life is just too distracting. I could do a better job of blocking distractions out but I get anxious about missing important things. I know I can do better. I just need to come up with a better strategy for managing my anxiety so I can do the work I need to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if I’ll have a better strategy by tomorrow, but I want to write more. We’ll see what happens.

March 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,554
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: I thought this day would be great. Then I had to live the day and it wasn’t nearly as great as I expected. Writing didn’t come easily. I really thought that things would go smoothly today and I started to despair when it didn’t work out that way. I trudged through the muck and managed to write something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: A good writing day would be nice. I haven’t had one in a while. I want to make it happen.

March 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,643
  • Today’s word count: 89
  • Thoughts: Today was a start and stop writing day. I wrote a sentence or two. Then I stopped. I wrote another sentence or two and I needed a break. It wasn’t ideal. I do so much better when I can focus on writing for a decent length of time even if I don’t write a lot during that time. The best possible day would probably be multiple writing sessions at least 30 minutes long, but I’m not in a mental place to make that happen consistently these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can spend more time on writing. Getting at least one solid writing session in would feel like a huge win at this point.

March 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,702
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: Today was a chaotic day. I was away early. I went on a walk. I came home exhausted and never got the lost energy back. I don’t regret the walk, but I need to plan better. Going on a walk in the morning isn’t a bad idea, but it doesn’t work out well when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. I’ll probably go on more walks after getting a proper night’s sleep now that the weather is starting to improve. Hopefully those walks will have a positive effect on my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Right now I don’t even feel like setting a goal. I want to just see what happens if I let myself do whatever I want after I wrap up my errands.

March 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,708
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: Was having no goal the problem or was the day in general the problem? I don’t know. I struggled to get any words down and I have no confidence in the few words I wrote and kept.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be wintery cold but I’m going to go out and walk around for Pokemon Go community day anyway. We’ll see how the affects my ability to write. I’ll have less time but will I have less inspiration?

March 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,767
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: I was outside for a long time today. It was cold and windy, but it was really great just to be somewhere else for a while. There’s still some piles of snow trying to thaw out, but around the park there were plenty of signs of spring coming soon! Eventually I did come back home and I tried to write a bit before going to sleep. It wasn’t much, but I didn’t delete the same sentences over and over. In fact, I added a bit here and there to the latest scene because I’ve been too hard on myself and cutting things I shouldn’t.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll write more. I can tell there was a shift in my mindset today so I’m optimistic about seeing change in my writing habits. I doubt it will be drastic, but a small change can make a big difference when dealing with this monster of a project.

March 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,988
  • Today’s word count: 221
  • Thoughts: Wow! I hoped and hoped for a day like this and I finally got it. I wrote without deleting the same sentence multiple times. Getting some momentum behind my words worked just like I knew it would. I’m still not writing very quickly, but managing a net gain hundreds of words over the course of the day is a huge step in the right direction.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Obviously I want to build on today’s success. I’m in a part of the story I really wanted to build on and expand in this draft. These parts are the most exciting for me. Maybe part of my problem is trying to give as much attention to parts of the story that are already strong as the parts that I know need a rewrite. I need to get better a revising my drafts.

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