Writing Progress March 8–14, 2021

daily writing progress

March 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,226
  • Today’s word count: 238
  • Thoughts: I had another decent writing day! If I can keep this up, I’ll actually get somewhere with my 3rd draft this month. I’m getting closer and closer to the end of the story and I want to build up momentum. Getting my writing muscles back in shape before CampNaNoWriMo isn’t a bad idea either.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want to do is keep writing. I’m getting back to a place where I don’t feel bad about the amount of progress I made in a day. I’m not there yet, but I’m much closer than I’ve been in months.

March 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,504
  • Today’s word count: 278
  • Thoughts: Writing went really well today! I still don’t know what changed but I’m not complaining. I just wish I understood so I don’t accidentally change something important to making writing work. For now I’m going to take advantage of everything just working in my favor for once.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep the writing magic alive. I don’t know how to do it, but I’m not going to let it go away.

March 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,673
  • Today’s word count: 169
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write quite as much today. I think I know why I lost some momentum though. I wrapped up a scene and started another one. A lot of the time I would normally use for writing went to sifting through this part of the story in my old draft to get an idea of what I want to keep and what really needs to be changed to fit the new draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I get back on track? I hope so! I don’t think I lost too much of the momentum I’d built up over the last few days. I did the hard/non-writing work today so tomorrow should be easier.

March 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,901
  • Today’s word count: 228
  • Thoughts: I’m back on track! I’m glad I was able to keep moving forward after stumbling yesterday. I just needed some time to get reoriented. I’m adding a lot of little details to this part of the story so I feel like I’m doing a mix of revising and writing and it is using more of my writing muscles than I have in the past few months.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll have a good writing day on a Friday for once. I still have errands to run. That usually throws me off, but I’m not going to despair. I have to try to write. We’ll see if I get anywhere.

March 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,929
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: I can’t think of a more typical Friday writing session than the one I had today. My intentions were good. My execution wasn’t so great. Fridays scatter my focus so much. I don’t know what I can do to change that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to get back to writing. I hope I can have some peace and quiet to do it, but I can’t quite guess what will happen on Saturdays even if they do tend to be less chaotic than Fridays.

March 13

No writing progress made.

Circumstances sent my anxiety through the roof today. I decided pretty quickly to take a mental heath day. No regrets. I hope I can come back stronger tomorrow.

March 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,035
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I was jet lagged all day. I’m sure a lot of people were. I had a terrible night’s sleep on top of it. It was the left over effects of the anxiety I was dealing with all day Saturday. All I wanted to do was nap. Then I wanted to stay awake until my usual time so I didn’t completely mess up my sleep schedule. There was a brief window of time between fighting a nap and struggling to stay awake long enough to keep my routine where I managed to focus on writing. It was the best part of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe things will start to get back to normal tomorrow. I hope so. I could really use some normal right about now. This novel needs some normal so I can finally get this draft wrapped up.

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