Writing Progress April 5–11, 2021

daily writing progress

April 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,229
  • Today’s word count: 50
  • Thoughts: Today’s writing went a little bit better than it had over the weekend. It’s still not great, but I feel like I’m making progress again. I might be able to get back on track this week. Today gave me hope for that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want is a day to focus on nothing but writing. Tomorrow could be that day. I don’t have any commitments to take me away from home. If I get distracted and off track, it will be my own fault. There’s a lot of bad habits I need to break. Mainly the one where I get stuck on my writing and try to mull it over while playing a strategy game. Those are usually a little more distracting than I give them credit for.

April 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,574
  • Today’s word count: 345
  • Thoughts: I finally did it! My word count for the day is above my target daily word count for CampNaNoWriMo. Finally! I was starting to worry this rather low goal was somehow still beyond my reach this month. I might be able to make it work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep the momentum going. There’s still a lot of words to be written both for Camp and just to reach the end of this draft. I’m getting close. That’s exciting but it also makes it that much harder to keep going. Ending are hard to get right and I get incredibly picky when everything is probably just fine.

April 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,722
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: I was hoping to have another day like yesterday but I ended up writing less than half that. It’s still not a terribly low word count compared to what I’ve been accomplishing lately, but I wanted to do more. I just couldn’t focus today. I’d add a couple words or maybe a sentence and then my mind would wander and it would take me ages to wrestle my attention back on topic.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to be more focused. I’m not sure how I should go about doing that, but I have to try something. At times like this I really miss having the option to take my laptop to the library to write.

April 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,858
  • Today’s word count: 136
  • Thoughts: Once again, I wrote more than my average lately but because of CampNaNoWriMo it doesn’t feel like much. I’m trying not to get discouraged about that because progress is progress, but it’s not easy. I’ll just keep going. My goal is low enough to make one fantastic day of writing enough to get caught up or very close to it. I won’t give up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. It’s supposed to rain off and on all day. I’m hoping I can get my errands down without getting too wet. Then I should be able to stay home. Maybe a lot of writing will happen then? I’ll try to keep my expectations low.

April 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,922
  • Today’s word count: 64
  • Thoughts: Today went about as well as well as I can expect for a Friday. After running errands I didn’t have a lot of creative energy. I tried to write, but I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to do so many things. Writing is on the list, of course. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get everything done, but I’m going to do my best!

April 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,944
  • Today’s word count: 22
  • Thoughts: Nothing went as expected today. I had plenty of time to write, but I couldn’t get my mind to settle down and get to work. I wanted to do more. I guess I just needed a day to do other things/nothing at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Now that I basically took a break I really want to get back to work. Some days writing is just easier than others. Hopefully tomorrow will be an easy day.

April 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,013
  • Today’s word count: 69
  • Thoughts: I just wasn’t up to doing much of anything today. As soon as I started to do something I was reminded just how tired I was. I tried to write and my eyes got heavy within minutes. Nothing I tried to do energized me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After I sleep I’ll hopefully have more energy. There’s a lot of writing I want to do. None of the problems I’ve had with writing are due to lack of enthusiasm for my WIP. Wanting to writing makes this all the more frustrating.

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