Writing Progress April 26–May 2, 2021

April 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 210,697
  • Today’s word count: 238
  • Thoughts: Today was the best writing day out of the past few. The weekend just didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, but it seems like I managed to overcome at least part of the Monday blues. I’m still spending part of my writing time every day frozen in place. I want to write, but I’m afraid of finishing this draft. I’m going to rewrite this at least one more time. I shouldn’t worry about making an awkward phrase here or there. I have time to fix it later. It just needs to be better than it was before.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to change the way I think about finishing this draft. That will make a huge difference.

April 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 210,806
  • Today’s word count: 109
  • Thoughts: My writing didn’t go the way I wanted. I tried to focus on writing, but even when I gave it my undivided attention, it didn’t result in many words. It was frustrating.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have big, distracting tasks that will keep me from even trying to write for most of the day. I will have to hope I can get my words done in the evening or stay up late and get my writing done then. Maybe I won’t be completely exhausted by then.

April 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 210,987
  • Today’s word count: 181
  • Thoughts: The amount I wrote actually surprised me. After tackling the non-writing tasks I had for the day, I didn’t think I could write much. It was important to at least write something though and once I got started it became easier to write a bit more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I shouldn’t have any distractions taking me too far away from my writing. That doesn’t mean I won’t manage to create some of my own, but who knows how that will turn out for me. Sometimes distractions don’t result in the worst writing days.

April 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 211,058
  • Today’s word count: 71
  • Thoughts: Well, I managed to write a bit. I spent a lot of the day with a total of 7 words written. I wrote that short sentence and then my brain just wanted to be done. Eventually I managed to get a bit more done, but stalling out slowed me down a lot.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can get some writing done. I know better than to expect too much on Fridays. Hopefully I’ll get some stuff done.

April 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 211,118
  • Today’s word count: 60
  • Thoughts: I wrote words! That’s all I thought I could hope for today. Honestly, I’m amazed I managed to write at all. My piano was delivered today. I had to put it together (yay for DIY) and then for the rest of the day I kept feeling pulled back to the keys. My hands have absolutely no piano playing muscles so I had to keep taking breaks which gave me opportunity to stare at my writing and peck out a few new words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll be able to write again. I’m certain the piano will continue to call to me, but I know my fingers will still need lots of breaks. I just need to stay focused and ready to work.

May 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 211,287
  • Today’s word count: 169
  • Thoughts: CampNaNoWriMo might be over, but it seems like my productivity level is remaining about the same. It’s not bad, but it’s not amazing either. I’m okay with it for now. Middle of the road type productivity still produces results. It will just take me a little longer to get to where I’m going.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can keep things moving forward. I’m trying to be patient and accept what I’m able to do each day. Third drafts are weird and hard to gauge how much work is going in just based on word count. I think I’m doing a decent amount of work on this draft each day.

May 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 211,311
  • Today’s word count: 24
  • Thoughts: My anxiety was absolutely awful today. It ruined any hope of getting a decent amount of writing done. I tried. None of my usual strategies worked. My mind insisted on running in circles until my heart rate increased like I’d actually been running.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want is less anxiety and more writing. It’s easy to say that but maybe not as easy to do. Hopefully sleeping will reset my brain and I can have a fresh start.

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