Writing Progress November 4 – 10, 2019

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November 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 100,501
  • Today’s word count: 219
  • Thoughts: I thought I would spend the day at home and writing. I ended up having more work to do out in the real world. It took a lot out of me and honestly, I’m starting to feel a little discouraged. I need time and I’m not getting it. Instead I’m having days that leave me more and more drained and further behind.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Once again I have a reason to go out and face the world. There will be less of a social aspect to tomorrow’s task so I’m hoping I won’t end up as drained. Time will be the main factor.

November 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 101,404
  • Today’s word count: 903
  • Thoughts: Yay! Today went about as well as I could have hoped. I’m still not writing at NaNoWriMo levels, but I’m getting there and making progress. I’m going to get there soon. I can feel it. As long as I’m making progress at this point, I’m happy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I shouldn’t have to go out and run any errands. Hiding from the November weather and ignoring the world while writing sounds like just what I need at this point. I’m getting what I need and I’m going to make the most of it.

November 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 102,435
  • Today’s word count: 1,031
  • Thoughts: I did it! I managed over 1,000 words in a day. It’s been a while since that last happened. A long, long while. I’m just glad it happened again. Now I need to keep doing better. This is NaNoWriMo. There’s plenty of motivation and support around.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should have another rather uneventful day. That should make it easy for me to make time to sit down and focus on my writing. It’s a lot easier this month since so many of my friends are also doing NaNoWriMo and aren’t providing as many distractions as usual.

November 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 102,635
  • Today’s word count: 200
  • Thoughts: I lost some steam today. I just wasn’t feeling it. I wasn’t feeling much of anything. I wrapped up a big, emotional scene and had a hard time starting the next one. Maybe I was emotionally drained? It’s hard to tell.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s Friday, but it’s also NaNoWriMo. I’m going to make it work. That’s the extra motivation I’m missing the rest of the year. I can make this work.

November 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 103,442
  • Today’s word count: 807
  • Thoughts: It’s not NaNoWriMo good, but it’s such a vast improvement over yesterday. I can’t help feeling thrilled. I’m making progress. This month is going great, in my opinion. Maybe it’ll just keep getting better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Saturdays can be tricky, but this will be a NaNoWriMo Saturday. This month has some special power to keep me on track. Maybe I just talk up this month so much that people in my life have just made it a habit to leave me alone and let me write during this month. Sometimes I even get encouragement!

November 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 103,721
  • Today’s word count: 279
  • Thoughts: Today went about as well as I expected. I hoped for more, but I knew better than to count on it. I spent most of the day feeling restless and unable to focus. It wasn’t helped by everything seeming to want to pull me in a different direction. I’m impressed I managed to focus enough to write at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Sundays are usually pretty quiet. I shouldn’t be too distracted. I hope.

November 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 103,979
  • Today’s word count: 258
  • Thoughts: What a distracted day! I sat down to write and then I stood up again. I walked around and danced a bit to work off some of my excess energy, but the energy seemed to be infinite! Obviously, I did have a bit of success, but it wasn’t the sort of day I wanted to have.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: This week I should have a quiet Monday. It feels like I haven’t had one of those in a long, long time. It’s probably been two weeks, but my feelings don’t care. It’s been forever.

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My 3 Day Writing Streak Badge

I was feeling a little demotivated when I discovered the NaNoWriMo site is glitching and not giving everyone their writing streak badges. I managed to earn my 2 day streak badge but the site did not give me a 3 day streak badge yesterday.

Fortunately, the wonderful people at NaNoWriMo have downloadable writing streak badges we can use and display for ourselves.

I won’t be discouraged. If I can’t get the badge on the website right now, I’ll display my badge right here.

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Let’s hope the badges are working again by the time I reach my 7 day writing streak. If not, I guess I’ll be back here to share another milestone.

If you’re looking for badges to celebrate your NaNoWriMo writing streak, you can download them here. Thanks so much to the lovely people doing their best to provide motivation and inspiration to struggling WriMos.

Writing Progress October 28 – November 3, 2019

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October 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,497
  • Today’s word count: 74
  • Thoughts: I feel like I say this almost all the time. Today was not great but it was better than yesterday. This pattern would be more welcome if I didn’t constantly have bad days that cause my word count to slide back down to zero. I’d love it if I had a slow, but steady increase in my daily word count.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sit down and write. I’ve been having a hard time lately, but I can’t keep allowing that to excuse taking so much time away from my writing. I’m getting discouraged and I know I’ll feel better if I just write.

October 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,635
  • Today’s word count: 138
  • Thoughts: Progress! I told myself I needed to write more than yesterday and I did it. I set a goal and I reached it. If I could do this consistently, I feel like I might actually get somewhere.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling optimistic. I might be able to accomplish something significant. Only time will tell. Let’s hope for a good day.

October 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,642
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. Today was a bad writing day. I tried. It just wasn’t happening. Part of it was just me being easily distracted and part of it was feeling discouraged since I know I’ll be dropping this project until December.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if I’ll write at all. I certainly won’t hold myself back if I feel like it, but I also want to read through what I’ve written of draft 3 of The Dreams so far. That way I’ll be prepared to pick up where I left off for NaNoWriMo.

October 31

Halloween/NaNoEve!

No writing progress made.

I took a reading day to re-familiarize myself with the project I’m continuing for NaNoWriMo. It went pretty well, if I do say so myself. Let’s hope NaNoWriMo goes well too.

November 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 99,481
  • Today’s word count: 532
  • Thoughts: This was not a fantastic start to NaNoWriMo, but it is a fantastic result for a Friday for me. I wish I could have had a rock star start to the month, but I never have a landslide writing day at the start of NaNo. I’m a little envious of people who consistently pull it off. They should teach me their ways and/or give me some of their good writing luck.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I might not be able to have a strong start to the month, but I can usually get caught up pretty quickly. I have to keep reminding myself I’ve been doing this since 2006 and I know what I’m doing.

November 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 99,962
  • Today’s word count: 481
  • Thoughts: Once again, today was not a bad day of writing in general, but it wasn’t NaNoWriMo-level good. Am I surprised? Not really. I’m awful at focusing on the weekend. There’s too many other things going on.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’s NaNoWriMo. Of course I’m going to write. Maybe I’ll even play catch up. Sundays are usually nice and quiet for me so there’s a chance of it happening.

November 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 100,282
  • Today’s word count: 320
  • Thoughts: Ugh. I had so much hope for today. It ended up being another day of sliding backwards into word counts closer to what is normal for me lately. I thought I could turn it around today since I would have no other obligations. Somehow, the obligations always manage to find me. It’s so disappointing. I need to practice my “no”.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to sit down, ignore the world, and write. Monday might make it harder than Sunday, but it should still be possible. Let’s see if I can make it work!

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What I Read in October

Reading was interesting this month. One of the things I read this month was my own writing. That was a weird experience, but definitely a worthwhile one! I didn’t hate everything I read!

Books I finished reading in October:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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I’m still savoring this read through of The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s a book I’ve ready multiple times before and this time around I’m enjoying the songs and picking up as many references to the ancient history of Middle Earth I can.

Do you ever do this with books you love?

What books have you read recently? I’d love to know!

Last Minute NaNoWriMo Prep

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Happy NaNoEve!

It’s Halloween so there are plenty of tricks and treats to keep us distracted during the final countdown to the start of NaNoWriMo. However, it’s not a bad idea to spend a little time on last minute preparations to make the start of NaNoWriMo slightly less stressful.

This afternoon I’m making a huge pot of Japanese style curry. It’ll get my boyfriend and I through at least the beginning of the month. If I’m lucky, I might manage to make enough to add to my arsenal of frozen leftovers for later in the month as well. I have a feeling leftovers and take out are going to rule the month of November.

Later tonight I’ll probably use up some of my excited energy tidying up the apartment. It’s going to be far from sparkling, but with a little bit of extra effort I might be able to get away with letting some things slide for the first few days of the month. Those extra moments of writing really add up when I still have excess energy.

I’m also taking time today to read over what I have written of my draft so far. It’s a different kind of start to NaNoWriMo than usual, but it’s also kind of fun. I haven’t worked on this project in month so I’m going back to it with fresh eyes. Maybe I should be concerned about wanting to change what I’ve already written?

What sort of last minute preparations are you making for NaNoWriMo today?


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Writing Progress October 21 – 27, 2019

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October 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,042
  • Today’s word count: 64
  • Thoughts: I tried. I just didn’t have much luck with my focus. My anxiety is still pretty high and it definitly hurt my ability to concentrate on any task. After fighting with my writing for a while, I took a step back and tried to relax. The biggest problem is I know I’d feel better if I could just lose myself in my writing. I’m just too stuck in my own head to get there right now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Less anxiety. More writing. Maybe a good night’s sleep will do the trick. Who knows. I’ll just keep trying until I get somewhere.

October 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,152
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: Today was better, but it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. I had high hopes of a massive word count. It just didn’t happen. I’m too easily distracted by every little thing. I felt more settled today, but I’m still a long way away from feeling calm. I’ll get there eventually. Probably.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Another day of staying in and trying my best to avoid distractions. Can I do it? Only time will tell!

October 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,324
  • Today’s word count: 172
  • Thoughts: Progress! I’m getting better day by day. I need to pick up the pace, but I’m getting there. It’s hard to be patient. Maybe I should just push myself to get it alld one in one go. I’m a little afraid of the burnout, but would the effects of that actually be any worse than the painfully slow progress I’ve been making.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should have another quiet day at home to focus on getting things done. Writing is at the top of the to-do list, but it’s not the only item on it. The other things are just chores, but I should give them a bit of my time and attention anyway.

October 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,327
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Today was not a good day for me anxiety-wise. I’ll leave it at that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’m not going to hope for much. If I can manage more than I did today, I’ll be happy.

October 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,373
  • Today’s word count: 46
  • Thoughts: I managed to write more words than yesterday! That seems like a small feat, but considering my track record with Fridays and my writing, I think it’s a pretty great accomplishment. I’m still anxious. I’ve been going through a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with my writing but really hinders my ability to write. I’m still not ready to just unload all of that stuff on the internet, but someday I might feel differently.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I have some things to do later in the day but I’m going to try my best to get some writing done before then. It rarely works, but it doesn’t stop me from trying!

October 26

No writing progress made. Isn’t anxiety fun?

October 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,423
  • Today’s word count: 50
  • Thoughts: I wrote. It wasn’t much, but it’s better than I have been doing. My anxiety has been through the roof and it causes me to get stuck in loops. I feel like I have to wander through a labyrinth to escape every worrying thought. If I want to write I have to get to it the moment I come up for air between bouts of anxiety. As you can imagine, thinking like that only makes me more anxious in general.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. Relax. Get out of this cycle of nearly endless anxiety. I think I can do it. Eventually.

How is your writing going? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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Writing Progress October 14 -20, 2019

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October 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,784
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: Ugh. I don’t know what went wrong today. I had time. I had energy. I didn’t have focus and I couldn’t find it. I tried. It definitely wasn’t enough. The few words I managed to write aren’t bad, but I’m disappointed in how little I have to show for my effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I just need to find my focus. I’m feeling motivated. I’ll have time to put into my writing. It’s going to happen. I just need to keep telling myself that and eventually I’ll make it into a consistent thing.

October 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,899
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: Not bad, but not great. Today was certainly better than yesterday. It just wasn’t an amazing day of writing. One thing I did do to try to improve my productivity is switch the orientation of my primary monitor. Sometimes portrait orientation makes writing easier and procrastination harder. Oh yeah, I also posted a new chapter today. Check it out if you haven’t already.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have to go out for a little bit in the middle of the day, but I’m going to try not to let that throw me off too much. We’ll see what happens.

October 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,935
  • Today’s word count: 36
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Going out in the middle of the day, even for a little while, just throws everything off. I felt like I couldn’t get too deep into my work before I had to leave and when I came back I felt like I needed to play catch up. This is definitely a personal problem I need to work on. I get too anxious when I know I can’t get lost in my own head all day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home, away from the March-like wind and write! I have no reason to go anywhere so I should be able to get things done.

October 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,940
  • Today’s word count: 5
  • Thoughts: Today was not my day. I tried to write and just couldn’t. Days like this are hard. There’s no anticipating them and not much I can do in the moment other than be patient with myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I will try to write, of course. I’m just not sure it will happen. It’s hard to guess what will happen when so much of the day is out of my control.

October 18 and 19

No writing progress made. Life got incredibly hectic and stressful. I’m still processing everything, but I really needed those days off from being creative to get back to anything resembling normal.

I’ll probably write about what’s going on in my life later, but right now I’m not ready.

October 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,978
  • Today’s word count: 38
  • Thoughts: I spent a lot of time today out of the house. I got some delicious pumpkin out of it so it was worth it. Once I got home, I was pretty exhausted. I tried to write a bit, but getting back into it after my break wasn’t the easiest thing in the world.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully I’ll start to get back to writing. It’s not going to be easy. Things are still pretty chaotic in my life. Maybe writing will be a good escape.

How is your writing going? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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I finally picked a NaNoWriMo project

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I’ve been going back and forth on my options for NaNoWriMo this year for months. This month I finally settled on a single project.

I’m going to be continuing the 3rd draft of The Dreams next month. If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’re probably used to hearing this by now. This is my go-to project for most NaNo events. I’ve been making progress bit-by-bit with the draft and NaNoWriMo is a great excuse/source of motivation to focus on it again.

I feel like I need to be producing new content and a rewrite or new draft doesn’t really count as new in my mind. What do you think? Is a complete rewrite worthy of being considered new?

Now that I’ve settled on working on this 3rd draft, it should be obvious I’m rebelling again. Labeling myself a rebel used to bother me. I worried I was going against the spirit of NaNo. These days I know better.

There’s nothing wrong with doing something different for NaNoWriMo. I do think it is worthwhile to start a brand new project and reach 50k at least once during NaNo, but that doesn’t have to happen every year.

This will be my 14th year participating. I’m sure there are people that have started with a brand new draft every years 14 years in a row, but that’s not for me. I’d love to start from zero on November 1 again, but I’m writing all year and the stars need to align for that to happen. I’ve done a traditional NaNoWriMo and won. I’ve rebelled and won. At this point, I just want to write 50k every November with the energy and support of the community to motivate me.

Have you picked a project for NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear about it!

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