Writing Progress May 13 – 19, 2019

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May 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,066
  • Today’s word count: 252
  • Thoughts: Wrapping up this chapter did not go quite as smoothly as I thought it would. It still went pretty well, but my confidence faltered a bit and I was unsure how I should wrap up the chapter. I think I finally figured it out, but that could all change when I go back to revise it. That’s the way it always goes.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling motivated these days. There’s no way I’m going to let myself slow down when I know there’s more I can do.

May 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 321,316
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: Today the writing went pretty well. I wish I’d written more words, but that’s true almost every day. I accomplished a lot today and I just need to keep reminding myself of that. Sometimes it just feels like I write words to create more work for myself because revising always comes after. Maybe I need to work on being more optimistic.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Revising. I’m going to do it all. I have no doubt I will be incredibly busy. I just hope I have the willpower and energy to accomplish everything I’ve put on my own plate.

May 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 321,598
  • Today’s word count: 285
  • Thoughts: I’m making progress. It feels pretty good to know I’m making progress with my writing. For so long I’ve felt like I was treading water. Getting past that point has been such a huge relief. Now that I’m out of that place, I don’t know what was holing me back.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t want to let this motivation fade away. That means balancing maintaining my writing mojo and giving myself time to rest. The last thing I want to do is burn myself out when things just started to look good again.

May 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,899
  • Today’s word count: 301
  • Thoughts: I honestly struggled to get started today. I sat and stared at the blinking cursor and started to despair. It seemed like the vision I’d had for the scene had evaporated and left me without an inkling of where to go. Then I decided to just start writing anyway. I still have no idea where I was taking this scene before, but I’m satisfied with where it is going now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Undecided. I might write. I might take the day off since I have to go to the store in the morning and I have an event in the evening. We’ll see what happens during the afternoon, I suppose.

May 17 & 18

I suspected I might end up taking the weekend off and I wasn’t wrong. Friday was busy. I knew that was going to happen. I didn’t write during the brief period of downtime I had so writing just didn’t happen. Then Saturday happened. I was exhausted at the start of the day. Then I ended up being incredibly busy later in the day. It wasn’t something I expected to happen so I couldn’t adjust and plan accordingly.

I’m not complaining (much) since taking breaks has been my new normal this year. Overall, I think taking time off most weekends has helped me a lot. I’m probably just as stressed out as ever, but I’m only stressed out 5 days a week. I can live with that.

May 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,960
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: I had a busy morning and afternoon and a quiet night at home. It wasn’t the most productive day ever,  but I wrote and posted a new chapter! This whole weekend was exhausting so writing at all felt like a huge accomplishment. No complaints here.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m staying home and relaxing. I should have plenty of time to write. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens though. Life has been pretty unpredictable lately. It’s almost exciting.

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Writing Progress May 6 – 12, 2019

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May 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,617
  • Today’s word count: 220
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad. I had a brief period of time with really intense focus. If it had lasted longer, I might have written even more, but I think I actually used the focus I did have well for once. I need to keep utilizing my periods of greatest focus to boost my productivity. It’s the best way to get stuff done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m sure I’ll have another moment of boosted productivity and it’s up to me to make the most of it. I can’t wait to see what happens!

May 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,767
  • Today’s word count: 150
  • Thoughts: I was busy, busy, busy today! Then I came home and I still needed to write. That was a bit of a problem. I needed to write, but I was tired and needed to unwind. I took the time I needed. Then I tried to write. It all worked out okay, but I can’t help wondering how much I could have written if I gave myself more time to focus on it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I shouldn’t be nearly as busy so that should help. It’ll be easy, right?

May 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 130,057
  • Today’s word count: 290
  • Thoughts: Writing went pretty well today. I did a lot of thinking and planning today in addition to writing. We’re approaching the end of the story and I’m trying to make sure everything is wrapped up properly. Loose ends are the worst!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I really, really want to finish writing this story. The end is near, but with a story of this size, “near” is relative. I think I might be able to wrap it up in the the next 20k words, but that will take me a little while to write, and a little while longer to post.

May 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 230,438
  • Today’s word count: 381
  • Thoughts: Today went pretty well, although my least favorite thing happened again. My biggest period of inspiration and motivation came just as I was getting too tired to do much at all. I pushed through and actually got the results I was looking for.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, or maybe not. I think I wrote enough this week to take a day off if I want it. I’m just not sure I want it. I guess if I wake up and feel like doing something other than writing I’ll just give myself some time off.

May 10 & 11

I intentionally took Friday off. I’d been productive and I deserved it. It was genuinely enjoyable to have some time to play games without feeling guilty about my writing.

Saturday was a different story. The day started out normal enough. I didn’t really think about writing since I rarely write in the mornings. Then I got busy and ended up spending the day away from home. When I got home, I considered writing, but I was exhausted. It didn’t happen. I felt a little bad about it, but I had worked hard this week and had a very busy day. There wasn’t much I could do to make writing happen on Saturday.

May 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 230,814
  • Today’s word count: 376
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It wasn’t the sort of writing I had done after weekend breaks before. I didn’t need to be eased back into it. Today I sat down and wrote. I’m still not writing thousands of words a day, but I’m not sure that’s possible for me at this point in my life. I’m pushing myself and consistently getting close to my limit these days. Eventually my upper limit will rise and I’ll write more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m wrapping up a chapter at this point. It’s always an exciting point in my writing process. I get an extra boost of motivation at the end of most chapters. It’s nice to see my plans for a chapter finally fall into place. Sometimes I feel so lost in the middle and I’m not sure I’ll be able to pull it off, but here we are!

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Writing Progress April 29 – May 5, 2019

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April 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 228,339
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: I’m a little disappointed in my progress today. I think I could have done better, but I just didn’t have the energy. The frustrating part was realizing I didn’t waste energy on something less important, I just didn’t have it from the start of the day. Low energy days are a nightmare. If I could learn how to rest and take it easy when I’m running low on energy, it might be a different story, but I just get frustrated and push myself harder. I shouldn’t.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write as much or as little as my energy level demands. The last thing I want is to get sick again. Starting out April that way was hard enough. I don’t want to repeat it in May.

April 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 228,588
  • Today’s word count: 249
  • Thoughts: Things went pretty well today. I’m still working on getting the ball rolling again with writing. It took a lot of work to get just shy of 250 words today. I miss the days I could easily clear 500 words and even reach 1000 words if I pushed myself. I want to get back to that point.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to push myself. I need to write. I need to revise. I need to remember how to do all of these things in one day again. Those days were great. Getting back to that point and making it sustainable is my ultimate goal.

May 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 228,855
  • Today’s word count: 267
  • Thoughts: I’m getting there. I need to relearn how to focus on writing earlier in the day. Writing before bed is great, but I know I could write more if I rearranged my schedule and wrote the majority of my words earlier in the day. It might take some adjustment as I do a lot to prepare myself for writing during the day. Perhaps I should do them before I go to bed the night before?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! Revising! I have plenty to do! I just need to sit down and focus on doing it.

May 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,092
  • Today’s word count: 237
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. Not great, but okay. I revised a chapter (it’s up on Patreon now) and then I sort of stalled out for a long while. I almost went to bed without writing anything more for the day, but then, in the final hour, the next scene started to solidify in my mind and I needed to start writing. It’s just the skeleton of the idea for now, but I have it to flesh out and that’s a good start.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I could take a break, but I want to write. My boyfriend wants to get back into writing as well so I think I’ll write alongside him to encourage him to pick the habit back up.

May 3 & 4

I didn’t plan it, but I ended up taking a few days off. It seemed like my boyfriend needed a few days to relax more than he needed to get back into writing. We took walks, watched movies and played games instead. I probably could have found time to write on my own, but I embraced the spirit of taking a break instead. If I’m honest, I don’t regret it at all.

May 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,397
  • Today’s word count: 305
  • Thoughts: I was not going to allow my “writing break” to stretch into a third day. I told myself this and it actually worked. I sat down, reviewed what I’d already written, and then I wrote a couple hundred words. In addition to actually writing, I also posted a new chapter today. At the end of the day, I felt really productive. If I could have this level of productivity five days a week, I could start to feel comfortable with taking full weekends off.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling motivated. There’s no sense in not using the motivation to get more writing done. Let’s just hope the motivation will last after I sleep. It should, but that’s not always how these things work out.

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What I Read in April

April wasn’t the greatest month for reading. I started out the month sick. Then I struggled with burnout and just generally felt like I needed to get away from writing for a while. Unfortunately, books are closely tied to writing in my mind.

Later in the month I started to regain my drive to consume books. I don’t know how fast I’ll be reading, but I’m enjoying myself again.

Books I finished reading in April:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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Do you ever feel the need to step away from reading? What brings you back?

Writing Progress April 22 – 28, 2019

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April 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,486
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: I’m getting back on track. I can feel it. Today a lot of my energy and motivation went into figuring out where my writing was going. After a few days off I had a bit of trouble picking up the current scene where I left off. It’s frustrating and a big part of why I resisted taking days off for so long.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep moving forward. I don’t want to get stuck fretting about the days of writing I missed. There’s plenty of work to do and my time will be better spent focusing on that.

April 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,674
  • Today’s word count: 188
  • Thoughts: I’m getting there. I felt motivated to write. The limiting factor today was time. My motivation kicked in pretty late and I got very tired. Sleep is at least as important as writing, unfortunately. I’ll have to try to feel motivated to write earlier in the day, which means getting aggressive about eliminating distractions.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling my motivation build back up and it is the most exciting thing. Everything is going to work out. I’m sure of it.

April 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,755
  • Today’s word count: 81
  • Thoughts: I simply misused my time today. I was distracted. I lacked focus. I assumed I’d be awake a lot longer. The words were there, but I didn’t give myself enough of an opportunity to write them. Some of the things that took me away from my writing were valid, but some of them were just me wasting time. The only valid extra thing I really accomplished today was setting up my boyfriend’s new computer for him since I’m better at hooking up cords without causing a tangle.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I’ve got the ideas. Now I need to make them into actual words.

April 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,965
  • Today’s word count: 210
  • Thoughts: Something changed today. Writing became easier again. Things are getting better and it’s like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m eager to write more. That hasn’t happened in a while.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! I’m excited to get back to it. There’s no debate of whether or not I need/deserve a break this week. I don’t want a break. All I can think about is how much writing I might be able to get done. I know it will be more than I’ve managed to write lately.

April 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,984
  • Today’s word count: 19
  • Thoughts: The curse of Friday strikes again! I can’t seem to escape Friday distractions, no matter what my intentions might be. Even so, an attempt was made and I’m not going to be too hard on myself for trying to write considering the difficulties I’ve had with my writing lately.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to keep trying to write. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve accepted that. Distractions are everywhere and the weekends might be worse for distractions than weekdays.

April 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,999
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: I didn’t do a good job of focusing on writing today. The will was there, but I lacked focus. I finally made myself to sit down and write something. It wasn’t much, but I’m proud of myself for making the effort to write. The last thing I want to do is have another weekend without writing. I’m done taking long breaks, for now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Sunday should be a free, quiet day for me. There shouldn’t be anything keeping me from taking a good chunk of the day and focusing on my writing. I’m looking forward to it.

April 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 228,229
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: Progress! I knew I could do it. I feel like the story is starting to make sense to me again. I’m looking forward to writing again. This is exactly what I was hoping would happen. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this since I recovered from my illness back at the beginning of the month. It’s a shame it took me this long to get back my writing mojo.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course! I feel motivated. I feel like I know my story again. This confidence has been missing all month and I’m not going to let it disappear again if I have anything to say about it.

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Writing Progress April 15 -21, 2019

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April 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,984
  • Today’s word count: 85
  • Thoughts: It’s not a ton of words, but I’m getting back in the swing of things. I got a new battery for my laptop and it works fantastically. Writing where ever I want is the way to go.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m free to write on the go again. Honestly, I’ll probably just curl up with my laptop in a corner of the apartment that isn’t easily reached by my laptop’s power cord.

April 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,117
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Better, but still not great. I’m having trouble finding focus on this chapter. I spent a lot of time thinking about what the problem might be. I don’t think it’s the direction of the story that is causing problems, but what I’ve written so far might be a false start. I also haven’t slept well for the last few nights which might have an effect on my ability to think about my writing objectively.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I get some rest and be able to write easily tomorrow. I know it will probably take more than one night’s worth of sleep to get everything back on track, but it would be a good start.

April 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,190
  • Today’s word count: 73
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. I need to get this worked out. Oddly enough, I remember having a similar problem last April. Maybe there is something about this time of year that just makes it hard for me to focus. I have allergies. The weather is suddenly much nicer so I do open windows/go outside more often which sets off my allergies. This month might just be doomed to be a period of adjustment for me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m going to keep trying. It’s the only thing I know how to do.

April 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,362
  • Today’s word count: 172
  • Thoughts: I tried to give myself extra time to write today. It worked. Sorta. I probably ended up writing for the same amount of time as has been usual lately. The rest of the time I sat and thought. It made a bit of a difference. Maybe I need to think even more. I just need to figure out where I can find a few more hours to sit and mull over my story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not taking a day off. I have an idea of how to solve my low word count problem and I can’t slack off until I’ve tried to implement it.

April 19 – 21

Oh boy. Remember how I had no intention of taking a day off? Forget that.

I completely forgot it was a holiday weekend. People wanted to see me. I wanted to see people. It was easy to push my writing to the side.

Now I’m kicking myself. I don’t regret spending time with my friends and family. I don’t get to see them enough and having a chance to spend time with so many of them in one weekend is incredibly rare. I just regret not working harder to make fit writing into my weekend as well.

I’ve been struggling to write so much lately and taking so much time off might make it even harder to get back on track. On the other hand, maybe I just needed a break. I’ve said that before, but this burnout might be bigger than one weekend off might be able to fix.

I just want to get back on track now that I should have a normal week ahead of me, it might just happen.


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Writing Progress April 8 – 14, 2019

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April 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,819
  • Today’s word count: 344
  • Thoughts: I wrote during a live stream! It was terrifying. I was so nervous, but I did it! I’ve promised at least one writing stream a month now that my Patreon has reached one of its goals. Soon I’ll be an expert at it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I need to decide when I’m doing my next stream, but I know it won’t be tomorrow. I’ll need more than a day to recover.

April 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,726
  • Today’s word count: 174
  • Thoughts: Getting started today was a struggle. Once I got there, things weren’t so bad, but it was late. One good thing happened: I finished writing a chapter! I even started writing the next chapter before I needed to call it a night. I just wish I could have made more progress, but some days just don’t work that way.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a chapter to revise! I have more to write! It should be a busy day. If I work hard I should have the next chapter posted for my patrons before I go to sleep tomorrow night.

April 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,725
  • Today’s word count: -1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,949
  • Today’s word count: 130

  • Thoughts: I revised a chapter of Inbetween and put it up on my Patreon (finally!) and then I turned my attention to The Dreams. I feel like I didn’t accomplish much writing-wise today, but the revisions were definitely the real success story of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not sure which story I will focus on. I might focus on both, but I know I’ll be writing and I’m excited!

April 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,899
  • Today’s word count: 174
  • Thoughts: I was motivated to write a ton of words today and it just didn’t happen. I sat. I stared at the blinking cursor. The words barely trickled out. Part of the problem was definitely of my own making. I allowed my focus to shift pretty easily. There were too many things of interest to resist. Some of it was just a lack of clear image of how this particular scene is meant to turn out. I have a general understanding of how to reach the end of this serial, but many of the details are still murky. I hate it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not taking a day off. I need to get this scene figured out and keep pressing forward. I’ll take a day off once I have several days of solid progress behind me. Lately I don’t feel like many of my days have made solid progress.

April 12 – 14

I took several days off from writing. It wasn’t entirely intentional. I meant to write Friday, but I ran into major writer’s block. Instead of pushing myself and feeling miserable, I decided to listen to myself and give my writing some space.

Saturday I approached my writing again and still wasn’t feeling it. It seemed my time would be better spent trying to figure out why I was resistant to writing. I realized I’m feeling a little lost with Inbetween. I have an end goal, but I hadn’t visualized what would be happening next. No writing happened. Plenty of thinking did.

Sunday was more of the same. I wasn’t ready to write and I tried not to push myself too hard. I’d identified the problem and I was sure I’d solve it soon. Even a few months ago I would have pushed myself to write each of these days and felt like a failure if I didn’t pull it off. I’m trying to be kinder to myself these days. Burnout is real and I’m very afraid of it.


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