Writing Progress January 7 – 13, 2019

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January 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 208,575
  • Today’s word count: 8
  • Thoughts: Today was a good day until my head started hurting. I had the sort of headache that derails an entire day. Not much was accomplished once the headache showed up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope.

January 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 209,207
  • Today’s word count: 632
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty productive day! I was worried for a while because the headache stuck around for a while. Once it was gone, I got a burst of productivity. It was pretty great, but it happened pretty late at night and that held me back a bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I hope I can have a productive day.

January 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 209,384
  • Today’s word count: 177
  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive. It might not be reflected by my word count, but I got a new chapter posted today. That, of course, took up a lot of my writing time. I feel accomplished and that’s what really matters.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing as many words as possible!

January 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 209,388
  • Today’s word count: 4

  • Project: Character exploration
  • Total word count: 1,455

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive, but it took me forever to get to that point. I was just about to despair when I finally started to get a decent number of words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday. I just hope I can get some amount of writing done.

January 11

No progress made. It was a weird day.

January 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 209,533
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: Today was okay, I guess. I was distracted by weather. Snow always distracts me. You’d think it would be good for writing like rain, but it’s not.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I just need to concentrate.

January 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 210,042
  • Today’s word count: 509

  • Project: Character exploration
  • Total word count: 649

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive, but I had myself convinced it wasn’t very productive for a long time. The problem was that I accomplished a lot in a short period of time and had more free time than usual.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing!

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Writing Progress December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019

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December 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,995
  • Today’s word count: 405
  • Thoughts: I’m impressed with how productive I was today, considering it was a holiday and we actually hosted a small party in our apartment. I even managed to post a new chapter before the party started!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’s a brand new year. The possibilities are endless!

January 1

No writing progress made. I was tired and wanted to take a day to relax and unwind.

January 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 207,180
  • Today’s word count: 185
  • Thoughts: I’m getting back in the swing of things, I think. I had a hard time getting my creative energy to have a direction today, but I finally settled on working on a scene and made a bit of progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. If I sit down and focus anything is possible.

January 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 207,380
  • Today’s word count: 200
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. It wasn’t a spectacular day of writing, but I did write and I think I can be okay with that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh boy. It’ll be Friday again. There’s one every week and I never seem to get much done. Hopefully tomorrow will be an exceptional Friday.

January 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 207,486
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: It was a pretty typical Friday, I guess. I don’t feel too bad about it since I had a lot of fun.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I should have time to do it.

January 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 207,552
  • Today’s word count: 66
  • Thoughts: Today was not what I expected. Today was exhausting, but in a good way. I feel like I got a lot of non-writing things accomplished and that was a relief. It’s just a shame I couldn’t muster the energy and motivation to get a good amount of writing done too.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Refocus on writing. I’m confident I can do it. My boyfriend’s work schedule is returning to “normal” for the first time in almost a year this week so I’m hoping I can somehow get back to normal as well.

January 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 208,567
  • Today’s word count: 1,015
  • Thoughts: Today was productive, but I found myself wishing I was even more productive. Isn’t that always the case? It’s never enough to just get things done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Maybe some revising. We’ll see what happens!

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What I Read in December

December was a surprisingly book-filled month for me. A big factor in that was finally getting an updated library card which gave me access to their digital library, which includes a huge selection of audiobooks waiting for me online. I was able to read a lot of books while working on other things this month!

I didn’t reach my goal for the 2018 Goodreads challenge, but I made a pretty strong comeback this month!

Books I finished reading in December

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Books I’m currently reading:

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Did you read a lot of books in December? Did you meet your reading goals for 2018? What are your reading goals for 2019?

Writing Progress December 24 – 30, 2018

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December 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,115
  • Today’s word count: 506
  • Thoughts: Today was surprisingly productive. I thought I might not get anything done again as I was out of the house for a good chunk of the day and I’m usually pretty drained after socializing. Somehow I found the energy to write and made a decent amount of progress. It’s nothing amazing, but I’m really proud of it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hang out. Have fun. Maybe write some words.

December 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,116
  • Today’s word count: 1
  • Thoughts: Yeah. I wrote 1 word. It’s Christmas. I spent time with my boyfriend and our cats and had a quiet day at home. Then I got a migraine which derailed a lot of my hopes for productivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Less migraine. More writing. I should have all day to get work done. I just hope I can be productive.

December 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,285
  • Today’s word count: 169
  • Thoughts: I still had a migraine for most of the day. I eventually did start to feel better but I was low on energy then. It’s always frustrating to feel like writing but being too tired to make use of the motivation and inspiration.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I should be free from the clutches of the migraine so I want to use this freedom to my advantage.

December 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,362
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: I lacked focus today. I keep forgetting that we’re still in the middle of the holiday season. That comes with a ton of distractions. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself until after the holiday season is over.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’ll be Friday. I know that always makes writing more challenging for me, but I still want to try!

December 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,396
  • Today’s word count: 34
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was definitely a Friday. Fridays are never good for writing. I can’t focus. I’m always busy doing things that keep me from having enough time to get my mind refocused on writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I should have some down time so we’ll see what happens.

December 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,571
  • Today’s word count: 175
  • Thoughts: I was making great progress today! I’m almost ready to post a new chapter. Actually, I thought I would manage to get the chapter posted today, but I ran out of energy before I got there.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Revising. Maybe posting a chapter? We’ll see.

December 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 206,590
  • Today’s word count: 19
  • Thoughts: Today was so busy. There wasn’t much time for writing. I tried, but I was already low on energy by the time I got around to doing it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Revise! Post a chapter! Ring in the new year!

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Writing Progress December 17 – 23, 2018

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December 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 204,823
  • Today’s word count: 179
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote. It wasn’t a great day of writing, but I managed to write. It’s progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Revising. I need to do a little bit of everything!

December 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 205,181
  • Today’s word count: 358
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m finally getting back on track. I wrote. I revised. I posted a new chapter. Overall, this felt like a really productive day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I hope I can get a lot accomplished.

December 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 205,396
  • Today’s word count: 215
  • Thoughts: Ugh. I wanted to write, but it was a struggle today. I’m not sure what exactly is holding me back. I know I’m having trouble focusing and it’s easy for me to get off task, but there is usually a reason for it. Figuring out what is causing me to be so easily distracted needs to be a priority.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It should be possible, but it might not be easy.

December 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 205,611
  • Today’s word count: 215
  • Thoughts: Today was okay, I guess. I wrote. That’s something. It just doesn’t feel like enough.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’ll try to keep my expectations low. I just hope I can write something. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

December 21 – 23

No writing progress made. I worked on some light revisions (and posted a scene from The Dreams) and spent time with friends and family for the holidays.

I’ve been trying hard to take more breaks this month. I’ve noticed December is full of burn out most years and I really want to change that this year. I’m hoping that I won’t have to spend the majority of the winter trying to bounce back from feeling burned out after NaNoWriMo and during the holidays.


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Writing Progress December 9 -16, 2018

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December 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 203,588
  • Today’s word count: 22
  • Thoughts: I’m finally trying to get back into writing! I took a break during my vacation and for a few days after to recover. In addition to that, I hadn’t touched Inbetween since October. I didn’t write much because I spent a ton of time trying to get the feel of the story back.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I think I can do it.

December 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 203,920
  • Today’s word count: 332
  • Thoughts: It seems like I’m starting to get back into the swing of things! I hope I can keep it up!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully, a lot more writing.

December 11 (my birthday!)

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 204,323
  • Today’s word count: 403
  • Thoughts: I seem to be slowly getting back into the swing of things. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get back to the sort of word counts I had during NaNoWriMo without the pressure and encouragement of the event, but I’d like to try. Imagine how many novels I could finish if I kept up those word counts throughout the year.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! I’m getting back into the groove and I want to write more words.

December 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 204,327
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: Wow. I just had a really productive day, didn’t I? I don’t know what happened. I kept putting off writing and thinking I would be more productive later and before I knew it, I was too tired to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Be more serious about writing. I can’t allow one bad day to ruin my plans of writing near-NaNo amounts throughout the year.

December 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 204,605
  • Today’s word count: 278
  • Thoughts: Eh. Today didn’t turn out to be as great for writing as I hoped. I’m just not feeling the focus I experienced last month. Part of it is burn out. I know that. This happens to me every December. It’s not just from NaNoWriMo. The holidays drain me of creative energy and we’re in the middle of the holiday season right now. It’s exhausting.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Friday. Oh, Friday. I’m going to try to write and hope for the best. My expectations are low because Fridays always destroy my best intentions.

December 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 204,634
  • Today’s word count: 29
  • Thoughts: Today was terrible. I didn’t write much. I had a lot of anxiety issues and it made it hard to focus on much of anything.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Less anxiety. Hopefully some fun will happen too.

December 15

No writing progress made. I really didn’t feel well and couldn’t even think about writing.

December 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 204,644
  • Today’s word count: 10
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. High anxiety days are hard on my writing motivation. It’s almost impossible to get past the doubt inflicted by my inner-editor when I’m anxious and doubting absolutely everything about myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. I just want to write. I know if I can break through the anxiety I’ll be able to do it.

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