Writing Progress December 2 – 8, 2019

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December 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,648
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: I was hoping to restart my work on Inbetween with more of a bang, but I don’t think it was meant to be. I needed time to remember where I was in the story and where it was going. By the time I did that, I wasn’t left with all that much time to actually write. Even worse, I left off in the middle of a sentence back in October! Oops.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting back into Inbetween. My goal is to finish the draft this month. Will I manage to make it happen? We’ll see!

December 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,777
  • Today’s word count: 129
  • Thoughts: Better, but not great. I threw myself into chaos today by playing Crusader Kings II with a friend for ages. We both had to pause the game a couple times because of life and I managed to tweak the chapter I’ve been working on a bit during some of those breaks. I’m definitely still getting back into the rhythm of this story as well as recovering from NaNoWriMo. I’m trying not to be push myself too hard too fast.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Possibly more games. I’m feeling pretty motivated at the moment, actually.

December 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,911
  • Today’s word count: 134
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling some. I’m just not confident in my ability to write this story! It’s in the final stages and I’m making myself so incredibly nervous about screwing it up. Sometimes I’m convinced I screwed up this story a long time ago and now I’ve made it impossible to end.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I’m going to finish this story. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not this week, but I will finish it soon. It’s time.

December 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,927
  • Today’s word count: 16
  • Thoughts: I really struggled today. I haven’t been able to pinpoint the problem. I sat and looked at the words I already had written and nothing came to mind. That doesn’t happen to me often. Sometimes I don’t write much because I’m distracted or torn about where to take the story. I’m rarely without ideas at all. It’s scary.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m a bit worried. Friday in combination with a lack of words is a recipe for disaster. This can’t be allowed to continue. Even if it takes me all day, I will figure this out and get back on track.

December 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,933
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: Today went about as badly as it possibly could. I don’t know where exactly it went wrong, but I was too tired too early to make a huge effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m giong to be out of the house for part of the days so I don’t know what will happen. We’ll see. I’ll be sure to try.

December 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,947
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: Well, I was out of the house for pretty much the whole afternoon. I had a great time, but I wasn’t in a writing mood afterward. I expected one of two outcomes from my afternoon out. Either I would be inspired and write a lot or I would need to take some time to process everything before I could feel inspired to do anything. It ended up being the latter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a lot of writing that needs to be done. This post-NaNo adjustment period is coming to a close. It’s time to get some work done before the holidays derail everything again. It’s coming and I can’t stop it.

December 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,006
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling, but I reached a massive milestone without realizing it today. 250k is a big deal. Maybe seeing that as my total word count will motivate me. I thought this story would wind down around 250,000 words and we’re definitely getting close to the end!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. It’s that simple. I just want to write more words. It’s not that hard. I wrote so much in November. Why can’t I do it in December? I can. I know I can!

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Writing Progress November 25 – December 1, 2019

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November 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 118,434
  • Today’s word count: 1,283
  • Thoughts: I didn’t surpass yesterday’s word count, but I wrote! It wasn’t a bad day, but I did struggle a little. There’s something about certain scenes that really slows me down. I wish I could spot it before it happens, but so far I don’t know how to predict it. I just know it once it happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. So much more writing. This is the end of the month. I have to keep moving forward!

November 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 119,546
  • Today’s word count: 5,091
  • Thoughts: You might notice that my total word count didn’t increase by the amount I listed as today’s word count. There’s a good reason for that. I was feeling a little conflicted creatively so instead of pushing myself to move forward, I looked back and wrote some alternate versions of scenes. I didn’t include those in my total word count for the draft because for now I’m keeping the original version of the scenes, but in my next draft I’ll have options for which way I want to take the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need a couple more fantastic writing days to finish NaNoWriMo with a win. I’m sure I can do it. I just need to stay focused!

November 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 121,556
  • Today’s word count: 2,010
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t another 5k day and that’s okay. For the most part. I was able to focus on the main story and I made a ton of progress. Do I wish I’d written more? Of course! Could I have written more today? I think I did the best I could with the time I had.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Thanksgiving. I don’t have any family obligations until the evening so I’m going to do my best to write before then. Will I take my laptop with me to my mom’s? Yes. Trying to NaNo at Thanksgiving is practically part of the holiday tradition for me. I’m not sure I’ll end up pulling the laptop out, but having the option is always nice.

November 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,921
  • Today’s word count: 2,365
  • Thoughts: For today being a holiday, I think I did a great job. It wasn’t the most I’ve written all week, but it was a ton of words considering I had other things to do and needed to socialize with my family for at least a few hours.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After some errands (and a stop at a video game store) I’ll be home and writing all day. Let’s hope I can make a huge dent in my remaining words for the month. I don’t want to break my wrists on the 30th.

November 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 130,356
  • Today’s word count: 6,435
  • Thoughts: I pushed myself today so I wouldn’t have to push myself as hard tomorrow. It worked. I still with it would have worked a little better. It’s always nice to leave less work for future-me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish NaNoWriMo! I have a lot of writing to do. It’s my punishment for all the slacker days I had this month. I must pay my word-debt!

November 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,014
  • Today’s word count: 14,658
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. This is a once-a-year-only kind of day. Only on the last day of NaNoWriMo can I find the motivation and endurance to pull off word counts like this. Honestly, I’m fine with that. I’d love to have more 2-5k days, but I don’t think I would be able to function if I did 10k+ days more often.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not sure if I’ll write at all tomorrow. I probably deserve a break, but right now I feel like writing more. We’ll have to see what tomorrow brings.

December 1

I forced myself to take a days off. I actually struggled not to write. I wanted to do it a few times. It felt weird not allowing myself to write since I usually jump on it as soon as the urge strikes. However, today I knew I needed a break even if the habit formed in my head insisted otherwise. I wrote every day for a month and towards the end I wrote a lot of words. My mind and body both needed a rest.

So I rested. I played some games. I watched Netflix. It was nice, but it wasn’t as nice as writing. I think I’m ready to jump back in.


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Writing Progress November 18 – 24, 2019

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November 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 109,614
  • Today’s word count: 669
  • Thoughts: I thought today was going to be a complete disaster. It wasn’t. It might not have been the best day ever for writing, but I sat down and got some words out against the odds. I’m pretty proud of that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I can’t completely ignore the world tomorrow, but I should have a good bit of time to dedicate to writing. I just hope I don’t end up feeling too mentally and emotionally drained to concentrate on creative work. I wish more non-creatives understood how much it takes to be creative. The typing or act of writing isn’t the exhausting part. It’s making something others can comprehend from your mind.

November 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 110,825
  • Today’s word count: 1,211
  • Thoughts: For a while there I thought I wouldn’t be able to write much at all. Then I had a burst of productivity after bedtime. I might be exhausted tomorrow but I think it’ll be worth it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m working on creating a writer-hermit persona since I only seem to have good writing days when I avoid interacting with the world outside my door.

November 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 112,215
  • Today’s word count: 1,390
  • Thoughts: Another productive day! It was a bit unusual since I wrote slowly and steadily over a couple writing sessions. Typically, I have a couple writing sessions and the words happen in unpredictable bursts. I think writing slowly and steadily is more productive, but unpredictable bursts of writing are more exciting.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m still avoiding the world. There are too many words to write for silly things like socializing and I’ll just pile all my errands on Friday and hope for the best. What could go wrong?

November 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,902
  • Today’s word count: 1,687
  • Thoughts: Yay! Another productive day! I’m really loving The Dreams again. I’m evening dreaming about this story (ha!) so there’s no escaping it lately. I don’t want to escape. This project is so important to me and writing it makes me feel better every single day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s going to be Friday, but it’s NaNoWriMo so we’re going to ignore all of the Friday problems that usually plague me and focus on the writing. Things can fall apart a little. There’s all of December to fix things back up. No one is starving or living in filth, things just aren’t particularly tidy. It’ll be fine.

November 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,479
  • Today’s word count: 577
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It was Friday and I still managed to write. That’s a big deal. If you regularly follow these progress updates, you know I struggle to write on Fridays because I’m always running errands and then in dire need to recharge.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should have plenty of time to write at home and it looks like I’ll also have a chance to go on a chill outing where I can write outside of the house!

November 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 115,067
  • Today’s word count: 588
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t a super productive day, but I still wrote. Progress is progress, I suppose. I just wasn’t feeling it. Some days it’s just hard to keep my mind on the story while other things are happening around me. Other days it’s easier. Today wasn’t one of the easy days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It should be a quiet Sunday at home, so my focus should find its way back.

November 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,151
  • Today’s word count: 2,084
  • Thoughts: This was it! This was my most productive day of the month (so far). We’re getting to the end of the month so my word counts are going to be pretty high from here on out. I don’t have a choice. This is the fate of procrastinators.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I guess I’ll challenge myself to see if I can write more than today. Maybe I’ll get as close to caught up as possible to caught up. Who knows? Anything could happen. The end of NaNoWriMo is a magical time full of amazing feats of writing.

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Writing Progress November 11 – 17, 2019

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November 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 104,846
  • Today’s word count: 867
  • Thoughts: I started to despair today. I wasn’t making progress for hours and hours. Then I started to get sleepy and the words just tumbled out. It rarely happens, but when it does, it’s pretty great. Too bad I can’t reliably replicate the experience. I might give it a try if I feel like I need a nap.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. Maybe I’ll have another sleepy writing burst. Maybe I’ll be incredibly focused and get a ton of writing done early in the day. I’ll probably end up scrambling to come up with words before bed because that’s when I’m usually feeling my most creative.

November 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 105,342
  • Today’s word count: 496
  • Thougths: Today could have been better, but it could have been worse too. My main distraction was the cold weather. It got so cold so quickly today! The apartment got cold almost as quickly. I’m not a fan of being cold outside and I hate being cold inside. Lot’s of time was spent making hot drinks and raging at the weather.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be cold. I’m trying to accept that and get back to focusing on NaNoWriMo. Hopefully I’ll find some friends on Discord that are looking to write at the same time as me and we can encourage each other to write even more.

November 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 107,033
  • Today’s word count: 1,691
  • Thoughts: Finally! Finally I’m writing at NaNoWriMo speed. It only took me nearly two weeks but I’m there. Let’s keep improving from here!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay inside and write. It’s supposed to be really, really cold again so that will be extra motivation to stay where it is warm and I have access to a keyboard. That should make things easier, right?

November 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 107,911
  • Today’s word count: 878
  • Thoughts: I wanted to do more. I wanted to do better. That didn’t happen, but I’m still so, so proud of myself. I woke up with a migraine. I thought the day might be a complete loss. It would’ve broken my writing streak which motivated me to at least try. It worked! I wrote a decent amount.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be Friday and a pretty busy day. I’m going to write at least a little bit. I’m committed to it!

November 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 108,201
  • Today’s word count: 290
  • Thoughts: I knew I would be busy today but I tried to write anyway. I succeeded! It wasn’t a lot of words, but I managed to sit down and write. That’s a win for me!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be out of the house for a significant portion of the day again. I should be home at night. I hope I can get some words done then because I’m not going to have time at all before that. I’ll be out the door almost immediately after I get out of bed. It’s going to be a heck of a day.

November 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,512
  • Today’s word count: 311
  • Thoughts: I had an early start and a busy day away from my keyboard. I was home in the evening, but I was too tired to really push myself to write. The words I did manage took way too long to write. I’m glad I did, but I wouldn’t want to struggle for so long every day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have one more day of getting up early and going out and about. I hope I’ll be able to recover from it and still be productive in the evening. It should be a quiet night at home so I’m optimistic.

November 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 108,945
  • Today’s word count: 433
  • Thoughts: I thought I would be more productive today. It just didn’t work out like that. I should be used to this by now. Nothing ever goes the way I planned. I just need to enjoy the productive days when I manage to make them happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Write. Be productive in every way possible. I think it’ll happen. Maybe that means it won’t, but it won’t stop me from trying.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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Writing Progress October 7 – 13, 2019

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October 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,038
  • Today’s word count: 245
  • Thoughts: I wrote! And it was more than a few words. It felt fantastic. I need to do this again. Soon!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll be home almost all day. I do have something that might take me out for part of the afternoon, but I should be able to write anyway. It’s starting to be less of a struggle!

October 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,151
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t great either. I was super motivated. Somehow that translated into a huge pile of anxiety. It took a while to get past that head space. It wasn’t easy, but I had a bit of luck in the end.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting so close to the end of this story. I’m itching to finish it this story once and for all. I’m even promising myself a break if I finish before NaNoWriMo.

October 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,290
  • Today’s word count: 139
  • Thoughts: Not bad, but not great. Maybe I need to do a better job of managing my expectations. I’m writing. Why can’t that be enough?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m not going to put a lot of pressure on myself. It’s obviously not working so I’ll back off a bit. As long as I write something, I’ll be happy.

October 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,707
  • Today’s word count: 417
  • Thoughts: This is the sort of writing I wish I could do every day. I don’t know what happened. It was like magic. I’m pretty happy about it. I finished writing a chapter! I’ve felt stuck for so long. Now I’m just relieved.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’ll be Friday so there’s not telling what will happen. I’ll probably end up being busy and then drained. Somewhere in there I might manage to write a few words.

October 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,722
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It wasn’t a zero word Friday! That’s an accomplishment in itself considering my recent track record with writing on Fridays. Maybe next week I’ll manage to write a significant number of words on Friday!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be out of the house for a lot of the day. I should be home all evening. Maybe I’ll have energy and inspiration to write then.

October 12

Well, I called it. I was out of the house almost all day. When I got home, I pretty much just wanted to fall into my chair and do nothing. So I did.

October 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 248,736
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: I revised! A new chapter is up on Patreon. Maybe I could have done more if I planned my day better, but that didn’t happen and I’m not going to worry too much about what could have been.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I should have time to dedicate to just writing. Those days feel like they’re becoming too rare. I need to get better at guarding my writing time. It’s just hard to say no to people when I know I’ll feel guilty for isolating myself for days at a time. There has to be a better way to get the solitude I need to focus on my writing without feeling like I’m ignoring friends and family.

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Writing Progress September 30 – October 6, 2019

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September 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,561
  • Today’s word count: 208
  • Thoughts: That’s not the biggest word count ever, but I’m really glad I managed to get into the multiple hundreds of words. It’s been a little while since that happened. I need to keep it up. I need to write a lot more to get my mind back into shape for NaNoWriMo in November. I only have the month of October to do it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s pretty much always the same goal, isn’t it? At least it is a productive one for a writer. The more I think about it, the more certain I am that Inbetween will be finished in just a few more chapters. Are you excited?

October 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,601
  • Today’s word count: 40
  • Thoughts: Today was kind of awful. I tried to write and just made myself miserable. Too many things were trying to call me away from writing and I let it. I have to break this habit of allowing my mind to wander. This month is about training myself to focus again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m hoping I can get better at focusing fast. I have a lot of writing to do this month and the sooner I get it done the better things will be.

October 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,707
  • Today’s word count: 105
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I’m still struggling with executing the end of this story. A lot of advice about endings say to plan out the ending ahead of time, outline or write the ending first and then write the rest of the story. None of it is particularly helpful in my situation. I had an idea of what the end of this story would be like, but it’s a serial and it’s pretty long. The story changed along the way. Now I’m trying to reconcile the ending I intended with what makes sense for the story as it is now. I guess I just need to keep trying.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’ll get there eventually. Just keep writing!

October 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,770
  • Today’s word count: 63
  • Thoughts: Today was hard. I had ideas. I had time. I had no energy. My allergies went rogue and tried to ruin my whole day. It wasn’t a good time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. Who knows what will happen. There’s a good chance writing won’t happen at all, but there’s at least a small chance I’ll find some time and write a ton of words.

October 4

No writing progress made. It was a fairly typical Friday and I didn’t push myself too hard to make room in my day for writing.

October 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,778
  • Today’s word count: 8
  • Thoughts: I wrote a few words! Then I was busy for most of the afternoon and evening and it just drained me. I had time again to write before bed but by the time I decompressed and felt like myself again, it was time to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have more things to do during the day. It’s going to be a fun family get together, but I know socializing takes a lot out of me. I love my family, but it wears me out. I score almost 100% introverted on personality tests to give you an idea of how much energy it takes for me to be around people.

October 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 247,793
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: It was another hard day for writing. A big part of it was spending the afternoon socializing with my family. It’s nice to see everyone all at once, but I need hours to recharge after. By the time I felt like writing again, I was also so exhausted I fell asleep a few minutes later. I don’t know if there is a solution to this problem, other than to focus on writing as much as possible on the days I’m not being socially drained.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should be home all day. Hopefully that will help me write.

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