Writing Progress July 1 – 7, 2019

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July 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 237,715
  • Today’s word count: 204
  • Thoughts: It was the first day of CampNaNoWriMo! I worked on planning my next serial for over an hour. It felt like I didn’t make a ton of progress because I was getting settled into my new project file, but I can tell this month is going to be really productive. Then I switched gears and wrote some more of Inbetween. Being busy makes me more productive. Funny how that works.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More planning. More writing. It’s going to be another productive day, I’m sure of it!

July 2

Oh boy. I was wrong. Today wasn’t productive at all, at least in the writing department. I just couldn’t do it. I was unfocused and nothing happened. Then I was busy and I couldn’t write. Once I wasn’t busy again, it was very late and I was exhausted from being busy and the heat of the day. I tried to write before bed and ended up falling asleep on top of my laptop. It was a frustrating experience.

July 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 237,886
  • Today’s word count: 171
  • Thoughts: I wrote! But I didn’t work on my CampNaNoWriMo project. It’s still early in the month and since I’m trying to get a total of 30 hours done, I’m sure I’ll get caught up soon. I usually don’t focus for just an hour at a time. It’s usually either 15 minutes for half a day. We’ll see how things turn out as the month progresses.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up a chapter. Work on some revisions. Plan my next serial. Keep writing.

July 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 237,930
  • Today’s word count: 44
  • Thoughts: Writing wasn’t a high priority today. I think I’ll have to forgive myself. It was a holiday, after all. That’s pretty distracting. I did make some progress with planning my new serial, which was exciting. Expect some posts about the things I’m trying and how it is working out for me. So far I’ve tried out two different things that I think might be worth writing posts about!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday. I never know what to expect on Fridays and this week is even more of a question mark than usual. Some of my Friday plans/chores are the ordinary, run of the mill stuff that I do every week, but there is the added factor of it being the day after a holiday. I have no idea how it might turn out or how distracted I might be. I’d like to write. We’ll have to wait to see what happens.

July 5

I didn’t make any proper writing progress today, but I did work on planning my next serial. I don’t have a good way to record my progress when it comes to planning projects, but I’ll just say here that I managed to find the time between other activities to do a decent amount of planning. It was fun!

July 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 237,991
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: I wrote! That’s a feat when I look at how much time I spent out of the house today. It might not have been much at all, but just making the effort to turn my attention to my writing when there are a million distractions all alround me makes me proud of me dedication to my project. Days like this make me believe I really can finish writing this.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I think I’m going to need to spend sometime revising. I’ve been writing a decent amount but my revisions have been neglected. it’s time to get another chapter shined up and ready for the blog.

July 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 238,088
  • Today’s word count: 97
  • Thoughts: If you ask me, it was impressive I wrote at all today. After staying up half most of the night playing games with friends (and writing a little bit during the down time) I didn’t expect to have any energy at all. Apparently a few hours of sleep was enough to keep me going until nearly midnight. I do tend to write later at night so it did cut my writing time short by about an hour. Even so, I managed to get a chapter revised early in the evening, worked on planning my next serial, and wrote a bit more of Inbetween. I really surprised myself with my level of productivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s supposed to be cooler tomorrow so I’m hoping my brain will be less melty and that will translate into more motivation. Feeling miserable only really works to my advantage when I’m trying to write something ranty and that just isn’t the case most of the time.

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What I Read in June

I feel like I didn’t read a lot in June, but if I’m being realistic, I just wasn’t reading books. Most of my reading this month was online. I’ve been reading articles, blogs and forum threads about writing and topics relevant to my projects.

It’s been fun and I’m learning a lot. I just want to read more novels. They make me happy.

Books I finished reading in June:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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Do you ever take some time away from reading books without taking a break from reading? What sort of things do you read during that time?

Writing Progress June 24 – 30, 2019

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June 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 236,779
  • Today’s word count: 126
  • Thoughts: Today was the last day of going out/running errands I had to do for a while. I never feel more introverted than when I’m forced to be out in the world and interact with people day after day. Four days of being out and socializing in a row absolutely drained me. Writing after that is almost impossible. I tried and pushed myself and got a few words out. I know I could write more if I didn’t feel so drained.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Write more. I have no reason to go out and it is supposed to be oppressively hot so I’ll gladly stay in and focus on my creative work.

June 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 236,947
  • Today’s word count: 168
  • Thoughts: I was home all day. I needed a lot of time today just to recharge after so many days out and about. It didn’t translate into a huge word count, but I really didn’t expect today to be hugely productive. I need a day to recharge.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have to go out and about again. It shouldn’t be an all day thing so I’m hoping I’ll be able to be productive after I’m home again.

June 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 237,267
  • Today’s word count: 320
  • Thoughts: I had a reasonably productive day. I might have been able to do more if I started earlier in the day, but I needed some time to unwind after being out and about. Overall, no regrets.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll be home all day. I should be able to buckle down and focus on my writing. The heat might try to derail my plans. It drains me of energy and makes it incredibly hard to be creative. I have to keep working though since I have no idea when things will cool off again.

June 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 237,400
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: I was home all day. I planned to write. It took a bad turn almost immediately. Scrivener updated and it caused me a lot of headaches with getting the program to understand that I had a license. Eventually, I did get it to work on my desktop. Then I turned my attention to updating the program on my laptop and it went through without a hitch on that computer.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have some errands to run, but I think I’ll spend the majority of the day hiding from the heatwave in one of the cooler rooms in the apartment.

June 28 and 29

No writing progress made. It was hot. It was the weekend. I tried, but in the end, I just wanted to stay cool, watch movie and play video games. So I did. Overall, it was a great, relaxing time and probably what I needed just before the start of Camp NaNo.

I got to spend some quality time with my boyfriend. His work has been on mandatory overtime for ages now so even though we live together we don’t get to do a lot of fun things together on an average day. He gets some time off for the holiday next week so I’m hoping we can spend at least one day together having fun and not just taking care of chores and errands.

June 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 237,511
  • Today’s word count: 111
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I was pretty excited about CampNaNoWriMo starting at midnight and it motivated me to write. Hopefully I can keep up the motivation.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: CampNaNoWriMo! I have writing to do. I have planning to do. If you want to know more about what I’m working on for CampNaNo in July, you can read about it here.

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July CampNaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow

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I’m feeling oddly calm considering I have less than 24 hours until I start a month of NaNo madness. It doesn’t feel real for some reason. Maybe it’s denial. Maybe it’s just the heatwave in my area keeping me in a decidedly un-NaNo mindset.

Usually in the month leading up to a NaNoWriMo event I spend a lot of time planning my project. I’m not doing that this month since I’m spending the month of July planning a serial. It’s almost like I’m using Camp to do NaNo prep work!

It’s definitely not conventional. Over the last few years I’ve been moving away from doing traditional NaNos. Even during the main November event, I’ve shifted to continuing ongoing projects instead of starting something new. My projects are just too big to start a new one every year and I feel like I’ve been a WriMo long enough to change things up.

Another reason I want to change things up is my horrible track record with Camp sessions. I’ve signed up for every single CampNaNoWriMo since they started and I’ve failed every single time. The last few times I’ve tried to change things up. I still failed, but I have to believe I’m on the right track. April and July just aren’t good months for writing fresh drafts of a novel for me. I’m not willing to be idle during those months. I just need to figure out how to push myself without setting myself up for failure.

Working on something writing related that needs to be done seems like a safe bet. Having a set amount of time I want to dedicate to my project adds an element of challenge to it and juggling several projects in different phases is another challenge I need to learn to overcome.

I’ve set my goal at 30 hours of planning for my next project. I’m rounding it up to an hour a day. Yes, July has 31 days, but I’m more than sure I’ll end up missing a day. Considering my track record, I’m going to give myself some wiggle room.

I want to try out some new planning techniques. If I find anything to be particularly useful I’ll try to share it with you. Maybe if I try something that really doesn’t work for me I’ll share that as well. Just because it doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else.


Are you participating in CampNaNoWriMo in July? Tell me about your project! I want to know who is drafting, revising, planning, or doing something I haven’t even imagined!

Writing Progress June 17 – 23, 2019

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June 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,721
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: Ugh. As much as I tried to write today, I couldn’t make it happen. I fought hard to focus but it just didn’t happen. I ended up going to bed early because I wasn’t doing anything productive and I felt exhausted.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll set the bar low. All I want to do is write more than I did today. I’m just about to wrap up a chapter. Hopefully that will motivate me to write a decent amount of words. It doesn’t always work that way, but it can work out like that.

June 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,818
  • Today’s word count: 97
  • Thoughts: My computer caused me so many problems today. I got it under control, but it derailed my morning pretty badly. Somehow I still managed to get a chapter revised and posted over on Patreon. I guess that means the day wasn’t completely lost.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I can’t believe I have 99 chapters of this serial novel completed now. The next once I wrap up will make it 100. I thought the story would be finished around chapter 100, but that won’t be happening. I’m going to keep writing until the story is finished!

June 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 236,043
  • Today’s word count: 225
  • Thoughts: I’m getting back into the groove of things. Things got derailed there for a a little while. I blame the phase of the writing process I was in there for the last few days. Revising always makes my word count drop down. Hopefully today is a sign that I’ve bounced back from the revising low.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t need to revise again for at least a few more days. I want to use this time to get as much writing done as possible. I feel like I might be able to get ahead of schedule again if I just push myself a little. I’m sick of struggling and failing to keep a chapter posting routine. It’s time to change that.

June 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 236,610
  • Today’s word count: 567
  • Thoughts: I wanted to have a productive day. I had a really productive day. The stars aligned and I had energy, motivation and time to put into my writing. It’s been a long time since this happened for me. After living through it, I’ve realized how much I missed it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’ll be Friday so it’s hard to say how productive I’ll be. All I know is that I’ll try to make it work for me.

June 21

No writing happened. It was okay. I knew I needed to get all my weekend chores done today. We’re celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday tomorrow with an all day outing so putting stuff off until later wasn’t an option. I might not have written, but I feel like I had a productive day.

June 22

No writing again. I spent all day outside of the house. We went to an arcade with all sorts of retro arcade cabinets and pinball machines. We were there until 11 pm. It really ended up being an all day event. My boyfriend really enjoyed his special day.

June 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 236,653
  • Today’s word count: 43
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit even though I had another incredibly busy day. I helped deliver an antique radio to my grandfather and an antique sewing machine to my mother. The radio belonged to my grandfather’s parents when he was growing up and the sewing machine was my great grandmother’s and was later used by my great aunt before being put into storage. It was wonderful seeing my grandfather’s reaction to seeing the radio again. Doing all of this didn’t leave me a lot of time to write, but I did manage to post a new chapter so be sure to check that out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have a few more errands to run in the morning, but I’ll be home the rest of the day. There’s no reason I can’t write once I’m home.

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Writing Progress June 10 -16, 2019

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June 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 234,234
  • Today’s word count: 328
  • Thoughts: I had a small burst of writing energy early in the day and then a long lull in my creative energy. I started to despair. Then I hopped on my laptop in another room and became productive again. Lesson learned: I need a change of scenery from time to time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Don’t be afraid to move to another room if I’m not feeling particularly creative or productive. I want to keep writing. I want to write more every day. I have so many stories to write and I’m getting impatient while I’m stuck wrapping up Inbetween.

June 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 234,443
  • Today’s word count: 209
  • Thoughts: I procrastinated today. It doesn’t sound like a good thing, but it didn’t turn out too badly. I just really wanted to play a game today so I did that first. Writing happened later in the day and it doesn’t seem like my productivity suffered too much for it. Maybe I need to stop trying to hoard all my time away for writing and then feel guilty when things don’t work out that way.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More other stuff too. I have time. I should use it to write and to experience things I might be able to use in my writing later.

June 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 234,787
  • Today’s word count: 344
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad. I had a reasonable bout of productivity and plenty of distractions throughout the day. There’s really nothing for me to complain about as long as I can keep improving from here.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I’m making some progress with this chapter, but I’m not sure how far I am from the end right now. I have a decent idea of where it will wind up, but getting there is still a mystery even to me. Hopefully my characters know something.

June 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,019
  • Today’s word count: 232
  • Thoughts: I tried to be more productive than yesterday but I struggled to find the right words. My characters were not as cooperative as I hoped. It’s a little disappointing, but I’m not going to let it get me down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I’m hoping my characters won’t continue to be uncooperative. Sleep usually helps untangle knots in the plot. Surely it can help with misbehaving characters as well. It’ll be Friday so there’s a small chance I won’t write at all, but I don’t think that will happen this week.

June 14

No writing progress made.

Yard sales took over my life. We walked all over town. I got an awesome teapot which was very exciting. Once I got home, I was out of energy. There was plenty of time to write, but no willpower to put into that time. It happens. It isn’t ideal, but some days just end up that way.

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  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,497
  • Today’s word count: 478
  • Thoughts: What an impressively productive day! I was not expecting this level of productivity today. I had time. I sat down. I wrote. And wrote. No complaints here. I wish I had more days like today. I love the focus I felt. I need more of it!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. After the amount of productivity I had today, I can’t imagine having any other goal. I want to keep the writing mojo going!

June 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,635
  • Today’s word count: 138
  • Thoughts: My own brain betrayed me today. I intended to write. I wanted to have another great day of writing, but I couldn’t focus. I felt stressed, restless and later exhausted. It wasn’t the ideal combination and it ended up hurting my productivity. The heat and humidity didn’t help things either.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Escape the heat and humidity somehow. I want to write more. The ideas in my head are begging to escape. I need to unleash them on the world as soon as possible. The universe, my body and my own mind might try to make it impossible, but I won’t be deterred for long. I will write!

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My July CampNaNoWriMo Plan

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April’s CampNaNoWriMo session was a disaster for me. My project never left the starting line. I started out the month sick and never managed to turn things around from the bad start.

I’m hoping July will be different.

My project for next month is the same as the one I set up for April. I want to spend 30 hours preparing my next serial.

Inbetween is winding down. Once the final chapter is posted here, I’ll switch gears to finish up the third draft of The Dreams over on my Patreon. By then I should have a complete (or as close to complete as possible) plan for my next serial. If we’re lucky, the transition will happen later this year.

At the moment, my new project doesn’t have a title (maybe that will change in July). Pretty much all I have are ideas.

  • It will involve witches and dragons
  • The main character tells me we’ll be exploring grief and loss with her
  • Right now I think it will be more episodic than my other serials
  • Tarot cards will help guide the plot

It’s going to be a lot of firsts for me and I’m beyond ready for a change of pace. Inbetween has demanded almost all of my creative attention for almost 3 years now. It’s a big project, but I think the size of the story is weighing me down at this point.

Shifting my focus toward planning a new project is exciting and energizing! I just hope I can translate this excitement into productivity.

Are you planning to participate in July’s CampNaNoWriMo session? Tell me about your project!

Writing Progress June 3 – 9, 2019

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June 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,732
  • Today’s word count: 243
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t a bad writing day at all. I managed to finish writing a chapter. Then I continued writing! I know I’ll have to worry about revising at some point, but not today. Until then I’ll just enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should probably think about revising the chapter I just completed. I need to get more of my writing online and I can’t do that until I have more chapters revised and ready to go. Writing more wouldn’t be bad either. Let’s just do all the things.

June 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,818
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: I didn’t intend to revise today, but it ended up happening. It slowed down my progress quite a bit, but progress isn’t always easy to measure by word count. I’m relatively happy with the amount of work I got done today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m picking strawberries in the morning. I guess depending on how many strawberries I bring home, I might have time to write in the afternoon or I might be cleaning and prepping strawberries all day long. Either way I’m looking forward to having a ton of fresh strawberries again.

June 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,839
  • Today’s word count: 21
  • Thoughts: An attempted was made. My day ended up being consumed by strawberries. I knew I’d be picking strawberries in the morning, but I did not truly anticipate how many strawberries I would be bringing home. I spent the rest of the day preparing strawberries. The fridge and freezer are full!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I have a chapter to revise. I have more story to write. It’s going to be a busy day, but I’m looking forward to it. Let’s hope I can keep this motivation around for a while.

June 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,856
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: I did more revising today. It didn’t look like much progress was made, but I’m sorting out a chapter that was messy and little bit longer than usual. I’m not sure how long it will be when I’m done working on it, but right now it’s still long and I’m just trying to make it the best chapter it can be.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t think I’ll be taking the day off, but we’ll see what happens. Fridays are always a little unpredictable and I’m not going to disappoint myself by setting my expectations high.

June 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,860
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I was busier today than I expected to be, but I still found a bit of time to revise. This chapter is still not finished! It’s driving me up the wall at this point. I want to wrap it up and get it out on the internet!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revising. I’m itching to get back to writing too, but I think I should make an effort to finish revising the chapter before I switch gears and go back to writing. Maybe I’m just impatient.

June 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,881
  • Today’s word count: 21
  • Thoughts: The chapter is finally complete! I pushed myself to finish revising and it worked. The hardest part was letting go. There were so many things I had in mind that I wanted to change and experiment with, but eventually I convinced myself I was only making things messier than they were before. I’m pretty satisfied with the end result and that will be good enough until next draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I’m really looking forward to it. All the revising over the last few days has really made me miss the act of creating without being critical of myself.

June 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,906
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: Today was pretty interesting. I wrote a bit, but not a lot. The biggest achievement of the day was getting a new chapter posted. It’s been a while. I really want to get back on schedule with a chapter every week, but I don’t know when that will happen. I’ll keep working at it!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling motivated. I’m going to write a ton of words and it’s going to be amazing.

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