My 3 Day Writing Streak Badge

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

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

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

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

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

Writing Progress October 28 – November 3, 2019

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October 28

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

October 29

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

October 30

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

October 31

Halloween/NaNoEve!

No writing progress made.

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

November 1

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

November 2

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

November 3

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

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What I Read in October

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

Books I finished reading in October:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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

Do you ever do this with books you love?

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

Last Minute NaNoWriMo Prep

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Happy NaNoEve!

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

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

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

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

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


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Writing Progress October 21 – 27, 2019

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October 21

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

October 22

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

October 23

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

October 24

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

October 25

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

October 26

No writing progress made. Isn’t anxiety fun?

October 27

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

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

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Writing Progress October 14 -20, 2019

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October 14

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

October 15

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

October 16

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

October 17

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

October 18 and 19

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

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

October 20

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

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I finally picked a NaNoWriMo project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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NaNoWriMo Buddies

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I’m trying my best to get acclimated to the new NaNoWriMo site. The worst of the glitches seem to have cleared up now. It’s still a strange new site, but the pages are actually loading now so I feel free to explore.

One thing that really hit me hard during the transition was the loss of my buddy list. There were buddies on that list I met during my first NaNoWriMo back in 2006.

I can get back the buddies that are still active but I’m pretty sure some of the older accounts are lost to me. Instead of looking back at what I’ve lost, I’m going to try to look forward.

It’s time to get some new NaNoWriMo buddies. Here’s a link to my profile. Please feel free to add me.