Writing Progress September 9 – 15, 2019

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September 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,336
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling to write. This is a problem I can fix. I just need to figure out what is wrong with my story first. Once I get there, everything should be fine again. I’m just really, really impatient to get to that point.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Tomorrow is going to be chaos. I have multiple things that are going to take me away from my keyboard and away from home. One in particular will keep me out for hours and hours. It’s going to be a blast and hopefully it will feel me with unstoppable creative energy.

September 10

No writing progress. It turns out, I was hardly home all day. I had a fantastic time. The concert was fantastic. As tired as I am, my creative well is refilled. Now I just need to rest up and get back to writing!

September 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,354
  • Today’s word count: 18
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I want to say the concert did refill my creative well, but I was in no shape to write today. It wasn’t because of the concert. It was just bad luck. I got hit by a really nasty migraine it just drained my ability to think. Looking at my computer screen was out of the question.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope a good night’s sleep will clear out this migraine. I want to use this creative energy while I have it and I’m very afraid it will slip away if I let too much time pass. Is that a valid fear? I don’t know, but it feels real to me.

September 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,494
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: Well, that’s a little better. It wasn’t a great writing day, but compared to the rest of the week, I’m on the right track. I’m optimistic. I think my health is getting back to normal and I haven’t lost the creative spark I picked up from the concert this week. I started to use it today!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Yes, it will be Friday, but I think I can do it. I should have time to focus on writing. It’ll just be a matter of being patient to get past my morning errands and getting lucky enough not to have them drain all the energy I would want to put into my creativity.

September 13

This was a typically atypical Friday. I didn’t sleep well which meant I spent a lot of my free time today trying to catch up on the sleep I missed. Then I got even more distracted by going out to try to see the Friday the 13th full moon. It was overcast here so I didn’t have much luck, but I stayed out for a couple hours and did manage to see the moon for about two minutes near the end. I definitely overdid it again today. I really, really need to stop doing that. I only have so much energy and more of it needs to go into my writing!

September 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,596
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m getting back on track! I wrote and it was more than a sentence or two. Considering the away this month has been going, this is a major success. Hopefully I can keep it up and build from today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be out of the house for a few hours. That could ruin my plans to write a ton of words, or everything could be fine. I’ll be home by mid afternoon and after that my day will be pretty ordinary.

September 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,657
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: Eh. Today could have been better or worse. I went out into the world today and it definitely took a decent portion of my energy. I tried to recharge once I came home and I had very minor success. I did manage to finish writing a chapter. It literally needed two sentences to wrap up so I’m not sure it’s much of a victory.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing! I have a new chapter to start. I’m itching to finish up this serial. I have to keep moving forward.

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Writing Progress September 2 – 8, 2019

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September 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,953
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: Ew. Today was rough. I was exhausted. I’m not sure today stood a chance after the weekend. I just wanted to sleep but I had too much stuff to do and writing was just one item on that list.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting so close to finishing the story. That’s motivating me and making it that much harder to actually get the words out. It’s almost as though the weight of everything I wrote up to this point is now pressing down on every new word I write. If it’s not the right word, I feel as though the entire story is in danger of collapse. It’s ridiculous, of course, but I still worry about it.

September 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,039
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better, right? Well, I still didn’t feel like myself today. I think I just didn’t sleep enough all weekend. I felt really tired deep down in my bones all day today. This was after sleeping for more than nine hours. I really, really overdid it. I need to be more careful so my writing doesn’t suffer.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will feel more rested and able to focus on my writing. I’ll get this story finished soon. It will happen!

September 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,125
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: I can’t believe I wrote the same number of words two days in a row. I’d be thrilled if it wasn’t such a tiny word count. Honestly, I’m just disappointed. I want to write. I don’t know what is blocking me mentally.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to break this bad writing streak. I want to write. I need to write. This story is so close to being finished and I need to get past the anxiety and pressure and just write it.

September 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,257
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Better. Not great, but better. I feel like I’m starting to get back into writing this story. Honestly, I just want it to be over, but I haven’t written the ending yet and I’m beyond stuck on how to get those words out of my mind and into the story. I need more practice with endings.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’ll try to keep my expectations low, but I’m going to do my best to write. I don’t know if I’ll manage to write a ton of words, but I’m at least going to give myself time to write and see what happens.

September 6

Fridays are always tough. I just couldn’t get any writing done today. I had time but it felt so chopped up. As soon as I got settled in and felt like my mind was switching over to writing mode, something else needed to be done. Before I knew it, the day was over. No writing done. I’ll try again tomorrow.

September 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,282
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote. It wasn’t much. I’m still struggling with formulating a plan to get to the end of the story. I’m close, but the ideas I have need to be thoroughly explored before I commit to them. I don’t want to post something that ends up being a wrong turn after another chapter or two.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can just relax at home and write. I need it. I’m just beyond tired of being out and about all weekend long. I miss staying home and hardly seeing anybody. I love my friends and family but their voices can make it harder for me to find my characters again.

September 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 246,297
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: Ugh. How did I manage to write less than yesterday? Is it the story? Is it my routine? Something isn’t working for me anymore. I need to get to the bottom of it and fix it as soon as possible. This cannot continue.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to get this figured out and I’m going to have productive writing days again. I know I can do it. I’ve had to troubleshoot my writing and my writing routine so many times in the past. I should be a professional by now. It doesn’t seem to get any easier with experience. My ability to trip myself up seems to grow at least as quickly as my ability to spot these problems.

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Writing Progress August 26 – September 1, 2019

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August 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,538
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. It definitely wasn’t great. I’m feeling a little lost, I think. I have a vision for the rest of the story but executing that vision is proving difficult. Maybe I’ve overthought it all? It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happen to me. Planning is a tightrope walk. Too much and too little both put me at risk of stalling out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to get this chapter finished as soona s possible. I feel like it is a stumbling block between me and the conclusion at this point. I will get past it.

August 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,636
  • Today’s word count: 98
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. It definitely wasn’t the most productive day by a long shot, but I sat down and I wrote. I think I spent more time talking with friends about writing and getting hyped for Scrivener 3 than actually writing. It might not have been the best use of my time, but I had fun.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to get back to writing. I also have a lot of housework to do. My day is going to be pretty busy, it seems.

August 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,722
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: I struggled to get the words out today. I had trouble focusing. I doubted myself. Overall, it just wasn’t a great day for writing. If it was just one issue, I think I would have fixed it and got back to work, but everything seemed to be more than a little off.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to finish this chapter but I’m not sure how I’m going to do it. I need to get over this self doubt and find a way to keep myself from getting distracted by unnecessary demands on my attention. I can do it. I just need to find the willpower.

August 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,768
  • Today’s word count: 46
  • Thoughts: Today might have been the worst day for writing so far this week. I couldn’t focus. I felt restless in both body and mind. I tried several things to alleviate this restlessness, but nothing seemed to do the trick. I guess today just wasn’t meant to be a writing day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I also have aspirations. I want to write. I will write, even if I don’t have much time for it.

August 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,921
  • Today’s word count: 153
  • Thoughts: Well, it might not have been spectacular but today was a better day of writing than I’ve had lately. On top of that, it’s Friday. I can’t believe I had an easier time writing on a Friday than on a Wednesday. Weird.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be busy and away from my computer for a lot of the day. I don’t know how much writing I will get done, but I know I’m going to try.

August 31 and September 1

No writing progress made. I was out of the house a lot this weekend. I feel like I only came home to unwind a bit and then fall asleep. I didn’t expect to be this busy but it was a lot of fun. I just wish I could have found time to write in addition to all the out of the house adventuring I did. I’m hoping to have a quiet week this week and really focus on my writing to get back on track.


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Writing Progress August 19 -25, 2019

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August 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,721
  • Today’s word count: 166
  • Thoughts: The heat definitely drained me again today. I tried to write and I had a bit of success once I managed to cool off. There was a time today when I didn’t think I would be able to cool off or write. The worst part was that I didn’t even go outside to get overheated. It was just that hot in most of my apartment today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: This little heatwave isn’t going to quit so I’m going to do my best to keep cool and hopefully get some work done. My main goal is to get a chapter posted here on the blog.

August 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,823
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: We’re still in the midst of a heatwave. It’s still draining me. I’m still trying to write and do other writing related things, like posting a new chapter today. I guess the day is not a complete loss.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think it is supposed to continue to be hot and humid, but I’m not going to give up hope. I know I can write. It might not be a ton of words, but I can sit down and make an effort even if I’m overheating for most of the day.

August 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,070
  • Today’s word count: 247
  • Thoughts: The heatwave continues. I’m trying, but I’m definitely still feeling the effects of the weather. I don’t do extreme temperatures. I want to live my life normally but the weather makes that so difficult. I want normal, warm summer weather (and fall to come quickly).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m pretty sure the temperatures aren’t supposed to be any cooler, but I’m going to keep trying. My willpower is going to get me through this. I’m pretty sure things are supposed to finally cool off on Friday so I just need to hang on for a little longer.

August 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,251
  • Today’s word count: 181
  • Thoughts: Today was hot. Again. I’m so done with it. Thankfully, I think today is supposed to be the last day of this heatwave. I wrote, but it wasn’t an amazingly productive day. I guess I shouldn’t complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. It’s hard to guess what will happen. It’s supposed to be cooler. A lot cooler. I just want to write. Hopefully I’ll be able to focus on writing.

August 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,374
  • Today’s word count: 123
  • Thoughts: Today was Friday. Fridays can be a disaster, but today wasn’t so bad. My word count isn’t that much lower than yesterday. Honestly, I’m thrilled. For a Friday, this was an amazing accomplishment.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to a park and then I have dinner with my family. I don’t know when I will have time to write, but I’m pretty sure I will make time to write at least a little bit. I’m feeling motivated and I don’t want to lose it. Skipping a day of writing is just too much of a risk right now.

August 24

No writing progress made. I spent most of the days outside. The part of the day I did spend inside, I didn’t spend in my home. That left me with almost no time to write. By the time I was home and able to write, it was really, really late and I was out of energy.

It’s been a while since that happened. I think it’s okay because it has been so long. I’ll try to make up for it tomorrow.

August 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 245,416
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It wasn’t much. I was still exhausted from everything I did on Saturday. As badly as I wanted to write, I just didn’t have the energy to concentrate. Even worse, I was too tired to sit in a way that made it easy for me to type. In better news, I thought up a fun opening line for my  next serial. I’ll probably get rid of it later, but it was exciting to be struck by inspiration for a story that is still in the development stage.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can get back to writing a reasonable amount of words. I do have to go out and do an errand, but it shouldn’t take me all day. I should have most of the afternoon and the entire evening to concentrate on my usual routine.

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Writing Progress August 12 – 18, 2019

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August 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,744
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I feel like I’m making progress again. Now I need to keep making progress every single day. Inbetween is getting so close to the end and I’m getting more and more impatient to get there. If I just wrote faster it would happen sooner.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to post a chapter of Inbetween here on the blog as well. It’s been waiting around for a few days now and I just need to get myself organized and finally post it for everyone to read. Of course, my patrons haven’t had to wait, but they’re probably already wondering when the next chapter is coming.

August 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,802
  • Today’s word count: 58
  • Thoughts: Today was an okay day. My word count wasn’t particularly high, but I did manage to post a new chapter, which is always exciting. Every time I post a new chapter reaching the end of this story becomes more real for me. It’s going to happen. I can’t wait!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I might be getting close to the end, but I still have a lot of words to write before I get there. I have to imagine this story really will surpass 250k now. It’s a beast.

August 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 243,504
  • Today’s word count: 702
  • Thoughts: Wow. I didn’t expect to write this much in one day. It hasn’t happened in a long time. Hopefully this means I’ll be more productive on a day-to-day basis again. I’d hate to think this was a one day spike in productivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. After all the words I wrote today, how can I not try to at least match it tomorrow? I’m so close to finishing this story and I need to use that to boost my daily word count.

August 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,405
  • Today’s word count: 901
  • Thoughts: Another productive day! I don’t know how I did it, honestly. I hoped it would happen, but I have no confidence in my ability to keep writing a respectable amount of words. I even managed to write more words than yesterday and I finished a chapter. That was probably the best part of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’m not sure I can meet or exceed today’s word count. I’m going to try to work on my writing though. Even if I don’t keep up the momentum, I’ll at least make progress.

August 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,408
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Wow. This was the most Friday of Fridays. However, I did manage to revise an entire chapter in the afternoon. It resulted in three whole words more than I had when I started the day. No more writing happened. Oops?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have another busy day that’s going to take me away from my keyboard. I’m going to enjoy that time and hopefully come back ready and able to drag this massive story closer to the finish line.

August 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,423
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: More words than yesterday, but I feel like I accomplished less. I was hardly home and by the time I was home I was pretty worn out. I tried to write. You can see that from the couple words I managed that I was only slightly successful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be home all day. This is what I’ve needed. I simply cannot be productive the way I want to be if I’ve been out and socializing that day. It’s too draining.

August 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 244,555
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better. I wanted to have another fantastic writing day since I was home all day, but it didn’t happen. I think I over did it on Friday and Saturday because I had a migraine not too long after I woke up and I couldn’t shake it all day. It definitely hurt my productivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully the migraine will go away after a  good night’s sleep. Then I’ll be able to write as much as possible while factoring in the obnoxiously hot weather. It’s always hard to write in the heat. Hopefully I can find a cool place to hide so it doesn’t mess me up too much.

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Writing Progress August 5 – 11, 2019

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August 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,056
  • Today’s word count: 66
  • Thoughts: I usually write at night and I just didn’t have energy to do it tonight. Coming home from pet sitting was surprisingly exhausting. The actual pet sitting was great. It was pretty relaxing to just hang out with and care for animals, but coming home again just drained me. Maybe it was just needing to unpack and mostly just wanting to snuggle with my cats instead.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back home and back to writing. I might manage to revise a chapter, if I’m on a roll. I hope I manage to be that productive.

August 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,146
  • Today’s word count: 90
  • Thoughts: I revised today! The change of pace felt amazing. Maybe I need to take more days to revise. Well, I just need to write more so I have more to revise when the urge hits me. Easy, right? Ha! Maybe if I had a ton of 500+ word days in a row I’d have enough material to just take a day off and revise a chapter whenever I felt like it. I’d love it if that could happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revising. I’m going to get a chapter posted to Patreon! Then I’ll be going back to writing. I really do need to get a ton of 500+ word days going. I want Inbetween finished. I have so many other projects in need of my attention. It’s time to get to work on them.

August 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,223
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: I finished revising a chapter. It’s posted for my patrons now and will show up here on the blog sometime in the coming week. I also switched gears back to writing and made a bit of progress. Overall, it was a good day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not sure if the weather is going to get in my way or not, but I’m going to try and if storms and high humidity try to ruin things, I’ll just have to work around them.

August 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,365
  • Today’s word count: 142
  • Thoughts: Today went pretty well, I think. I spent a lot of time sitting and thinking about what I wanted to write and it did cut into my writing time, but I think having a plan will benefit my productivity while writing the rest of this chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can write. It will be Friday so it’s hard for me to find the ability to focus, but I’m at least optimistic. I should have at least a little time to dedicate to my writing.

August 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,368
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Wow. I rarely write this little on days I actually manage to write. I was busy. That happens on Fridays. I sat down and tried to write. Then I realized I was exhausted. I stopped trying.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. There’s going to be a street fair right outside my door so I probably won’t get much writing down during the day, but there’s the entire evening and the whole night full of writing opportunities. I’m not going to give up on the day before it’s started!

August 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,370
  • Today’s word count: 2
  • Thoughts: I didn’t think it would be possible, but my word count decreased from yesterday! I blame the street fair and my own laziness. At least I made the effort to sit down and start a sentence. It’s just a shame it didn’t go any further than that. Oh well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have nothing to do but stay home in my pajamas and write. There’s no reason to go outside and no reason to be distracted. I’m sure I’ll find something to draw my attention away but hopefully it won’t last too long or cause too many problems.

August 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 242,514
  • Today’s word count: 144
  • Thoughts: I wrote. That’s better than the last few days. I managed to finish that sentence I started the other day. It was such a relief to get that behind me. That sentence was bothering me. There was nothing wrong with it. I just hated that I started it and didn’t finish it for so long.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Depending on my level of motivation I might get the next chapter posted as well. It’s coming soon, even if it might end up going up on Tuesday rather than Monday.

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Writing Progress July 29 – August 4, 2019

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July 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 241,022
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I had another active day and I wrote between all the activity. Feeling good enough to increase my activity level has really improved my mood. Now I just need to get better at juggling all the wandering and exploring I’ve been doing and my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More exploring. More writing. I might cut back on wandering around town a bit because it’s going to be even hotter than the past few days. Hopefully staying in to keep cool will make it easier to write even more words than I’ve been managing lately. Here’s hoping!

July 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 241,239
  • Today’s word count: 217
  • Thoughts: I doubled my word count from yesterday. I think that counts as more writing. I didn’t wander around as much. I said I wouldn’t, but the real reason was because of thunderstorms. I was not about to stretch out my evening walk while there was lightning in the sky. That just seemed like a bad idea.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More wandering. More writing. It’s supposed to be cooler after the storms so maybe I’ll have a bit more energy again. I certainly hope so. Walking around has helped keep me energized but it only goes so far when the temperatures and humidity are oppressive.

July 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 241,265
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. Today was a terrible writing day. I don’t know what went wrong exactly, but it resulted in hardly any words being written. I wanted to write. However, getting ideas to transform into words was nearly impossible.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I can’t imagine it will be a worse day for writing than today turned out to be. Maybe starting a new month will be enough of a fresh start to shake things up for me.

August 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 241,412
  • Today’s word count: 147
  • Thoughts: I managed to write more, but I’m still not satisfied with my word count. I feel like I could be doing more but it’s just not happening. It’s hard. There’s a lot out there trying to distract me and I’m letting it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday but things are going to be a little bit different than usual. I’ll be pet sitting/house sitting for the weekend. I’m hoping I’ll be able to focus primarily on my writing in between playing with adorable animals. We’ll see what happens. The potential for a great writing day are there.

August 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 241,444
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: I thought today might be a bit different from a typical Friday since it was far from typical. The results of this atypical Friday were surprisingly typical. I suppose I needed more time to settle in than I expected. I tried to write but I ended up feeling distracted much of the time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should be more adjusted to my change in setting. That should make it easier to focus on my writing. I want to write a ton of words. It’s supposed to be one of the benefits of a change of scenery!

August 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 241,683
  • Today’s word count: 239
  • Thoughts: Writing was slow again today, but overall it was a much, much better day for writing. I’m actually making progress! Considering how little I’ve been writing lately, today was great. I wish I could write 1,000 words or more in a day, but that might not be possible for me right now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More pet sitting. More writing. I’ll be doing my best to concentrate on getting as many words out as possible.

August 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 241,990
  • Today’s word count: 307
  • Thoughts: Better. Still not great, but I will certainly take better. Most importantly, I’m feeling refreshed. Getting out of my same old routine hopefully will help me be productive for a while after my vacation has ended. Any productivity boost is welcome. I need to start finishing things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: My last day of pet sitting. I’ll continue to try to write. Maybe the final day will be the most productive. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised by my own ability to produce words. It’s happened before!

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Writing Progress July 22 – 28, 2019

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July 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,526
  • Today’s word count: 111
  • Thoughts: Well, today was slightly cooler and slightly more productive. If only colder temperatures always resulted bigger word counts. I’d be an unstoppable whirlwind of writing all winter long. If only things worked that way in reality.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to get a chapter posted here. I’ve had it ready to go for a while, but I just never found the motivation to finish setting up the post. It’s time to stop putting it off and get it up on the blog once and for all. It’s wild to think we’re over 100 chapters into this serial now.

July 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,644
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: A new chapter went up today! The cool weather today certainly helped a bit. It isn’t reflected all that well in my word count, but I had a major breakthrough on what’s going to happen next. I’ve known how I wanted Inbetween to end since the beginning, but I lost the path to that ending a while ago. Now I’ve found one and I love it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More cool weather hopefully means more writing. I’m going to do my best to write more and more words each day.

July 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,664
  • Today’s word count: 20
  • Thoughts: Ugh. The anxiety got me today. I don’t know where it came from or what it was about, but it got me. I tried to get it back under control. I succeeded, but it took too long. I didn’t have enough time or energy to really sit down and write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I chased off the anxiety. Hopefully that means I’ll be able to write a lot tomorrow. I guess it will all come down to whether or not I can keep the anxiety from returning.

July 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,742
  • Today’s word count: 78
  • Thoughts: I got sick. That was unexpected. It was almost certainly just my allergies acting up, but I had such a terrible ear ache for most of the day. I was miserable! And there wasn’t much I could do about it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. I just have to hope I’ll find the time and motivation to get something done. I suspect I will be fairly distracted. There’s always so much I need to do and once I leave the house for an errand, I need to spend a few hours recovering once I’m home again.

July 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,783
  • Today’s word count: 41
  • Thoughts: Today could have been worse. For a while I didn’t think I’d manage to write at all, but I sat down and wrote a couple sentences and it felt great to make the effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more than a few sentences. It should be possible. I’ll be puttering around the house for most of the day. Taking some of that time and using it for writing should be easy enough. I just don’t want to set my expectations too high.

July 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,806
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write a lot today, but I did take my laptop out to write somewhere other than my apartment. It’s been a while since I last did that! It wasn’t very productive, but it was so much fun! I also spent a lot of time outside walking around. I think it’s was the most exercise I had in a single day all month and it felt great. Honestly, I didn’t want to stop.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! More walking too, I think. It was too much fun not to try to relive it.

July 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,916
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: I made more progress today than other days recently. It was a great day. I got a lot of exercise and it actually made me more energized. It’s been a long time since that happened. A couple different pain problems usually prevent me from feeling more energetic after a lot of physical activity in a short span of time. Not having that problem is such an amazing feeling.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More walking. More writing. I’m feeling motivated and excited to get things done! Let’s do it!

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Writing Progress July 15 – 21, 2019

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July 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 239,698
  • Today’s word count: 434
  • Thoughts: I felt pretty productive today. Unfortunately, I only worked on Inbetween. I still want to get back to planning my next serial, but I don’t know how to fit both projects into one day. Once I get into writing Inbetween, I tend to keep going until I run out of steam. Then I’m out for the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I might even wrap up a chapter. We’ll see. Hopefully I’ll also find the time and energy to work on my next serial as well. It needs some attention and I can’t keep putting it off.

July 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,055
  • Today’s word count: 357
  • Thoughts: This week is turning out to be reasonably productive word count-wise. I finished writing a chapter today. Still no progress on planning my next serial. I could feel myself getting close to wrapping up a chapter and I focused on my attention on getting that done. It worked. I can’t complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I feel like a world of options is available to me. I can start the next chapter. I could turn my attention to revising. I could focus on planning. The only thing I know I’m not going to do is take a day off. I feel too motivated.

July 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,129
  • Today’s word count: 74
  • Thoughts: I was so productive today. I got up early to pick green beans because this heat wave won’t allow it to be done too long after the sun rises. Then I came home and revised a chapter. It’s up on Patreon now. After that, I spent two hours working on character sketches for my next serial. Later, I went back to writing Inbetween. I didn’t write a ton, but I did make progress. Such an awesome day!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully more planning too. There’s a lot to do and I don’t want to risk losing this excess of writing energy.

July 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,318
  • Today’s word count: 189
  • Thoughts: I wrote. I ended the day with more words than yesterday, but I didn’t feel as productive as yesterday. All I managed to do was write for a while. I didn’t plan my any part of my next serial. I didn’t revised anything. It was slightly discouraging.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. Would it be too much to hope for a productive day? I just want to write! We’re in the midst of a huge heatwave so I’m going to be stuck in the only cool rooms in the apartment. Hopefully being stuck there will force me to write a lot of words.

July 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,355
  • Today’s word count: 37
  • Thoughts: It was Friday. Things didn’t go as planned. That’s pretty standard stuff for a Friday. The heatwave didn’t help things at all. Trying to hide from the heat just gave me cabin fever. I want to go outside, but at the same time, I don’t want to melt!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay cool. Hopefully write. Hopefully find a way to counteract the cabin fever that isn’t going to go away if I don’t do something.

July 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,373
  • Today’s word count: 18
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was so hot and I was absolutely miserable. I had plenty of time to write, but all I wanted to do was sit perfectly still and try to cool off. Even making the effort to type was difficult. Thinking was pretty much out of the question.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Well, the heatwave is going to continue. All I can do is try to write. I’m not counting on it going well. I think I know my limits at this point.

July 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 240,415
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: Well, today was the most productive day of the weekend. That isn’t saying much, but I managed to write a few sentences today. The heat wave is really draining my ability to do much of anything. Even when I stay inside where I’m cool, I’m still not comfortable and able to concentrate.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think the weather is supposed to be slightly cooler so I’m hoping I’ll be more productive.

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Writing Progress July 8 – 14, 2019

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July 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 238,195
  • Today’s word count: 107
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I did a ton of other things too. I felt really productive. I wish I’d written more, but I sat down and wrote as much as I could. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the time to work on planning my next serial. I can’t let putting that off become a habit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More planning. I’m also hoping to get a chapter posted here on the blog. We’ll see what happens. I have obligations that will take me away from my writing again and that always makes my productivity unpredictable.

July 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 238,268
  • Today’s word count: 73
  • Thoughts: These busy days are killing me. I assume being busy is good for me, but I miss the days when I was busy with my writing and little else. It’s so much easier to juggle multiple projects when I’m not juggling much else. Lately it has been almost impossible to keep up with everything. However, I did manage to post a new chapter today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should be staying home and have nothing else to focus on other than my writing. We’ll see how that works out for me. I have high hopes.

July 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 238,512
  • Today’s word count: 244
  • Thoughts: My only regret today is that I didn’t work on planning my next serial project. My attention was focus on Inbetween. It feels wrong to complain about that, but I really wanted to be able to split my focus and get a lot more accomplished. I need to do better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More planning. I’m not giving up on my multi-project multitasking dreams. This will happen. I will learn how to make it work and make it a consistent thing. I was doing it before and I can do it again.

July 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 238,828
  • Today’s word count: 316
  • Thoughts: Not bad. We’re approaching the sort of word counts that don’t make me feel terrible about my productivity for the day. It’s still a little on the low side, but it’s getting better. I can be happy with this. I’m just not happy I went another day without working on my July CampNaNoWriMo project. This serial is never going to get planned if I don’t buckle down and get to work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday. Will you be a productive Friday or yet another Friday lost to errands and my inability to focus after going outside? Maybe I’ll finally get back to planning.

July 12

I didn’t want this to be a typical Friday, but it ended up that way. I didn’t write. I didn’t plan my next serial. My day was filled with things other than writing. I hate when that happens. Maybe there’s a way I could work around this, but I don’t know how to address the issue, or what the issue really is, so finding a work around is a couple steps beyond me at this point.

July 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 239,033
  • Today’s word count: 205
  • Thoughts: There was a point in time when I wasn’t sure I would get any writing done today. I dragged out my laptop and hid from distractions and wrote a bit. Then distractions found me. I went to a game night. It was great. I had a blast. I took a break from socializing and wrote a bit more so my social energy had a chance to recharge. I can’t really be mad about the amount of progress I made today in comparison to other days this week.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should be home all day. I’ll have things to do around the house, but that’s nothing new. It should be a “normal” day, whatever that means.

July 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 239,264
  • Today’s word count: 231
  • Thoughts: I managed to write and it was a few more words than yesterday. I can live with that. Once again I didn’t work on planning my next serial. I’m terrible. I don’t know why I keep putting it off. The whole point of trying to do this for CampNaNoWriMo was to get myself to work on it every day. It worked well enough for a few days but not at all since then.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Work on planning! I need to get back on track. We’re entering the third week of the month. I can’t let bad habits continue!

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