March 2019 Writing Report

//March 2019 Writing Report

March 2019 Writing Report

Can you believe we are already through the first quarter of the year! I personally am struggling to keep up with my goals, but I’m not giving up! I’m making steady progress. I write consistently when I am able to, and I take breaks and reevaluate my goals as necessary.

I still have ambitious goals for the year, but I definitely need a better plan.

Are you making progress toward your goals?

March 2019 Writing Report

Summary of My Month

This month, I really focused on persevering. I had a hard time writing this month, but every week, every day was a new chance to try again. I fell into a few ruts where I had the time to write but simply chose not too. It’s been a hard month with day to day life taking a lot of my energy. Some days, it was so much easier to choose watching Netflix with my hubby over a WIP I am struggling to revise. However, this month I was able  to  but I was still able to work on my WIP for 3 hours and 15 minutes this month. Which is more than I was able to work in January and February. So I’m at least writing more each month!

The first week of the month, I wrote 107 words over the course of 2 days.

The second week of the month, I wrote 362 words over the course of 3 days.

The third week of the month, I wrote 175 words over the course of 2 days.

The fourth week of the month, I wrote 144 words over the course of 1 day.

I spent most of my time this month revising and even doing a bit of research.


I fell in a rut and most weeks I only wrote two or three days instead of the five I aim for. There were several days where writing just wasn’t an option because of other responsibilities, but more often than not my excuse was simply a matter of being too tired.


I was able to do some really important research for my novel and I’m excited to incorporate it into the story. I also finished a second draft and am continually getting a better understanding of my story and where it needs to go.

Thoughts and Goals

To avoid taking all these unplanned breaks and not writing as much as I know I want to, I’m going to take an intentional break and not write the first week of April. I’ll use that time to make a better plan to achieve my goals and take a step away from my 2nd draft. I also want to read more about writing craft and have more understanding of how to improve my novel. Right now, I almost feel like my main character’s struggle could be one of two things and I need to pick one!

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  1. Mel Lee-Smith April 11, 2019 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Really enjoyed this! It’s encouraging for other writers who might also be stuck in a rut, but try not to beat yourself up for being too tired, busy, or simply unmotivated to write. A little progress is better than none at all!

    • Shelby May 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      So glad you enjoyed the post! A little progress is always better than none!

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