I can finally say I've had a productive week of writing. Have I actually published anything on my site? No. But, I have actually put words down.
For the past two weeks, I've attempted this "monkey brain" writing I read about. Basically I just write about whatever is on my mind. For about a week it was actually all one storyline. But then, as things go, my mind totally switched directions and I've thought about other story ideas. Instead of just waiting to get back on track, I write about that instead. So I'm still getting words down and half the time they aren't even formatted correctly. Just writing down things as fast as possible so I can go to bed.
This way I feel productive because I'm still increasing my word count. And more importantly, not hating on myself for mentally switching storylines and not getting work done on the main storyline. Since each day can be a multitude of topics, I break up the topics with horizontal lines, then copy and paste them into their actual 'homes' when I get time.
I've kept track of what all I've taken care of with "x"s. X means it needs to be portioned out, while the basic date has already been put in its home.
Basically, I haven't taken care of a lot. But when the creative juices aren't flowing, I can portion out these random tidbits or edit them. Currently, I'm about 70% done with the first draft of a short story. Then I obviously have to edit it, probably 5 or 7 times. I'll publish it here, update it if I get comments and feedback, and work on sending it out to publications. I haven't actually researched any publications to use, but I did flag a few on this submission tracker called The Grinder. It feels like a good place to start.