This is a weird problem, I've been trying to finish a novel these last several years but I haven't completed the first draft. I've started it countless times, but I keep re-doing it, and I have countless versions of it on my desktop saved. I've tried outlining it, and that's helped a bit, little by little. My question is if there is anyway of measuring progress when I keep trying different versions of the same story out. Word count is never really all that consistent with me, some days are good, but most are not. Usually I have spurts of activity followed by dry periods where nothing is forthcoming. EDIT: I'll be a little more descriptive, I wrote this while I was tired X_X I didn't begin writing short fiction until a few years ago, in addition to poetry, and when I began this epic fantasy cycle I was in other my head, and I learned that later. I'm under the impression that filling in all the scenes subconsciously is what's taking a lot of time, however there are also a lot of moments where I just can't type, I kind of just stare at the screen and think without writing anything. Word counts are very inconsistent with me, and what usually helps is just sitting on a scene thinking it through some more, and switching to smaller projects, lately short fiction.