I have always, up until now, been a long haul writer. I am able to sit and write for long periods at a time and produce great daily word counts, frequently over 5,000 and often over 10,000 words a day.
I know what you are thinking and I completely agree, writing is very personal and is a marathon, not a sprint.
At the moment, I am writing the fourth in a YA fantasy series and I find I am not able to find the daily creativity to advance the story on more and 3,000 words a day at the most. Previously, that would have been a relatively poor day, but I keep reminding myself that I am after a great story and if it comes slower this time, so be it. Just as long as it keeps on coming.
I still make my minimum mark of 1,500 words per day but don’t get all out of sorts if I have a day or two without looking at the story or advancing the writing. Again, before, this would not have happened. Not a chance.
I take comfort that when I read what has been written, I am still pleased with it and maybe as I get better at writing I am able to focus on the writing that advances the story, rather than write a lot of words that have to be deleted at a later date. I can’t tell if that is true yet, but again, I don’t beat myself up about it either way.
I would be interested to know what your writing patterns are and if they have change with time