Writing Progress February 17 – 23, 2020

daily writing progress

February 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,815
  • Today’s word count: 70
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t in the greatest place mentally today. I wasn’t upset, but I was extremely distracted. My mind bounced from one thing to the next and the only things that really got accomplished didn’t need my full attention. “Background” tasks won the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping a good night’s sleep will reset my mind and allow me to focus on writing more easily. The hardest part will be ensuring I get a good night’s sleep to start things off.

February 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,933
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: My energy levels were so low today. Most of the energy I did manage to muster went into non-writing things. I made food. I took care of my pets. None of these are bad things, but I still feel frustrated when I just can’t muster any additional energy for my work. Hopefully I won’t have too many of these days this year.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After a good night’s sleep I’m counting on having renewed energy for writing. I shouldn’t have so many responsibilities dragging me away from my writing. There are leftovers to eat. The cats will still need my attention, but that’s a constant. Let’s see what happens!

February 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,108
  • Today’s word count: 175
  • Thoughts: It seems like I’m on a gradual upward climb with my productivity. I don’t know how long I can keep it up, but I’m going to try to maintain this forward momentum. It’s actually exciting to reflect over the past few days and see my word count for each day go up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can keep this pattern going, I’ll be thrilled. Even clearing 100 words will make me at least a little happy. I’ve been having such a rough time for a while now and I think keeping my expectations reasonable will keep me from getting too discouraged.

February 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,319
  • Today’s word count: 211
  • Thoughts: I have no idea how I managed to write at all. I woke up with a migraine today. It messed up my day, but I wrote anyway?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Friday with a potential for more migraine? I’m not looking forward to seeing my lack of progress. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised?

February 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,.341
  • Today’s word count: 22
  • Thoughts: The migraine continued. I was exhausted. I was in pain. I really tried to write, but it just didn’t work out. I just needed to relax and give myself time to recharge and recover.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if I’ll manage to write anything. If I still don’t feel well, writing isn’t likely to happen. On top of that, I have things I’m supposed to do outside of the house. If I do those things, the likelihood of writing goes down again.

February 22

No writing progress made. I didn’t sleep well and then I was out of the house for hours. Once I was home, I didn’t have the energy to be creative or the focus to work on something like revisions.

February 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,418
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: I recharged a little bit. I wrote a little bit. It wasn’t so bad, but I’m still a little disappointed for not writing more. I don’t know what the cutoff is for feeling guilty about my word count, but I definitely need to get somewhere in the triple digits to get out of the guilt.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m staying home tomorrow. I’ve been out of the house and socializing too many days in a row. There’s writing and revising that needs my attention.

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