Writing Progress August 3–9, 2020

daily writing progress

August 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 187,086
  • Today’s word count: 311
  • Thoughts: I didn’t think today was going to be a good writing day for most of the day. I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t sit still. Then a little while before bedtime something just clicked and I wrote. It felt amazing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’d be great if I could write earlier in the day, but I’ll settle for just being able to write without struggling to get the words out. I need more days where the words just flow. Those are the days I don’t question why I do this.

August 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 187,343
  • Today’s word count: 257
  • Thoughts: A migraine plagued me all day. For a while I thought I’d have a day with no writing progress. Then I just wrote a bit. I don’t think it’s great. I didn’t feel great while doing it, but it felt better to write than not.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better so I can write more. I don’t have all that much control over the duration of a migraine, but it can’t possibly go on forever. Once it is gone, I’m getting back to work. This draft needs to be finished.

August 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 187,780
  • Today’s word count: 437
  • Thoughts: The migraine didn’t go away after sleeping. I was devastated. I tried to take care of myself and it must have worked because I wrote a decent amount of words. Even if I wasn’t feeling well, writing felt great.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ve gotta get past this migraine. It can’t last forever. Hopefully another night’s sleep will do the trick. Once I’m feeling better, I hope I’ll be able to write even more words. With the end of this story almost in sight, I feel like I need to pick up the pace and get to the finish line.

August 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 188,163
  • Today’s word count: 383
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t in pain, but I had trouble focusing. It took forever for me to sit down and get to work. I hate days like this. I want to write and there’s an undercurrent of anxiety in my day until I get some words written. Days like this mean I’m anxious until almost right before bedtime. Not cool.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I should lower my expectations. I know I won’t write a ton on Friday. I always disappoint myself. A smaller goal would probably lead to less disappointment.

August 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 188,327
  • Today’s word count: 164
  • Thoughts: My word count wasn’t impressive, but I’m not disappointed. This is about the best I’ve come to expect from Fridays. I managed to focus enough to write some sentences. That’s a win!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll have more time and energy to put into writing. I’m not sure what the day will hold for me, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying home all day. That should make it easier to find some time to work on making an abundance of words.

August 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 188,810
  • Today’s word count: 483
  • Thoughts: Getting started was the biggest hurdle today. It took forever, but once I got there, the words just wanted to escape. That’s always a great feeling. I think I could have written even more if I had more energy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should get to enjoy another quiet day at home. The only difference is that it’s supposed to be hot again. I might have to hide away in a cool corner. That has often helped me get a good word count, but I’m still going make an effort to be productive.

August 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 189,011
  • Today’s word count: 201
  • Thoughts: I struggled a bit to write today. It wasn’t the writing itself that was a problem. I realized pretty early in the day that the story was moving in the right direction. I lacked focus. All day I had restless energy. I cleaned random things around the house, but cleaning isn’t writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope for less restless energy and more focus. I want to keep the forward momentum going for as long as it will last. This part of the story is flowing really well so I need to take advantage of that.

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