Writing Progress August 31–September 6, 2020

daily writing progress

August 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 192,854
  • Today’s word count: 206
  • Thoughts: The word to describe today has to be average. It wasn’t good or bad. I wrote some words, but not very many. I feel okay about the words I wrote. Maybe I just have a case of the Mondays. Who knows?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to see if I can have a better than average day. I’m feeling determined. Let’s see if that motivation will still be there after I sleep. A good night’s sleep will probably only help.

September 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 193,203
  • Today’s word count: 349
  • Thoughts: I had a single burst of productivity today. It was exciting and fun while it lasted but trying and failing to write before it happened was awful. I’ve never been able to write first thing in the morning so I’m very familiar with the agony of waiting to start being productive. Somehow it usually works out for me, but I wish I could find a way to focus and get on with the writing before anything else.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I wonder if I can train myself to write in the morning. The only way to find out is to try. Maybe I’ll manage to make it happen tomorrow or maybe not. We’ll see!

September 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 193,739
  • Today’s word count: 536
  • Thoughts: The full moon gave me so much energy! A lot of it needed to be run off before I could sit still long enough to write. Once that was done, I actually got a good amount of writing done! Days like this feel really good. I want more of them.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Another day like today would be great. I love having energy to run off and then having the energy and focus I need to get writing done. Being productive feels so good.

September 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 193,811
  • Today’s word count: 72
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was not my day. I wanted to write but I lacked focus and energy. It was an awful combination. My motivation was nearly at zero. What went wrong? I wish I knew!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what I want to accomplish because I don’t know what to expect. Sometimes Fridays  can be good. Usually, Fridays are a productivity black hole. I’m not going to hope for much so I won’t be too disappointed when something takes me away from writing.

September 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,001
  • Today’s word count: 190
  • Thoughts: I guess my expectations were too low because I blew past what I hoped I’d be able to do. I’m happy. Getting started wasn’t easy but I finally wrapped up a scene that had been bothering me the past few days. That’s always a win.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what this weekend is going to hold. I’m just going to try to keep writing. Starting a new scene in this draft will hopefully give me a boost since I was struggling for a bit to get things to wrap up in the last one.

September 5

No writing progress!

This was unexpected. The day started with some insomnia. Eventually I managed to nap. Then I took an unplanned trip to the grocery store (yay for snacks!) and not long after I got back from that I got hit with a migraine. I decided to go to bed much earlier than usual. Hopefully tomorrow will be a less painful day.

September 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,049
  • Today’s word count: 48
  • Thoughts: I think I know why I had trouble sleeping and focusing yesterday. Today I got hit hard by a migraine. I still had things I needed to do and I powered through those. Then the day became all about trying to get some relief from the migraine. I tried to write, but it didn’t go well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as I’m recovered from the migraine I’m sure I’ll be able to get back on track. The excitement of being so close to the end of this draft hasn’t gone away. It’s just been pushed to the side by a lot of distractions. I can get it back if I try.

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