Writing Progress September 7–13, 2020

daily writing progress

September 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,159
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: Today was defined by post-migraine fatigue. I felt so much better but I still had next to no energy and I could tell my brain just wasn’t doing its best. I just needed to exist today. It wasn’t a day for being productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully my brain will feel normal again. I think after taking it easy I’ll be able to get some serious work done. It’ll be a bit of struggle. Getting back into writing after a couple low productivity days in a row is always difficult, but if I’m feeling better I should be up to the challenge.

September 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,379
  • Today’s word count: 221
  • Thoughts: Getting started was the hardest part of writing today. Sometimes I can just sit down and write and then there are days like today where I try and try again and nothing gets written for ages. Eventually my persistence paid off at least a little bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to get writing earlier in the day. It’ll only work if I can sit down and get to work on the first try. That hasn’t worked out for me lately. Maybe tomorrow will be the day that changes.

September 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,601
  • Today’s word count: 222
  • Thoughts: I wanted to write more than yesterday just to feel like I was improving. I finished a sentence with my daily word count one more than yesterday and decided to stop. I was done. Right now my energy is at a really low place so I didn’t want to push myself too hard.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I hope I can write more than I wrote today. I want to keep pushing myself because I’ve definitely been in a slump lately. It’s hard to predict when I’ll have the mental energy to push into writing this year. Everything is chaotic.

September 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,653
  • Today’s word count: 52
  • Thoughts: My anxiety was bad today. I couldn’t break out of the toxic thought cycle. Writing just wasn’t in the cards. I tried, but I didn’t get very far. Being alone with my thoughts just wasn’t a good idea.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. My day will be starting out with errands like most Fridays. It’s hard to say what will happen. Hopefully I won’t be prevented from writing by anxiety again.

September 11

No writing progress made. I needed to take some time for myself to reset and get away from the anxiety. I’m not sure it did the trick, but I’m not feeling worse at least.

September 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,706
  • Today’s word count: 53
  • Thoughts: I had such a weird day. I felt like I had no time at all to do anything, but somehow I ended the day with a lot of things done. I didn’t give myself as much time for writing as I should have. I forced out a few words at the end of the day, but I didn’t get very far.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I just want to stay home, have a quiet day, and give my time and attention to writing. I haven’t had a good writing day in such a long time. It has to happen soon. I might as well make it tomorrow. Sundays have a lot of good writing potential so maybe I can make it work.

September 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,748
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: Today just wasn’t as good of a day as I hoped it would be. Some of the problems I had resulted from choices I made. Chores needed to be done. Other problems were out of my control and just made me more anxious. Those derailed me entirely. I’m still trying to keep parts of my life off the internet so I’m hesitant to actually explain what is going on in this case. I doubt the details are as relevant as how I’m feeling in terms of my ability to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Have a relaxing, quiet day. I need to get myself centered so I can start working toward my goals again. I’m sure I’ll try to write. It feels wrong now to sit down and at least write a few words, but my main focus will be on getting into a better headspace.

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