Writing Progress October 19–25, 2020

daily writing progress

October 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 198,467
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: I stayed on track! I had a headache today so I started to despair. It seemed like I wouldn’t have the energy or willpower to write. I made myself sit down and show up to write at least a little and I ended up doing okay.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing and less headache. I know I don’t have much control over the headache. I can treat it and I can take care of myself so it will hopefully go away, but I can’t just willpower it away. However, I can control the amount of time and effort I put into writing. I’ll focus on that.

October 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 198,608
  • Today’s word count: 141
  • Thoughts: I think I did about as well as I could have hoped. I’ve realized I need to stop minimizing the problems I’m having by calling it something less severe. Yesterday I kept telling myself and everyone else I had a headache. It wasn’t a headache. It was a migraine and it was around today too. Maybe if I’d been honest I wouldn’t have written at all. That wouldn’t be good.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Less migraine. I don’t know how much control I have over the latter. I’ll still try to write regardless of how I feel. Not writing feels weird.

October 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 198,730
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: Things were pretty neutral today. The biggest thing that messed me up was trying to switch over to my laptop. My wifi connection on the laptop was absolutely terrible and getting it to sync my Scrivener project took forever. It messed up my mojo, but I really needed to step away from my desk for a while. I might have written even less if I hadn’t gone through with the switch.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully my laptop’s wifi will be more cooperative if I need a change of scenery. I just need to sit down and write. Getting started is always the hardest part for me. If I can properly get started earlier in the day maybe I can get a truly decent word count.

October 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 198,877
  • Today’s word count: 147
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty ordinary day for writing. I hoped I’d be a bit more productive, but considering this is about average for what I’ve managed lately, I can’t complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Who knows? I’m keeping my expectations low. Fridays are weird. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully I’ll find time to write after running errands.

October 23 and 24

No writing progress made.

I realized pretty early on that I needed a day off on Friday. I’ve been pushing to get a little bit of writing done every day for a while now. Some personal stuff came up and I knew I was completely out of the writing headspace and it was better not to fight it.

On Saturday I made sauerkraut. After that my hands were sore and tired. I took another day off to just exist.

October 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 198,948
  • Today’s word count: 71
  • Thoughts: I got back to writing. I thought my hands felt better, but once I started typing I knew my hands weren’t back to normal just yet. After two days off, I really wanted to write. Getting back into the routine isn’t easy. I’ve learned that lesson more than once. I’m trying to be patient but I’m not good at waiting.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as my hands agree with it, I want to write more. NaNoWriMo is less than a week away. I’m excited. I want to exploit that excitement and be more productive.

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