Writing Progress October 26–November 1, 2020

daily writing progress

October 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 199,358
  • Today’s word count: 410
  • Thoughts: Today went really, really well. I don’t know what changed. I wish I knew so I could recreate it or maybe even build on it. I want more days like this. Please.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll be desperately trying to recreate the magic that happened today. To keep myself sane I should just be happy with whatever I manage to write, but I know I’m going to be discouraged if I don’t have another good day. The pressure is real! I guess my real goal is to not crack under pressure.

October 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 199,590
  • Today’s word count: 232
  • Thoughts: My word count isn’t as good as yesterday’s, but I’m feeling pretty good about being generally more productive the last few days than the rest of the month. Staying positive seems to be the key right now. We’re only a few days away from NaNoWriMo so I really don’t want to lose this positivity.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay positive! I don’t care if I write 1 word or 10,000 words. I just want to keep the positivity going. Writing is writing and all writing is good.

October 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 199,762
  • Today’s word count: 172
  • Thoughts: It seems like I’m falling back into old habits. I don’t like it. Maybe I can still turn it around. Today might have just been a misstep. I know I was a bit distracted by NaNoWriMo excitement today. Having anticipation of a writing event is causing me not to write. Sad but true.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s time to turn all this anticipation for NaNoWriMo into intense writing energy. There’s plenty of do. I need to do it. It’s good practice and I’ll feel better once I get to work.

October 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,056
  • Today’s word count: 294
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I was aiming to have a total word count of 200k for this draft. Looks like I’m going over again. It might end up being longer than the second draft. Oops? I’ll just keep going and write until the story is over. Maybe next time things will be a bit shorter. Or I might just end up with enough story for 3 longish books.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. It’ll be Friday but I feel pretty confident that I will find a way to write at least a bit.

October 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,079
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit. It’s something. My expectations were a bit lower because it was Friday but maybe I should have lowered them a bit more. Most of the distractions were my fault. I went down a music rabbit hole with friends. Fun time, but not the best for writing. At least I have a massive playlist to mess with now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I won’t be touching The Dreams again until December (in theory) so I should try to get as much of it written as possible.

October 31

No writing progress made

I planned on writing but the day had other plans. I probably could have written at least a bit more of The Dreams before midnight, but by the time my butt was back in my chair, I thought saving my energy for midnight might be for the best. I needed a few hours to get centered.

November 1

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 660
  • Today’s word count: 660
  • Thoughts: A new month and a new novel! How long has it been since I started writing something new? I’m pretty sure it was NaNoWriMo 2016 when I started writing Inbetween. It’s been a while. Today proved I’m out of practice. In addition to that, one of my cats wasn’t feeling well so a good chunk of the time I meant to spend writing went to checking on him.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully things will be a little less chaotic outside of my writing. I want the trouble and drama to be on the page, please. That’s all I want for NaNo this year. Do we get NaNo wishes? I don’t know. I’m a little tired and I’m already in write whatever comes to mind mode.

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