Writing Progress November 9–15, 2020

daily writing progress

November 9

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 3,446
  • Today’s word count: 287
  • Thoughts: I knew today wasn’t going to be extremely productive as soon as I woke up. My to do list was too long. I had the best of intentions and overall a very productive day, but too many other things had to be done at a certain time so writing got pushed back. I’m looking forward to having days entirely dedicated to writing. It’s a little concerning that I haven’t had a single one in the first 9 days of the month.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see if I can make the 10th my first dedicated writing day. I need it. NaNoWriMo is motivating me to have whole days of just writing, of course, but this year has ripped my productivity to shreds and I’ve had more than enough of barely typing up a couple paragraphs before I run out of time or energy.

November 10

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 4,963
  • Today’s word count: 1,537
  • Thoughts: I finally had a productive day of writing! I was hoping this would happen and now I’m so relieved. I just have to keep it up so I guess the pressure isn’t really off. Now I know I can still do it and I need to keep doing it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The weather forecast is calling for rain. Rainy days are great for writing. I won’t be tempted to go outside. I’ll still be distracted by cats, but that’s a daily struggle.

November 11

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 6,990
  • Today’s word count: 2,027
  • Thoughts: This felt like a proper NaNoWriMo day. It wasn’t cold, but it was rainy all day long. I stayed inside and wrote. I had tea and coffee. It almost felt like attending a coffee shop write-in without anyone to chat with. I wasn’t distracted, but I also didn’t have anyone else writing near me to push me to keep going. It’s probably the best 2020 can offer me though.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I think the rainy weather is going to continue. Will I be able to continue my writing streak? I’m motivated to keep it going and I can’t wait to find out what I can do.

November 12

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 8,364
  • Today’s word count: 1,374
  • Thoughts: Today was a decent day but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be. I can’t say anything went wrong. I just didn’t write as much as I thought I would.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to have another 2k day, but I know I have errands to run. This year the stress of going out to stores is worse than ever. I don’t know how much energy I will have to put into creativity after.

November 13

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 10,121
  • Today’s word count: 1,757
  • Thoughts: Today was a lot better than I expected it to be. I actually thought I wouldn’t get to 1,667 words for a while today. Eventually, I got my act together and wrote. I don’t know exactly what changed. Maybe I managed to recharge and that did the trick.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s NaNoWriMo. Of course I’m planning to write some more. At this point I just need to keep up the momentum. I also think I need to take a walk tomorrow before it gets any colder and all the leaves fall off the trees. Winter is just around the corner and I feel like I haven’t given fall the appreciation it deserves this year.

November 14

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 10,531
  • Today’s word count: 410
  • Thoughts: Is Saturday becoming the new Friday? Two weeks in a row my writing has dropped off severely on Saturday. This week I didn’t have much of an excuse either. I just wasn’t feeling it. Maybe I just needed a break. Hopefully that’s all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing! I have to make up for a bit more lost productivity now, but I think I’m up to the challenge. Aside from today, the past few days have been really good. If I keep working hard, I might not have to make such a huge final push at the end of the month. I’ve only avoided that once before and won. It’d be nice to do it again.

November 15

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 11,008
  • Today’s word count: 477
  • Thoughts: Today was another demotivated day. I’m just not feeling my writing. I have the time to write. I have ideas. The drive to get those ideas into words just disappeared. It’s so frustrating. Days like this feel awful during NaNoWriMo.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Find my motivation. I have to write. It’s NaNoWriMo. Maybe I should dig around the forums or read some of the pep talks to drum up some motivation provided by others. It might be my only hope. My own motivation is missing. Maybe it’ll come back if it looks like I’m borrowing motivation from elsewhere. Then I’ll have even more drive to write.

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