Writing Progress November 16–22, 2020

daily writing progress

November 16

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 12,203
  • Today’s word count: 1,195
  • Thoughts: I’m getting back on track, but I’m not there yet. Whatever happened to my productivity over the weekend isn’t something I can easily bounce back from. I gave myself plenty of time to write today and did everything I could to keep my motivation up. This is what I managed to do. It’s not terrible, but it’s not enough for NaNoWriMo.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to get back on track. I’m not sure I’m quite at the point where I can do that, but trying to get there is a great source of motivation. I’ll keep aiming there unless I notice the goal starting to discourage me or (if I’m really lucky) I actually get there.

November 17

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 13,174
  • Today’s word count: 971
  • Thoughts: Today was another day that I’d be thrilled to have writing-wise outside of NaNoWriMo. However, this is NaNoWriMo and I want to get caught up, not fall further behind. I know I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself, but I’m determined to make this work and win. I need something good to come out of 2020.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I want to write enough to get back on track, but I don’t think that’s possible. I just need to consistently write more than 1,667 words every day to get anywhere close to my goal for the month.

November 18

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 13,460
  • Today’s word count: 286
  • Thoughts: Today didn’t start off badly. Then I got busy. When I was back at my desk and had time to write I got anxious. I couldn’t kick that anxiety for a long time. It just froze me. I haven’t felt anxious at all the past few days so it caught me off guard.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Less anxiety. More writing. I know it sounds too simple to be a plan, but I’ll feel like anxious if I write and I’ll write if I feel less anxious. It isn’t simple at all, unfortunately.

November 19

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 14,268
  • Today’s word count: 808
  • Thoughts: I wrote more today than yesterday, but I’m still nowhere near where I need to be to finish NaNoWriMo. I’m too anxious about too many things to push for writing. I’m not sure I’ll be winning this year. I’m not giving up, but I’m trying to temper my expectations at this point in the month.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Fridays are usually bad for my productivity, but that hasn’t been the case so far this month. I don’t know what to expect. I’m even nervous about expecting the unexpected.

November 20

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 14,391
  • Today’s word count: 123
  • Thoughts: Well, it looks like Fridays are back to being chaotic and not at all conductive to writing a lot of words. I’ll miss my productive Fridays. Maybe I’ll get them back eventually.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to keep my expectations low so I won’t be disappointed, but this month makes that impossible. I want to have a wildly successful day of writing. The end of the month is here. I need to turn things around now or I have no hope of getting to the end goal.

November 21

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 15,020
  • Today’s word count: 629
  • Thoughts: Today was better than yesterday, but I’m still not thrilled with the amount I’ve written. I’m just not getting NaNoWriMo levels of writing done. Every day this happens I feel more lost. Will I be able to catch up? I’m not so sure anymore.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I just need to keep writing. If I stop I won’t ever reach my goal. As long as I’m still writing I feel like I can still hope for success. Even if I don’t get to 50k, I’ll at least have as many words as I was capable of writing.

November 22

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 15,336
  • Today’s word count: 316
  • Thoughts: My day was looking like it would be pretty productive. I thought I would write a ton of words. Then I found out my grandpa died and everything stopped. I wasn’t going to write. I couldn’t. I don’t know when I’ll be able to write again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know. I might drop out of NaNoWriMo. Right now I feel like my connection with my characters and their world has been severed. There’s no space for them in my brain right now. I don’t know when that will change. I don’t even know when I’ll feel okay putting this post up.

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