Writing Progress November 23–29, 2020

daily writing progress

November 23

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 15,757
  • Today’s word count: 421
  • Thoughts: I’m struggling to write. I’m not forcing myself to do it. That wouldn’t work right now anyway. I want to write but actually getting the words out right now is hard. At the moment writing is mostly staring at a wall and thinking about my story. Translating that into writing just didn’t work out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep expectations low. I want to aim for the stars, but I know I’m going through a lot right now. Eventually I will feel better. Until then, I need to be gentle with myself.

November 24

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 16,912
  • Today’s word count: 1,155
  • Thoughts: My intention was to dedicate the entire day to writing. I tripped myself up at the starting gate. I slept in. I took my time eating breakfast. I decided to cut my hair instead of getting on with my writing. Eventually I did write, and I had a really productive day. I wonder how much more I could have written if I’d started off the day the way I ended it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I continue this writing streak? Can I build off of today’s productivity? I hope so! I’m going to try.

November 25

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 17,464
  • Today’s word count: 568
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. Today wasn’t a good day. I was distracted. I struggled a lot. My word count isn’t abysmal, but I had such high hopes for today. It just wasn’t meant to be. I’m trying to accept that this just isn’t my year.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: What should I expect? It’ll be Thanksgiving. On a normal year I would expect that to completely derail all attempts at productivity for the day, but this year is strange. I might have a reasonable opportunity to get some writing done on Thanksgiving for maybe the first time since the NaNo I was studying abroad.

November 26

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 17,591
  • Today’s word count: 127
  • Thoughts: My hopes were through the roof for today. The day didn’t live up to the expectations. Oddly enough, it ended up being a pretty typical Thanksgiving for me writing-wise. All other parts of it were atypical but at least something on Thanksgiving stayed the same, right?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, hopefully. I don’t know what else to do. This is NaNoWriMo. I have to keep writing. That’s the whole point.

November 27

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 17,650
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: Today was not meant to be a day for writing. I can’t really afford to have those days at this point in NaNoWriMo but it happened anyway. I’m so tired and I don’t think I have the mental or physical stamina to make it to the finish line this year. It’s been a hell of a month.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I know what tomorrow has in store for me and I’m not optimistic for my ability to get my words in. This month has thrown a lot at me. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check. It’s okay if I don’t win NaNo this year. At least I’m still writing.

November 28

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 17,675
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: Today was another really tough day. I just sat and existed a lot of the time I could have been writing today. A lot of times when this happens I think I could have managed my time differently to make the writing easier. Nothing would have made writing even possible today. It sucks because November is usually all about writing, but I can’t do it these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’d love to get back to writing. I’m not going to pretend I have a chance of winning NaNoWriMo at this point. In another year I might be able to summon a massive push and get close enough to make the finish line possible on the 30th but not this year. I would just like to write something again as an emotional release.

November 29

  • Project: The Mage’s Unwritten Guide to Dragons
  • Total word count: 18,619
  • Today’s word count: 944
  • Thoughts: I wrote today and it felt great. Then I ran out of steam and I stopped. Normally during NaNoWriMo I would keep pushing myself to write more, but this month has been so hard already. I’m just happen to write more than a few words. Things have been too hard lately to push myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’d love to write an avalanche of words for the final day of NaNoWriMo, but I’m not going to hurt myself to make it happen. I still have periods of time every day where I just need to do nothing at all. I’m not going to ignore that if I need it.

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