Writing Progress December 14–20, 2020

daily writing progress

December 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,079
  • Today’s word count: 55
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote! It took forever to get started today. Then when I did manage to write I was practically falling asleep in my seat. I hate it when that happens. I was feeling plenty of creative energy and no other sort of energy whatsoever. I tried to push myself to stay up and write more but my body wasn’t having it. I need sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll find the creative energy to write before bedtime tomorrow. Who knows? I hope so. It’s a good goal, but I haven’t been achieving much writing at all lately.

December 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,329
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It felt great! I guess I just needed to give myself time to get back to a place where I could write. It’s just too bad that I can’t be patient with myself and take the time I need. I spent the past two weeks pushing myself over and over again just to see if I was ready. I wasn’t and I made myself miserable for no good reason. I knew I needed time. I just didn’t want to let myself have what I needed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep writing, obviously. I had some success today and I can’t let the momentum go to waste. I have to keep it up and finish this draft. It’s taken way too long already.

December 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,336
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: I was so, so distracted today.  A huge snowstorm hit us. We had more snow in one day than all of last winter. There was sleet too. The roads were a mess and I spent the afternoon worrying whether my boyfriend would have to go into work. He didn’t. I’m glad. The main road in front of our apartment didn’t get plowed at all under after the snow stopped.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: With the storm over I’m hoping I’ll be able to focus on writing again. There shouldn’t be anything nearly as distracting as constant, heavy snowfall to keep me away from my work.

December 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,341
  • Today’s word count: 5
  • Thoughts: Well, I was very distracted again today. I don’t know what did it. I had plenty of time to write. I just felt too restless to sit down and get to work. Usually I have no problem staying inside and keeping myself occupied. Being stuck inside by snow and ice made me restless. Since I couldn’t wander, my mind wandered for me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I know better than to hope for a productive Friday, but here I am. I was just starting to get back into the swing of things before I lost my mojo again. I want to get it back. It won’t be easy when I’m fighting against so many distractions, but maybe they’ll be the right kind of distractions this time.

December 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,369
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: This was such a typical Friday. I hope having a typical Friday is a sign that I’m getting back on track. It could mean anything. I’m just going to call it a good sign and leave it at that. We’ll see if I’m wrong soon enough.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Will I get back on track? Will I have another day of struggle and distraction? I won’t know until I try to write tomorrow. Unless something comes up, I should be having a cozy Saturday at home with my boyfriend so there should be plenty of time to make the writing magic happen.

December 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,396
  • Today’s word count: 27
  • Thoughts: I went into the day with the best of intentions. There’s just no way to plan for a migraine. When it happens I’m always too stubborn to admit defeat and try to go about my day normally which only makes me suffer more. I tried to write. I was miserable the entire time and it showed from the way I tried to drag the words out of my head for about 40 minutes with 27 words to show for it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ve gotta get past this migraine. I need to write. This is the feeling I’ve been waiting for since back in November. I want to grab onto it and start using it before it disappears but I can’t do properly until the migraine is gone.

December 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,499
  • Today’s word count: 103
  • Thoughts: I wrote more today. It wasn’t a huge flood of words like I hoped I could manage, but I ended up feeling a bit better later in the day and sat down to get to work. Without a ton of momentum from yesterday and only a couple hours before I needed to sleep, I knew I couldn’t hope for much.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I won’t have quite as many hurdles to jump over to get to a place I can write since I got back into the story today and I’m pretty sure I finally kicked this migraine.

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3 thoughts on “Writing Progress December 14–20, 2020

  1. Loving that I’ve found another budding writer on here! I hope your novel comes together just as you want it to. I’m writing my first book – a Memoir and oh my word it’s painful to recount some things but so cathartic writing about them. Have you got a publisher interested in your book are you going the self publishing route?


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