Writing Progress December 21–27, 2020

daily writing progress

December 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,531
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: I ended up so much more distracted than I intended today. Some of it came from circumstances I could control and some of it was just the unpredictability of life. At this time of year, especially in 2020, I’m not going to bother getting upset with myself over a sad, little word count. I’ll just keep trying when I can.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I should have the ability to keep distractions minimized, but who knows what will happen. This time of year is full of surprises.

December 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,549
  • Today’s word count: 18
  • Thoughts: I’m still having a bad time with getting into writing every day. I feel like the holidays have now eclipsed the burnout caused by 2020 being one disaster after another. I can’t win at this point, but I can’t stop trying. I want to write even when my mind and body won’t cooperate.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The holidays continue to draw closer. Will it help or continue to hurt my ability to write? I feel like the will to write is there, but it keeps getting buried by dozens of distractions ranging from brief diversions all the way up to day consuming projects.

December 23

No writing progress made. Holidays are messing with me so I’m not going to analyze how or why it happened.

December 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,569
  • Today’s word count: 20
  • Thoughts: I managed to write. It could have gone better, but it could have gone worse. I really can’t complain at this time of the year.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll write. Maybe I won’t. I don’t know what to expect. I just hope I’ll have a good day.

December 25

No writing progress made. It was Christmas. I actually got to give my best friend her Christmas gifts on Christmas for the first time in maybe forever and I got to talk to her in person for the first time in at least a month. It was a good day.

December 26

I had another day with no writing progress. I played a game. I ate food. It was the second day of Christmas for me. Getting back into writing after this isn’t going to be easy, but I could tell I needed a break so I’ve been making an effort not to pressure myself to squeeze in a bit of writing when it wasn’t something I was willing or able to make a priority. Once things calm down again I’ll be able to form a new routine and things will be better than ever because I won’t be exhausted from pushing myself too hard for very little reward.

December 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 200,591
  • Today’s word count: 22
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I wouldn’t say I’m back in the swing of things yet, but I’m getting there. I’ve started writing again. It feels pretty good to write again. Maybe I’m finally going to get back on track this time around.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course! Christmas is over. I had a few days to recover from the effort of getting Christmas ready. I still don’t know how the holiday managed to be so exhausting this year when we didn’t have any huge gatherings to prepare for or attend. I guess my stamina is also lower this year. No surprise there. At least I seem to be bouncing back from it.

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