Writing Progress February 1–7, 2021

daily writing progress

February 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 201,799
  • Today’s word count: 97
  • Thoughts: Today was a bit better writing-wise. What made the difference? I wish I knew! I just sat down to write and more than a few words came out. It’s still not a ton of words, but it is more than I’ve written in one day in a long while. Sometimes just showing up to write works.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to do the only thing that seems to work even some of the time. I’ll sit down and give myself time to write. Will I improve off today’s word count? Who knows?

February 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,016
  • Today’s word count: 217
  • Thoughts: Am I back on track? Maybe? I wrote more today than I’ve managed any other day lately. I wish I knew what was different. I think I’m just starting to get back to normal. My stress levels are quite as high. Nothing particularly upsetting has happened lately so maybe I’ve managed to recover a bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! If I’m actually getting back into writing form, I can’t lose my momentum. I’m feeling a lot better about showing up to write every day now.

February 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,235
  • Today’s word count: 219
  • Thoughts: I managed to write a bit again today! I think I’m doing better. It’s still not easy, but I’m showing up and it’s finally paying off. Every day I write more than a few words I feel better about my decision to keep trying. Persistence pays off!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After two days of significantly more writing than usual, I’m not going to stop. I haven’t noticed any real changes in my mental state, but I think I must be doing better. I am able to write again now without deleting and rewriting the same small bit over and over again.

February 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,315
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: Well, today wasn’t as great as yesterday. What went wrong? I’m not sure. My mind just didn’t focus as well or anything today. Maybe it was just a fluke. I guess I’ll just have to keep writing over the next few days and see what happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I know I shouldn’t set my expectations too high. However, I really, really want to write. I’ve been having such a good week. I’m getting back on track and I don’t want that to stop.

February 5

No writing progress made. My day didn’t go as planned at all, but it was still a good day overall. I was pretty tired after running errands so maybe writing would have been too draining.

February 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,417
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: I had a slightly more chaotic day than I expected, but it worked out in my favor. Sometimes I don’t realize how much I need to blow off steam and just relax for a while. It took up a decent amount of time and energy and I also had chores to do. However, I found myself wanting to write after it was all done. It was late, but I sat down and after a bit of struggle and self-doubt I wrote. I think I could have written more, but before I knew it, 3 a.m. was approaching and I knew I needed to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’re getting more snow. I don’t think it is going to be another huge storm, but there is no way I’m going outside for any reason during a snow storm. I should have plenty of time to stare at my draft and will some more words onto the page. Hopefully I’ll managed to make the magic happen before I should already be in bed.

February 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,443
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I just couldn’t get into writing today. I put in the time but the words just wouldn’t come out. The only good thing that came out of my writing today was my tiny amount of progress wasn’t hampered by writing and rewriting the same sentence over and over again. I think I’ve broken past that mental hurdle for now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write, but I also need to brace myself for more snow this week. It’s unending! We should be okay food-wise but I’m still going to go through the usual checklist in case we’re stuck inside past our usual grocery store run. Considering how productive I can be when I have little tasks around this house to take care of when I need to pause and think, tomorrow might be a very good day for writing.

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