Writing Progress March 29–April 4, 2021

March 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,888
  • Today’s word count: 1
  • Thoughts: Monday hit me hard this week. The fact that it was Monday wasn’t even the biggest problem. My head was killing me all day. The extent of my writing effort today was to pick at the last sentence I wrote and then give up out of frustration because my brain was working so slowly that I was almost certainly only making things worse. I’m going to bed earlier than usual tonight in hopes of sleeping this headache away.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to get back to normal. A normal headache that lasts an hour or two isn’t so bad, but when it lasts all day and ruins my ability to think I’m miserable. Hopefully sleep will help and I’ll be able to get back to a reasonable amount of productivity. I can’t have my writing muscles atrophy just before CampNaNoWriMo starts.

March 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,029
  • Today’s word count: 141
  • Thoughts: Today was better than yesterday. It’s not hard to improve on making one word of progress, but I’m still proud of getting back to work. I’m not where I need to be for CampNaNoWriMo, but it’s also not CampNaNoWriMo yet.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be the last day before Camp starts. I just want to write something before the insanity begins at midnight. I won’t be pushing myself too hard though because I do want to have some creative energy to put toward writing after midnight but before I go to sleep.

March 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,069
  • Today’s word count: 40
  • Thoughts: The plan was to write up until midnight to build up momentum for the start of CampNaNoWriMo. It didn’t really work out. I couldn’t focus. I tried to keep myself calm so I could sit down and write. The longer I tried the more frustrated I became. I ended up going to bed not long after midnight because nothing I tried was working.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will be in a better mindset after I sleep. The words are in there. I just need to find a way to get them out of my head and into Scrivener.

April 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,140
  • Today’s word count: 71
  • Thoughts: Usually I have a rough start to NaNo events. I’m too excited and that leads me to being distracted and restless. Sometimes I get past it better than others. This wasn’t one of those times.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I just want to write more. It might be a big ask since it will be Friday. Even during CampNaNoWriMo I still have errands on Friday. It’s not fun, but it’s what I have to do.

April 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,148
  • Today’s word count: 8
  • Thoughts: Ugh. This was such a typical Friday and I really, really didn’t need a typical Friday today. I needed to have an exceptionally good writing day. CampNaNoWriMo is off to a really rough start this month. I have plenty of time to get caught up, but I need to get out of this funk before that can happen. I don’t know how that’s going to happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should have a good chunk of time to dedicate to writing during the day. Will I actually use that time for writing? I should, but I don’t know if that’s the way life will work out. Things usually aren’t that simple. I guess all I can do is show up to do the writing and try.

April 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,171
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: I wrote. It wasn’t much. I could’ve done more if I didn’t allow myself to get distracted. I’m really bad at minimizing distractions these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Will Easter be any better distraction-wise than the past few days? I don’t know. Maybe. I will keep trying to write. Eventually it will get better.

April 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,179
  • Today’s word count: 8
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write much, but I got to see my now fully vaccinated grandma this afternoon! I wish I’d written more but I have no regrets about today. It was a good day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully tomorrow will be the day I can get back to writing. I don’t think I’m going to get fully caught up for Camp in one day, but if things go well, I might make a significant dent in the amount of words I need to write to catch up.

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