Writing Progress April 12–18, 2021

daily writing progress

April 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,115
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: I was so incredibly tired all day today, but somehow I managed to make a bit more progress. It’s probably because I was tired but couldn’t manage to go to sleep. I didn’t have a single, decent writing session. Instead, I picked away at the words over the course of many hours and the process went late into the night. It’s probably the worst way I could write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I really, really need a good night’s sleep. Maybe after that I will be able to focus on writing instead of hopping from one thought to the next and picking away at a handful of sentences.

April 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,130
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: I didn’t get the good night’s sleep I needed. It hurt my ability to do anything. My writing definitely suffered. I’d be kicking myself if this sleep deprivation was intentional. Since I’ve been trying to take care of myself and get enough sleep, I’m feeling frustrated and powerless. I don’t know what I can do to get back on track.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep! I’ll sleep half the day away if it means I’ll feel more like myself again. I want to write, of course. I just can’t expect much if I can’t get my sleep back on track.

April 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,181
  • Today’s word count: 51
  • Thoughts: I still haven’t gotten my sleep schedule straightened out. It’s still hurting my writing. I’m not quite tired all the time, but I’m getting tired sooner than I expect. It’s hard to plan my day when I don’t know how much energy I’ll have at my disposal.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I please sleep? I’ve cleared away obligations that would wake me up early. I can sleep in. I can go to bed earlier. Will it make a difference? I have no idea, but I know I need to get more sleep before I can be properly creative.

April 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,634
  • Today’s word count: 453
  • Thoughts: My sleep is still messed up. I’m starting to give up hope. However, I got my new keyboard for my laptop today and trying it out was the perfect motivation for mostly distraction free writing. It helped a lot.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’re back to Friday. I don’t know what will happen. Hopefully the new keyboard will be a decent motivation to write after errands are done. Maybe I’ll get a decent amount of sleep and actually have the energy to put in the work. I’d really like that.

April 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 209,018
  • Today’s word count: 384
  • Thoughts: Today was the best Friday of writing I’ve had in a long time. I’m thrilled with my productivity. I know part of it is the shiny new keyboard I got, but I have to believe comfortably typing while getting away from my desk helped too.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It would be great if I could keep the streak going. If I don’t, it will be my own fault. I should have time and now I can write in any cozy corner I want.

April 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 209,096
  • Today’s word count: 78
  • Thoughts: I had high hopes for today. Anxiety threw everything off track. The tiniest nothings can make me panic lately. I blame my poor sleep. I’m tired and overly sensitive and most of the time I need a snack or a nap. It’s not an ideal situation for writing a third draft. I need to create carefully and intentionally and being critical of myself when I’m already anxious just makes things worse.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I will get a good night’s sleep. Then I will feel better and I’ll get back to writing. Maybe I’ll even get caught up on my word count for CampNaNoWriMo.

April 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 209,164
  • Today’s word count: 68
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t get my groove back. It might have been from bad sleep or it might have been allergies, but I was stuck with a headache all afternoon. It translated to a bad time with writing. I’m just glad I wrote something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better. Sometimes I have a hard time getting started on Mondays. It might not mean much since I usually work on the weekends too, but knowing it is Monday just demotivates me.

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