Writing Progress April 19–25, 2021

daily writing progress

April 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 209,505
  • Today’s word count: 341
  • Thoughts: I didn’t start writing until it was already dark. The pessimist in me was ready to call the day a failure. Then I found some creative groove and actually managed to write a decent number of words. I’m pretty happy with my progress overall, but I can’t help wondering if I could have written even more if I started sooner.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can manage to get a repeat of today, I’ll be happy. Maybe I can aim even higher. I don’t know what to expect. Days can turn into absolute chaos in the blink of an eye. Hopefully that won’t happen.

April 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 209,696
  • Today’s word count: 191
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but I didn’t write as much as yesterday. It’s unfair to myself to compare one day to the next, but I can’t help myself. I always want to do better even when it isn’t possible. It’s a ridiculous goal to have anyway because even if I wrote just one more word every day, it would get out of control in almost no time at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can get back on track. I’m trying not to be too disappointed because today’s writing was still better than a lot of days I’ve had over the past few months, but I want to at least be writing my daily minimum for CampNaNoWriMo even if it won’t be enough to get me a win at this point.

April 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 209,134
  • Today’s word count: 134
  • Thoughts: I’m still slacking off. I know I’m being too hard on myself by calling it “slacking off” but that’s how it feels when it’s late at night and I have no energy left to reach my main writing goal for the day. It’s not as though the only thing I had to do today was write. I have to do other things to live and doing those things isn’t slacking off.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The weather is supposed to be pretty awful and nothing like spring so hopefully I will just want to make lots of tea and focus on my writing. Snow/rain isn’t conductive to spring cleaning anyway.

April 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 210,214
  • Today’s word count: 384
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty good day of writing. I wanted it to be and it actually worked out. It snowed which gave me the motivation to stay at my desk, covered in blankets and staring at a screen. It was the perfect day to get some writing done and I actually used it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know how high I can set my expectations. The weather should be nicer and I have errands to run. Will I be distracted? Will I manage to get stuff done anyway? I can’t wait to find out.

April 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 210,218
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I try to lower my expectations on Fridays, but I didn’t lower them enough today. I couldn’t write. It was frustrating. I had time to write. I just couldn’t do it. Even when I sat down and pared away distractions until it was just me and my project nothing happened.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can get back into writing. I don’t want to believe I’m descending into another slump. I won’t despair if it was just a single off day. However, I’ll need to change up some big things if I can’t get back on track. There’s too much that needs written to need to dig myself out of another hole.

April 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 210,379
  • Today’s word count: 161
  • Thoughts: Today was better, but I still didn’t get the kind of word count I wanted or needed. I might have managed to write more if I hadn’t had other chores to take care of during the day. I’m not blaming chores for derailing everything, but it didn’t help.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have more chores to tackle so it won’t be a quiet Sunday dedicated solely to writing. Maybe I can work it to my advantage. Sometimes being busy makes me more productive.

April 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 210,459
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: I had stuff to do out of the house today. I hoped it would mix things up enough to make it easier to write once I was back home. It didn’t work out that way. I was exhausted. My sleep is still very messed up so I find myself getting exhausted and falling asleep when I have a chance to sit quietly. That makes sitting down to write really hard.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll be able to sleep enough. Then I’ll be able to write without dozing off. I’d like that, but I think I need to plan for another tough day.

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