Writing Progress May 24–30, 2021

daily writing progress

May 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 212,031
  • Today’s word count: 41
  • Thoughts: I wrote but I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. Getting this version of this particular scene the way I want it to be is a tedious process. I spent way too much time getting those 41 words written. At least I can say I’m happy with them.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe giving myself time to mull over this scene in my sleep will help me push through the rest of it. I just need to untangle the mess of a draft I wrote last time and turn it into something I actually like. I’ll probably end up rewriting it again anyway. Maybe I should practice aiming for good enough instead of perfect.

May 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 212,166
  • Today’s word count: 135
  • Thoughts: I don’t think I was all that much more productive today than yesterday. I just put more time into trying to write today. I didn’t exactly have more time to give. I just didn’t go to bed. Oops?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep! Then hopefully I’ll write some more. I’m probably going to regret staying up late but that’s not a problem I can do anything about now. Maybe being tired will break down some of the filters in my brain and I’ll get more done than usual.

May 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 212,238
  • Today’s word count: 72
  • Thoughts: Maybe I would have written more if I wasn’t so tired. I slept in, but just being on a slightly different sleep schedule than normal is enough to convince my brain I’m exhausted. Even so, I managed to wrap up the scene that’s been giving me so much trouble. I guess I can’t complain too much.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully starting a new scene in this draft will also giving me a boost in productivity. Sometimes there are just sections that need a lot more time and care. Maybe this scene will be easy enough to clean up and call it done.

May 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 212,469
  • Today’s word count: 231
  • Thoughts: Tackling these slightly out of place scenes really seems to motivate me to write more. The scene isn’t perfect and I’m not sure if any of my effort actually helped integrate the scene into the rest of the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if it is fair to hope for a lot of writing on a Friday when I know how errands tend to derail my day, but I really want to keep writing. Hopefully I can manage to fit in a decent amount of writing.

May 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 212,480
  • Today’s word count: 11
  • Thoughts: It wasn’t a great day for writing. I had errands to run which tends to derail me. After I got home, I ended up taking a nap. Usually naps help but I woke up from this one with a migraine. It just wasn’t my day. I wrote a few words and decided it wasn’t worth fighting the brain fog for words when I could be trying to speed up my recovery instead.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll be able to beat this migraine and I’ll wake up feeling ready to get back to writing. I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere so I should have plenty of time to focus on writing.

May 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 212,484
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t focus today. I don’t know if it was just the after effects of the migraine or if the cold, dreary weather just sapped me of all energy. I just wanted to find a cozy place to read. So that’s what I did.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will be able to write something. It sounds like the weather will be more of the same so I don’t know if I will adjust or continue to want to do mostly nothing. I’ll try my best to be productive.

May 30

No writing progress made today.

I’m not too mad about it. I got to give my nephew his birthday present and watched a Studio Ghibli movie. It was a good day. Would I have liked to find the time and energy to fit some writing in? Of course! But it wasn’t a day of sitting at home feeling frustrated and lost while I failed to write. I experienced things while I wasn’t writing. That’s good for my future writing.


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