Writing Progress June 14–20, 2021

daily writing progress

June 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 213,447
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: I didn’t have the focus needed to get much of anything done today. I just sort of existed. My energy reserves turned out to be a lot lower than I’d hoped and as soon as I really tried to do some creative work I felt it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to try to sleep as much as possible. Maybe I’ll actually manage to sleep in since I can actually afford to do it tomorrow. Then I’ll have some more energy to put toward writing. I’ve been doing okay at finding time lately. Now I need to work on finding energy too.

June 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 213,479
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: I almost didn’t get any words written at all. Part of it was procrastination and part of it was a cripple self doubt that convinced me for a chunk of the day that I couldn’t write anything at all. Obviously, I am very capable of writing. I’d rather not contemplate the quality of it, but I can write. However, sneaky self doubts don’t care about facts and evidence.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Getting started earlier in the day sounds like a great idea. I don’t know if I can actually pull it off, but I like the sound of it. I feel like I’m probably forgetting some big, important thing I must do during the day every time I decide to make an effort to write earlier. I can’t wait to see what I’ve forgotten this time.

June 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 213,553
  • Today’s word count: 74
  • Thoughts: It took me forever to start writing today. I’m just glad I kept trying because I managed to write a bit once I got started. I feel like I”m stuck in a rut of not feeling capable of writing until I’m too tired to hold up the mental blocks anymore. If I could rally some extra energy once that happens, it might be a viable system, but as it stands, I can’t keep doing this.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write during the day. It’s never been my most creative or productive time, but it might be time to change that. I might not be able to do it all the time, but maybe I can do it for a little while so I can relax and sleep a bit more.

June 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 213,565
  • Today’s word count: 12
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t a great day of writing. I’m still having the same problem with writing earlier in the day and today I couldn’t afford to stay up half the night trying to work on getting words out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m keeping my expectations low. I have errands to run and it seems like I’m going to have a pretty full and busy day. There might be enough time I can steal away to use for writing or there might now. I won’t know until the opportunity presents itself.

June 18

No writing progress made.

I’m fine with this. I did end up having a very busy day. There were times I probably could have managed my time differently and squeezed in some writing, but I’m certain the quality would have suffered from the feeling of a time limit. I did get to see my sister and nephew today so I definitely won’t consider it a wasted day.

June 19

I didn’t write again. Today I really don’t know why I couldn’t bring myself to write. I sat for a while and stared at the blinking cursor and my anxiety skyrocketed. I stepped away. Even if I could manage to write, I was certain it would be tainted by my anxiety.

June 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 213,606
  • Today’s word count: 41
  • Thoughts: I wrote again. It wasn’t much. By the time I could sit down and focus on writing I was already pretty tired. I picked strawberries again this morning. Then I spent the afternoon cleaning those strawberries and freezing them. I didn’t have time to sit down and write until after dark and I was ready to fall asleep. Some days are just like that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll probably be grabbing my laptop and hiding somewhere cool since we’re in the middle of a heatwave. It probably helped drain my energy today so I really want to conserve as much energy as possible tomorrow so I can put it toward writing instead of sweating it out and suffering.

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2 thoughts on “Writing Progress June 14–20, 2021

  1. Creating a fantasy novel is as tough as it gets doesnt it. Keep grinding🙂let’s see cool inner conflicts, world building, and the most cliche ‘show dont tell’😜good luck

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