Writing Progress July 12–18, 2021

daily writing progress

July 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 215,555
  • Today’s word count: 266
  • Thoughts: I was worried for a while that I wouldn’t be able to get much writing done. I spent a lot of time just staring at my blinking cursor. I knew what needed to happen next but the words weren’t coming out. Then I took a break and when I came back later I managed to write! I’m just glad I had time to walk away and come back.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Would it be too much to hope for more of the same? I’ve been struggling with writing for a quite a while now. It’s not from lack of enthusiasm. I’ve constructed a mental barrier between my ideas and the act of writing and it takes so much effort to overcome it. I’m not left with much energy for the actual writing. I want to permanently destroy that barrier and get back to freely and joyfully writing.

July 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 215,807
  • Today’s word count: 252
  • Thoughts: I’m feeling pretty good about the amount of progress I’m making every day. I still wish I could go as hard as I did in the past while writing a first draft, but I need to accept that this isn’t a first draft. I’m not just getting my thoughts out. I’m considering what’s already written and guiding it toward what I want the story to be. It slows me down, but it is important.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I just want to keep writing. I think I can do it. I’ve got momentum now.

July 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 216,317
  • Today’s word count: 510
  • Thoughts: Today was a better day for writing than any I’ve had in a long while. Part of me wants to credit the ridiculous amount of caffeine I had today, but I know that most of the time having more caffeine than usual just makes it harder for me to sit still. This was just the perfect combination of energy and focus.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’d love to have another day like this one. I’m feeling really motivated to keep writing. Maybe I can make it happen.

July 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 216,562
  • Today’s word count: 245
  • Thoughts: Was today as amazing as yesterday? Not at all. I struggled to get the words I did. I’m glad I wrote them though. It feels good to be making progress every day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have errands to run. It’s going to be hot. I don’t know how much time and energy I’m going to have left once I get around to writing.

July 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 216,569
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: This ended up being a really bad day. I got my errands done and then I was just done too. I was tired and had brain fog. All I wanted to do was sleep but my mind was too restless to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping I’ll feel better. It’s going to be another hot day so my ideal plan is to find a cool, comfy place and write until I can’t write more.

July 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 216,630
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: Now I know why I felt awful yesterday. I woke up with a migraine. I pretty much just wanted to sleep and stay cool. I struggled a bit with both. Eventually I did manage to write a bit, but getting to the point I felt like I could, took a long time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as I feel better, I should be able to write a lot more than I have the past two days. The weather is supposed to be cooler, possibly even a bit cooler than it should be for July. I’m going to do my best to enjoy it.

July 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 216,662
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: I continued to struggle today. I haven’t kicked the migraine symptoms yet which made it really hard to enjoy this really beautiful day. I wanted to go outside. I wanted to write. I barely did anything at all. Maybe I should just be glad it wasn’t uncomfortably hot on top of everything else I was dealing with.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to feel better. It’s taking forever and I’m impatient. I want to write. I just want things to be normal again.

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