Writing Progress July 26–August 1, 2021

daily writing progress

July 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 216,860
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: I had such good intentions for today. I was even hopeful after waking up with a migraine because it felt manageable. I did manage it for a while. Then it got later. Right in my favorite writing time the migraine got out of control. I couldn’t even get up for medicine or an ice pack. It was awful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Migraine recovery. I need to get past this migraine before I can try to do anything else. Hopefully I’ll write but I think I need to be past this migraine before any real writing will happen.

July 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 216,925
  • Today’s word count: 65
  • Thoughts: The headache part of the migraine passed so I was definitely recovering, but I was having a lot of trouble getting my thoughts in order. It happens more often than not for me after a migraine, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating when I just want to make up for lost writing time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll be out of the migraine woods and I’ll be able to get back to writing for real. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.

July 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,186
  • Today’s word count: 261
  • Thoughts: Getting started wasn’t easy but once I sat down and forced myself to write, I actually managed some decent words. It’s been a little while since just sitting down and focusing on nothing but writing until writing happens actually worked. I’m glad it did.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully now that I’ve gotten back into writing it will come easier tomorrow. Sometimes it works that way but more often than not I struggle no matter how much I wrote the day before.

July 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,216
  • Today’s word count: 30
  • Thoughts: I just couldn’t get the writing mojo going today. Nothing I tried worked. It’s very annoying.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: There will be errands. I don’t know how much energy I will have left after errands. I don’t know how much of that energy will have to go into decompressing from the errands. I’ll do my best to write something.

July 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,233
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: I didn’t have a lot of energy for writing. Getting rid of the stress from my morning errands took forever and I got up earlier than usual to take care of the errands so I was tired on top of it all. I tried. I wrote something. I’m considering that a win for now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will have a relaxing Saturday. I plan on taking a walk. Walks are usually great for my creative output. I haven’t been taking as many this summer because of the heat but this weekend is supposed to be comfortable. I’m looking forward to not cooking while outside for once.

July 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,234
  • Today’s word count: 1
  • Thoughts: I just barely started to write before I got distracted. Then I stayed distracted. My word count suffered. I’m not happy about the lack of writing but I don’t regret doing the things I did instead. I’ll just have to write more later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I should have plenty of time to write. I want to write. I don’t know if I will actually do it. I seem to be easily distracted lately.

August 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,247
  • Today’s word count: 13
  • Thoughts: This is what happens when I stay up late and then wake up early for no reason. Maybe I could have pushed harder to write first thing in the morning, but I was pretty groggy the first half of the day. Then I needed to go to bed early because operating on half the amount of sleep I usually need is exhausting. Late night writing wasn’t going to happen. Either my sleep routine or my writing routine needs to change.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe a good night’s sleep will get my writing back on track? I hope so. I haven’t had a migraine in almost a week so I feel like the rest of my life is getting back in order. Now it is time to get my writing back in order too.

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2 thoughts on “Writing Progress July 26–August 1, 2021

    • Thanks. Sometimes I struggle to keep it in perspective. This project is massive and I shouldn’t compare the amount of time it takes to writing a 70k novel, but I still find myself wondering why I couldn’t finish it up in a couple months.


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