Writing Progress August 2–8, 2021

August 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,275
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling to find a time of day I am the right mix of creative and critical to work on a third draft. I used to get there late at night and I would just stay up and work then. Lately my migraines have shifted my sleep schedule much earlier. I’m not awake enough to write at my usual time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to write more. To do that I need to figure out a time that I’m actually awake and able to make a good effort. I don’t want to spend half the day banging my head against the wall because I’m too restless to do the work.

August 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,378
  • Today’s word count: 103
  • Thoughts: It feels like my writing is starting to pick up steam again. It felt good to write more than a sentence or two. I’ll have to write a lot more to really feel like I’m making some real progress but I’m trying not to discount any words I manage to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: There’s more writing to do. I just need the time and energy to get the words out. Finding the time tomorrow shouldn’t be too hard. The energy might be a little harder to track down. If I can get a good night’s sleep it will make a big difference.

August 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,520
  • Today’s word count: 142
  • Thoughts: I wrote more! I’m really proud of the words I managed to write today. My left thumb/wrist wasn’t cooperating though. I think I would have written more if I actually felt comfortable just typing for a longer period of time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can get my hand back to normal, I might have an even better day of writing! If it is still upset, I might try to avoid using that hand as much as possible. Since I’m left handed, this will be a bit of an inconvenience, but I am fortunately at least moderately ambidextrous so life will go on. I just might have trouble keeping up with my thoughts while typing if I decide to completely restrict use of my left hand for a day.

August 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,601
  • Today’s word count: 89
  • Thoughts: Writing wasn’t so hard today but I was slowed down by my thumb. I could have written more but I didn’t want to hurt my hand once my thumb started to hurt.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have errands to run in the morning. Hopefully I will have the mental and physical energy to write and my thumb will feel better and let me do all the writing I want.

August 6

No writing progress made. I did mess around with The Dreams a bit but I ended up with exactly the same number of words before and after. I’m only a little upset about it. I might not have any numbers to show it, but I know I worked on writing today. As long as I showed up to work, I’ll be okay.

August 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,710
  • Today’s word count: 109
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I also experimented with streaming my writing on Discord. The practical side of it went really well. My computer had no problem streaming. I even got my mic working while I was streaming Scrivener. I’m just a huge coward so I made everything awkward by panicking every time someone from the server popped into the stream.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I might try to stream to Discord while I write again. I’d like to desensitize myself to being seen and heard because I think writing streams are a lot of fun. I’m just not a very confident person.

August 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,791
  • Today’s word count: 81
  • Thoughts: I wrote. I feel like I should have written more. Then again, I feel that way every day. I wrapped up a scene I changed substantially from the previous draft and I’m mostly happy with the way it turned out. It still needs some fine tuning, but I know this it going through at least one more draft so I’ll try not to worry about getting it perfect right now. It might need more changes down the road depending on how changing the shape of the story in the next draft goes.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course! I’m really really close to the end of this draft now. I’m so excited! I just hope that I don’t get nervous and slow down. I get weird about endings. I feel like they need to be just right and nothing is ever going to be perfect. I just need to keep moving forward.

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