Writing Progress August 9–15, 2021

August 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,855
  • Today’s word count: 64
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t all that productive today. My sprained thumb is still not back at 100% and I have to be pretty careful not to use it too much or I can’t use it at all for a while. I didn’t realize just how much I use my thumb to type until this happened. I thought it was just for space bar and it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. I can use my other thumb for that after all. But even just stretching my fingers to reach other keys can pull at the tendons in my thumb. I’m learning just how careful I need to be.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ve wondered if I should take a day or two off from writing to give my thumb a real chance to rest. I’d still need to use it to just go about my day though so I think I’ll just keep trying to write and stop whenever things start to feel bad.

August 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 217,954
  • Today’s word count: 99
  • Thoughts: Today was a really, strangely productive yet unproductive day. I can’t come up with a better way to describe it. I got things done. I did it in a terrible order. Everything that I got done today felt like it happened by accident.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It is going to be so incredibly hot until the weekend. Will I be able to keep cool and find a way to write or am I going to melt? I don’t know and I’m afraid to find out.

August 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 218,380
  • Today’s word count: 426
  • Thoughts: Today was a great writing day. I don’t know exactly what was different about today but I’m glad I was able to write. I always feel much better at the end of a good writing day. I wonder if it is because of the writing or writing is just a side effect of being in a good place mentally and physically.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I wonder if I can have another good writing day. If I can replicate today’s success, I might actually figure out what I currently need to make a day productive.

August 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 218,477
  • Today’s word count: 97
  • Thoughts: The desire to write was there, my thumb just wasn’t up to the task. It slowed down my entire left hand. That’s my dominant hand so it made doing most things more difficult again. I guess my sprain wasn’t as healed as I hoped it would be. I don’t think I overdid it in any way that might make things permanently worse but I probably added another day or two of rest to my recovery.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be another hot day so I’ll be hiding away in a cool corner and trying to write again. I’ll be doing my best to take it easy while writing! I just don’t know how to stop writing entirely.

August 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 218,648
  • Today’s word count: 171
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but I didn’t write nearly as much as I hoped to write. Thanks, thumb. It’s still not in the greatest shape. I really had to baby it this afternoon because I could feel some swelling in there. Ice helped a lot. I have to assume I upset it somehow while grocery shopping because it was feeling pretty okay when I got up this morning. I guess I still need to take it easy for a while.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to walk around a park! It should be fun and I’ve been needing to get out and move around since this week was so hot that I was afraid to spend more than a few minutes outside most days. I don’t know how much energy I will have for writing after I get home. I assume I will be out for a while since wandering around a park with my friends usually ends up being an all day event.

August 14

No writing progress made today. I spent the day at a park. It was great. I got to see the sunshine. I saw some trees and a creek. I even got rained on. I needed this.

August 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 218,733
  • Today’s word count: 85
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit in the morning and then didn’t really write at all after that. It wasn’t intentional. I just ended up needing to baby my left hand again and that made typing difficult. Maybe I should try writing more in the mornings before the rest of the day has a chance to mess up my hands.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’re supposed to have a (relatively) cool, rainy Monday here. Hopefully that will translate into some good writing conditions for me!

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