Writing Progress August 16–22, 2021

August 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 218,854
  • Today’s word count: 121
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t a bad day for writing. However, as soon as I started, my hand reminded me that it was still healing and didn’t appreciate all the extra work I was making for it. I had to write slowly and that just gave me time to second guess ever word. It made everything a little harder than it needed to be.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can get back to writing as quickly or as slowly as my mind needs. Not being able to work at the pace I want is really starting to bother me. I know sprains take a couple weeks to heal but every day I’m reminded in one way or another that it isn’t fully healed yet and it feels like an eternity since I could not consider my thumb before doing something.

August 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 218,966
  • Today’s word count: 112
  • Thoughts: By the time I found time to settle down and write I was already exhausted. I tried to write but my brain felt fuzzy and I gave up pretty quickly. Sleep is important!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll have a good night’s sleep and wake up ready to write. I’m not sure exactly how bad my sleep has been lately but considering how early I’ve been falling asleep, I should probably look into it. Better sleep would probably make me more productive.

August 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 219,190
  • Today’s word count: 224
  • Thoughts: My hand was feeling better today! I have a lot of more range of motion with my thumb now. It’s still not back to 100% but typing no longer seems to be a problem. I’m still trying to let my right hand handle most of the work, but I can feel things returning to normal and I think that is reflected in today’s word count.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully my thumb will continue to heal and I’ll be able to write more again! I’ve been getting closer and closer to the end of this draft and some days it has been really frustrating that my progress has been slowed when my mind is so engaged with the story.

August 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 219,290
  • Today’s word count: 100
  • Thoughts: Today was a good day. I got a bit distracted by Tetris but it was a good sort of distraction. I’m still having some trouble with my sleep schedule which means my former best writing time is now exactly when I’m getting incredibly tired. I don’t know if I should try to return to my old sleep schedule or try to make an earlier time better for writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I have errands to run like most Fridays. After that, I might have time to write. I might use that time or I could end up needing most of the day just to decompress from interacting with people.

August 20

No writing progress made. I just didn’t have the energy to write today. It was frustrating.

August 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 219,295
  • Today’s word count: 5
  • Thoughts: I really struggled to get anything done today. I took a walk this morning and I think that was my most productive part of the day. Everything went downhill from there. My head just felt empty. I didn’t know what to do. I tried to write and I didn’t get very far.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s time get back to writing. I’m way too close to the end of this draft for this kind of lollygagging.

August 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 219,389
  • Today’s word count: 94
  • Thoughts: Today ended up being better than yesterday but I’m still not satisfied with my word count. I think I want to write so badly that I’m tripping myself up. Too many words are trying to come out at once. I’m also getting caught up in thinking about changing I want to make when I go back over this draft. It’s important to write down those thoughts so I don’t lose them before I get a chance to use them, but jumping out of the scene to write a couple notes elsewhere messes up my flow. I guess that can’t be helped.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can get more writing done. I have some tea set aside to make boba tea so maybe I’ll be able to bribe/guilt myself into writing with that.

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