Writing Progress August 23–29, 2021

August 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 219,910
  • Today’s word count: 521
  • Thoughts: Both my hands were functional and I found a decent chunk of time to sit down and focus on writing. Everything worked out perfectly for once and I got my writing down without wanting to tear my hair out. I just wish there was an easy formula I could follow to replicate this every day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I have another day like this one? I’d be really happy if I could find a way to make it happen. I’m on a quest for the secret formula now!

August 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,150
  • Today’s word count: 240
  • Thoughts: I think I spent too much time trying to make today exactly like yesterday so I could write a lot. I still wrote a decent amount, but not nearly as much as yesterday. I think I put myself in an impossible position. I just wasn’t going to be able to replicate yesterday.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling motivated and I want to use that motivation before it disappears.

August 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,248
  • Today’s word count: 98
  • Thoughts: My focus was all over the place today. I kept jumping back to parts I wrote recently and adding a couple words here and there. I was picking at things and I couldn’t stop myself. Some days are just like that, I guess.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can get back on track and keep moving forward instead of going back and trying to change things. I wish I could say I was improving what I’ve already written but I think the quality was staying about the same. If I had made significant improvements, I might feel a bit better about spending so much time on these little changes.

August 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,388
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: Things could have been worse considering I couldn’t stay up all night and write. I feel like my word count is sliding back down into pitiful numbers, but I can’t do much about it now that the day is over.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I know better than to hope for a ton of words on a Friday. My errands are there waiting to drain my energy and willpower. It is also going to be extremely hot again which always seems to sap my energy.

August 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,428
  • Today’s word count: 40
  • Thoughts: I knew exactly how today was going to go before it even started. I hope it didn’t turn out that way just because I expected it. Running errands in the morning wasn’t enough to spare me from the heat. It was awful. Then I had to deal with thunderstorms and a very worried cat in the afternoon. Things cooled off for a little while after that but it didn’t stick around for long and I felt kind of sick from the heat earlier in the day. There wasn’t much hope for writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s supposed to be a cooler day! I’m going to take a walk and enjoy the fresh air. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of energy to put toward writing after that.

August 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,461
  • Today’s word count: 33
  • Thoughts: My morning walk through the woods was the highlight of the day. We saw a juvenile heron! Things on the writing front weren’t as great. I wasn’t focused. I couldn’t get comfortable and the discomfort was a huge distraction. My thumb is so much better now but my back and neck are wrecked again. It’s hard to write when I can’t find a way to sit at my keyboard without losing focus.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to feel better. The temperature is supposed to be more reasonable for the second day in a row so I should be able to work at my desk without melting. As long as sleep helps fix my back I should be able to make it work.

August 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,523
  • Today’s word count: 62
  • Thoughts: As soon as I woke up I knew today wasn’t going to be a good day. I woke up earlier than I intended with a migraine. Actually, the migraine woke me up. I guess I know why I had a sore neck yesterday. Instead of being productive, I spent most of an otherwise very nice day trying to minimize my migraine symptoms so I could do something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping going to bed early and sleeping as much as possible will get rid of the migraine for me. It’s supposed to be another hot day so I’ll probably abandon my desk to work on my laptop somewhere cooler. As long as I write something I’ll be happy.

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