Writing Progress August 30–September 5, 2021

August 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,596
  • Today’s word count: 73
  • Thoughts: Today was so painfully average. I’m not at all surprised this sort of painful mediocrity happened on a Monday. I wanted to do more. I had time to do more. It didn’t happen. Everything was just fine and because of that there was no real joy in the act of writing today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe tomorrow will be a better day. It’s like I don’t want to write. I think I’m just getting too into my head about it all. I’m excited about finishing this draft and I don’t want to mess it up.

August 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,689
  • Today’s word count: 93
  • Thoughts: I might have made a mistake. I played a game for most of the afternoon. I was feeling anxious and needed a distraction. It did a good job but I didn’t write. I did manage to write a bit later but I was being overly critical and agonizing over word choice. If I hadn’t done that I could have written so much more. Maybe I could have written more if I’d given myself more writing time to get past it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to rain a lot. There are already flood warnings in place. We should be fine since we’re not too close to any creeks but I’ll probably still worry. Hopefully I can find time to write without distraction during the day too.

September 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,833
  • Today’s word count: 144
  • Thoughts: I’m surprised I wrote as much as I did. My anxiety was in an awful place today. It rained a lot. There was flooding. We had a tornado warning for part of the afternoon. I was worried and way too stressed out to be very productive. I’m surprised I wrote as much as I did.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The rain will be over tomorrow. I don’t know if I’ll have any cleanup to do. Hopefully I’ll have time and energy to write.

September 2

No writing progress made. I ended up taking a mental health day. I didn’t realize how exhausted I’d become from from being anxious yesterday. I hadn’t planned to take a day off but I really, really needed it. Hopefully one day of rest will be enough and I can get back to writing for the long weekend.

September 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,836
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Today was doomed by errands. The time I managed to focus on writing got used up rewriting a monstrously mangled sentence I wrote earlier this week. It was the first thing I saw when I opened the project and I couldn’t leave it. I fixed it and eventually I was happy with the new version. Then I ran out of time. I had other things to do. I guess I’ll just be glad I wrote something and caught a really bad sentence before anyone else had to see it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll get back to writing new sentences instead of just fixing bad ones I wrote earlier in the week. I feel motivated to push forward and finish this draft. Taking that motivation and getting it to work harmoniously with my mental health hasn’t been so easy.

September 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,866
  • Today’s word count: 30
  • Thoughts: If I’m trying to be positive, I can say I wrote ten times was much today. It’s still not much. I couldn’t get settled and focus on the words. This happens more often than I would like but I still don’t have a surefire way to fix it. Sometimes giving up works. Sometimes I just need a temporary distraction to get back on track. It didn’t work today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have my doubts about getting back on track tomorrow. I’m going to be busy. I’ll be distracted. It might end up being just what I needed or it could be another flop of a day.

September 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 220,885
  • Today’s word count: 19
  • Thoughts: It was a good, busy day. I didn’t get much writing done. There wasn’t much time for writing until it was almost bedtime. I just wanted to make sure I had a chance to write something today. I did manage to write a little bit but I was so tired so there was no hope for that bit of writing to snowball into more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping for a quieter, less exhausting day. That should give me a real chance to get some writing done. I think being busy has been good for my creativity at least. I feel like writing.

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