Writing Progress September 13–19, 2021

September 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 221,353
  • Today’s word count: 45
  • Thoughts: Today felt like a complete waste. I felt the threat of a migraine and tried my best to keep it from happening. So far a full blown migraine hasn’t arrived and I’m wondering if I wasted the day or if I saved myself from a couple days of worse pain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as I don’t end up with a migraine, I want to buckle down and get to work. This part of the story has been giving me trouble for too long. I need to push past it and move on. I’m close to the end of this draft and I’m eager for it to be finally over.

September 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 221,494
  • Today’s word count: 141
  • Thoughts: I was absolutely miserable as I tried to write today. I even went on Twitter to complain about it. Then somehow things clicked and I had a halfway decent time writing. Maybe I just needed to complain a little. It might just have been a matter of sticking with it until whatever mental blocks I had in place wore down. Whatever actually happened, I’m happy I was able to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can experience more of the same without the initial struggle. I don’t know how much control I have over that part, but I’ll try to approach writing with a more confident, positive mindset and see how that works for me.

September 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 221,824
  • Today’s word count: 330
  • Thoughts: I have no idea how I wrote this much today. Well, I do. I sat down to write and just kept writing. I guess the part I don’t understand is what was different about today that made it easier for me to keep writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. My boyfriend took a vacation day so he’s having a 3 day weekend. We don’t have any big plans. He just wanted some time off to relax and get caught up on stuff around our place. I’ll probably end up hanging out with him a lot over the next few days. Hopefully there will be time to write too.

September 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 221,828
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I had high hopes for today. The day itself didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped. I was way more distracted than I thought I would be and by the time I got past those distractions, I was out of time. I’m going to blame the absolutely awful night’s sleep I had on why I couldn’t muster the strength to resist the distractions and do what needed to be done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have errands to run, but it is supposed to be a relatively cool, rainy day. That should make for really good conditions to write once I’m home. I won’t get my hopes up though. Errands have a tendency to derail all my good intentions.

September 17

No writing progress made. I’m trying really hard to not be mad about it. I needed a break. I took a break.

September 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 221,834
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: I probably could have taken another day off but I am afraid of getting out of the habit of writing. I showed up. I wrote a few words. If I’d planned better and been more determined, I could have set aside more time and written more. I didn’t have the motivation to make that happen. At least I’m engaging with the story so I won’t forget where I am when I am ready to dive in again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s supposed to be a pleasant day. I’m not planning to go anywhere so I should have time to write.

September 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 221,970
  • Today’s word count: 136
  • Thoughts: I made a joke pretty early in the day about writing more than I’d written in the past 3 days already. Then I stalled out for a while. I thought my joke had killed my ability to write. Then I started writing again fairly late in the evening and it was fairly productive. It would have been better if I wasn’t already winding down for bedtime, but I’ll take what I can get.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: No jokes. I want to start writing a bit earlier in the day so I can write until I don’t want to write anymore instead of needing to stop to sleep.

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