Writing Progress October 4–10, 2021

October 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 227,644
  • Today’s word count: 520
  • Thoughts: I seem to be back on track and I am so incredibly, tantalizingly close to wrapping up this draft. I started the final section today! There isn’t much left to do at all. I was worried I would be nervous by now but I’m still feeling motivated and ready to reach the end.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I don’t know if tomorrow or Wednesday will be the last day of writing, but it is going to happen this week. I’m more than ready for a break, but I’ve also been enjoying writing so much lately. I might have to force myself to take a break before jumping into something else.

October 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 228,232
  • Today’s word count: 588
  • Thoughts: Today I had to force myself to stop and take a break. I could’ve kept going, but I could feel myself getting tired and I really, really don’t want to burn out right before the finish line.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to try to continue to pace myself. There is a very loud part of me that just wants to rush to the end but I know the quality of the writing would suffer and I would probably end up feeling terrible for a day or two after. Taking my time will make for less work later.

October 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 228,736
  • Today’s word count: 504
  • Thoughts: This was another good writing day. I was feeling a bit more chaotic today and I had to reign myself in to stay focused on this project. Part of me really wanted to start half a dozen new projects. I had to stop myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I might be able to finish off this draft of The Dreams tomorrow! I really, really want to wrap it up, but I’m not going to push myself to keep going if it looks like it will be a lot more than my daily writing goal to reach the end.

October 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 229,608
  • Today’s word count: 872
  • Thoughts: It’s done! The third draft is done! I pushed myself a bit harder than usual today to get to the end. I was so excited about reaching the end. I couldn’t sit still. Then I settled down and had to restrain myself from going back and picking at the story. There are so many things I want to fix. Some of them are pretty close to the end, but I will be doing rewrites eventually (hopefully pretty soon) and I can fix it then. I need some time away to make sure I’m fixing the right things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Relax. Play games. Read books. I’m taking a vacation. It’s been a while since I took a real, intended break. I’m going to enjoy it.

October 8–10

I’m on a writing vacation!

I’ve been playing a lot of Hades and there’s no guilt about not using my time at my computer to write.

I meant to do a ton of reading as soon as I finished this draft. That hasn’t happened yet. However, I have spent a lot of time on my library’s digital apps and my TBR list is growing. I’m not going to get it back under control even if I start reading a book a day until I get back to writing.

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