Writing Progress August 15–21, 2022

August 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,152
  • Today’s word count: 21
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote! That’s something considering I haven’t touched any of my writing since Thursday. I had high hopes for today, but I ended up babysitting my nephew later than I expected. It was only about a half hour more, but just having to commit my full attention for that much longer when I thought I would be done by then really sapped me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: No babysitting! I’ll be hanging out on my own and trying to get as much writing done as possible. I don’t know how much is actually possible. It seems my writing muscles are still quite weak, but I will do my best.

August 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,158
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: I made some bad choices today. It wasn’t that I did anything bad. I just got swept up in doing things that weren’t writing and took up a lot of time. And yes, one of those things was watching my nephew. I’ll try to stand firm with my sister from now on because I have work to do even if I am home. Then I crashed hard and barely managed to write a sentence before calling it a night. I’m just glad I was stubborn and wrote something before going to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write earlier. I need to filter out distractions and conserve my energy for stuff that is actually important to me.

August 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,272
  • Today’s word count: 114
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I did manage to write earlier and then I ended up writing later than usual as well. For once I didn’t fall asleep “early”. I feel like the past few months destroyed my old sleep routine so it was a surprise to have the energy to not only stay up so late, but also write a bit during that time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I do the same thing twice? I’d like to keep working on getting back on track with writing a decent amount every day. Wouldn’t that be nice?

August 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,275
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: This just wasn’t a good day for writing. I was all over the place. I got a decent amount of stuff done, but writing was not the top priority. Alas, we are back to barely writing again. Hopefully I can get back on track over the weekend.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have errands to run in the morning. I’m hoping it won’t drain me of too much energy. There should be plenty of time during the day to get some writing done and maybe I’ll even be able to write in the evening too!

August 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,279
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I thought I wasn’t going to write at all for a while there. Then I got a very brief burst of determination and got a few words out. Then I was almost immediately distracted again. Some days just end up too busy to sit down and concentrate on my own thoughts, I guess.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be hot, but I should have a stretch of time during the day when I can theoretically write. I just don’t know if I will be comfortable and in the right mindset when the time presents itself.

August 20

No writing progress

It was a weird day. I should have had time to write but it was hot and I wasn’t particularly motivated. I’m just glad I got to spend time with my boyfriend and relax for a while.

August 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,283
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I was busy almost all day today. I helped can 16 quarts of red beets. We got it done even though it was almost as hot as yesterday. It wiped me out and I really thought I’d have another day with no words at all. Then I forced myself to just try to write something and managed a few words before my body decided it was time to get ready for sleep already.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Rest more and write more. That’s all I have planned. I don’t think there’s much else to do.