Writing Progress September 12–18, 2022

September 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 6,989
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: I wrote during the day. It wasn’t much, but it was something. I had to step away and deal with other stuff, but I felt really confident I would be able to write more. That didn’t end up happening. I’m pretty frustrated about that, but I’m glad I managed to write something instead of passing out in a heap earlier than expected and having accomplished nothing for the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It should be a peaceful day. Originally I was going to work on the yard today, but it has been raining/soaking wet outside the past few days and it looks like that trend will continue a bit longer. Hopefully I can get more writing done since I’m postponing a time consuming and exhausting chore for another day or two.

September 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,136
  • Today’s word count: 147
  • Thoughts: I ended up angry today and I had to spend a good chunk of my writing time getting that anger out. I did it in writing. By hand. With a fountain pen. It felt good. I still had some anger left over and I used that as fuel to stay up a bit later and get some writing done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I’m lucky I won’t end up angry again. If I do, hopefully I will be able to put it to productive use. I’d rather write happy whenever possible though.

September 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,279
  • Today’s word count: 143
  • Thoughts: I had a decently productive evening of writing again! Today was overall a pretty great day. I played a game for a couple hours. I worked on some blog stuff and did some chores. Even watching my nephew in the evening was fairly peaceful and even fun at times. Then I got some writing done. I’m proud of how much I wrote, of course, but I can also tell how weak my writing muscles are right now because this took effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’d love to have another day like today and yesterday. I’m getting a decent amount of writing done and at this rate I might actually have the strength and endurance to handle NaNoWriMo in November.

September 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,311
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: Ugh. I couldn’t keep the momentum going. At least I wrote something. I just didn’t have the energy to focus on anything once I had time to sit down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will be able to write after errands. There’s some talk about getting a group together to go to the last food truck Friday of the summer. Maybe I’ll be able to get some writing done between those two things.

September 16

No writing progress

I lost motivation really quickly and then I got distracted doing things with friends. It was a good day. It just wasn’t a good writing day. I’m trying to be more okay with this happening about once a week because I do deserve breaks to reset and come back refreshed.

September 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,332
  • Today’s word count: 21
  • Thoughts: Let’s talk about what it is like to sit and stare at a blinking cursor for an eternity. It’s frustrating and I think the longer I do it the harder it is for words to come out once I find them again. Writing today was painful. It felt like I was trying to wring drops of water out of a barely damp towel. Other than that struggle, it was a pretty good day. I got to spend time in nature and even saw a fairly friendly groundhog.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping for a more peaceful and productive writing session. I don’t know if I’ll get it, but that’s what I’m hoping for.

September 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,357
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: I ended up super busy today. It was a good kind of busy that got the house more in order, but it did take away from my writing time and drained my energy. I feel accomplished, but not from writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: My goal will be to write more. That shouldn’t be too difficult considering how little I wrote today, but I never underestimate my ability to become distracted or for an emergency to pop up and steal away all my time. The second one is completely out of my control, but I should be able to keep myself from getting distracted.