Writing Progress October 3–9, 2022

October 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,752
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: Everything was awful today. It won’t stop raining. No matter where I go everything is cold and damp. As soon as I sat down to write I needed to bundle up in cozy blankets. That just made me sleepy. It wasn’t a productive writing time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It looks like the weather is going to be more of the same: gray, dreary, damp, cold. I’m hoping I can turn the day around. I don’t want another day like today. There’s plenty of story in my head. Either my mental or physical condition has been slowing me down each day, if not both. I’d like that to change.

October 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,781
  • Today’s word count: 29
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit more. That’s something. I’m not upset about it. I just wish I didn’t settle in and get comfy and cozy for writing and almost immediately get sleepy. It doesn’t matter if I had a good night’s sleep the night before or if I try to write earlier in the day. I’m sleepy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Perhaps I will attempt a more caffeinated approach to writing. For the most part I’ve cut by my caffeine intake a lot over the past few years. Part of it is because I don’t need all the sugar that comes with most caffeinated drinks and part of it is because I was avoiding anything that could trigger my anxiety during the stress of buying a house. We have the house now. Maybe I can afford to incorporate a few more coffee and tea breaks into my writing routine.

October 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,842
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit more. I was hoping for an even bigger jump in my word count, but I just seem to take forever every day to settle into writing. When I sit down with the intention to write for a solid hour, I’m spending more than half that time fiddling with things and just fighting myself to get focused. It’s annoying, but probably speaks to my overall mindset. I need to feel more settled and focused in general, not just with my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll continue attempting more of the same. I try to approach things from a slightly different angle every day. I’ll keep what seems to be working as long as it seems to be working, but I do want to change the things that aren’t helping me be a more productive person. Analyzing all of this day to day sometimes feels a little overwhelming. I wish I had something that generally worked most days so I could stop.

October 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,919
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: Things were looking good for me writing-wise. I spent the afternoon doing some light editing of chapters of Inbetween that are going up on Patreon this month. The plan was to write in the evening. Everything seemed to be going according to plan until a headache came and knocked me to the ground. I felt awful so I took some medicine and went to bed since no writing was going to happen while I felt like that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping I will have a good day after getting home from my morning errands. There should be time but I’m not sure if I will have the focus I need to see things through. Running errands in the morning throws off my routine and sometimes that’s all it takes to derail my whole day.

October 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,932
  • Today’s word count: 13
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t bad. It could have been better, of course. You can see from the word count that getting more writing done would have been ideal, but I had a fairly busy day. After running errands I had a bit of downtime. Then I ended up transplanting some flowers from our backyard to my best friend’s front yard. After that I was kind of beat and just spent some time relaxing at home.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will have more time for writing. I don’t know if it will work out, but I should have a solid chunk of time in the afternoon to put toward writing.

October 8

No writing progress

I could’ve written but I just didn’t. I socialized more than usual. It was nice. I really enjoyed spending time with my boyfriend. His work is finally not having constant overtime so we’ve actually had time and he’s had energy to do things together. It’s pretty great. I should get back to writing tomorrow.

October 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 7,946
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: It wasn’t much, but I did get back to writing. However, I’m not satisfied. I want to write more and I want to write without getting sleepy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write more. It won’t be hard. Two medium sized sentences will get me there. Can I do it?