Writing Progress February 13–19, 2023

February 13

No writing progress

Felt awful today. It was mostly this latest cold/allergy bout. It’s made it really easy to irritate my throat and start a coughing fit. I mostly just tried to avoid anything that might make me cough and tried to rest after I failed. Maybe I could have written something if I tried, but I feel like I’m better off rationing my creative energy for days I know I can actually make use of it right now.

February 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 29,120
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t going to write today. I felt miserable and just wanted to rest my mind and body as much a possible. Of course, at some point I just got the itch to write and managed to get a few works before I was just done for again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping I feel better so I can get back to writing, but I know I’m not going to go from feeling like this to being 100% again overnight. It will be a process.

February 15

No writing progress

Felt bad. Needed to rest. I think I managed a decent amount of rest. I’m not sure how much longer it will be until I consistently feel better and able to write every day again. I feel like my writing goals for this year have already been destroyed by all this sickness. There’s still plenty of 2023 left, and I can always adjust my goals. I just feel like I have to keep kicking things down the road and end up disappointing myself and others.

February 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 29,146
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: I didn’t think I’d write today. Then I had a bit of a burst of energy and wrote a little bit before I was once again too wiped out to do anything. I’m trying to be grateful for what I accomplished, not frustrated with how much I wish I could have done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will continue to recover and feel like I’m more capable of writing. I don’t think we’ll be running errands on Friday this week so I should be able to relax at home. That should give me more time and energy to write.

February 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 29,178
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: I managed to write a bit. It didn’t seem like it was going to happen at first. Then I had a bit of focus and wrote a bit. As usual, it didn’t last long. I think I need to feel a bit more healthy before I’ll have more endurance in my writing and other creative pursuits.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Errands must be run. Chores must be done. Hopefully I will find both time and energy to write at some point as well.

February 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 29,194
  • Today’s word count: 16
  • Thoughts: I’m starting to get back to something resembling consistency. Now I need to work on building up my endurance again. This is something I’ve been struggling with for long before I started this winter sick cycle. It’s going to take a while for me to consistently write a lot of words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write again! I think I can do it. Now that I’ve written a couple days in a row, I really want to keep the streak going. Getting sick again would mess things up pretty badly, but I’m hoping to avoid that.

February 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 29,252
  • Today’s word count: 58
  • Thoughts: I’m keeping the writing streak going! This cold is finally releasing its grip on me. I’m far enough out of it that I’m actually feeling reasonably well rested after a night’s sleep. That’s been giving me a lot more energy to get stuff done during the day. I’m not quite at the point of being able to dedicate a block of several hours each day to writing. I don’t have the endurance for it, and my house and yard need a lot of attention after doing the bare minimum for most of the past month. It shouldn’t be too long until I’m able to get back to writing the way I want and I can’t wait.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling pretty confident I will be able to write each day now. It’s great to be back to that place. Not feeling capable of even showing up to try to write lately has been really upsetting. Hopefully things will continue to look better from here.
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