Writing Progress February 17 – 23, 2020

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February 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,815
  • Today’s word count: 70
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t in the greatest place mentally today. I wasn’t upset, but I was extremely distracted. My mind bounced from one thing to the next and the only things that really got accomplished didn’t need my full attention. “Background” tasks won the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping a good night’s sleep will reset my mind and allow me to focus on writing more easily. The hardest part will be ensuring I get a good night’s sleep to start things off.

February 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,933
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: My energy levels were so low today. Most of the energy I did manage to muster went into non-writing things. I made food. I took care of my pets. None of these are bad things, but I still feel frustrated when I just can’t muster any additional energy for my work. Hopefully I won’t have too many of these days this year.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After a good night’s sleep I’m counting on having renewed energy for writing. I shouldn’t have so many responsibilities dragging me away from my writing. There are leftovers to eat. The cats will still need my attention, but that’s a constant. Let’s see what happens!

February 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,108
  • Today’s word count: 175
  • Thoughts: It seems like I’m on a gradual upward climb with my productivity. I don’t know how long I can keep it up, but I’m going to try to maintain this forward momentum. It’s actually exciting to reflect over the past few days and see my word count for each day go up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can keep this pattern going, I’ll be thrilled. Even clearing 100 words will make me at least a little happy. I’ve been having such a rough time for a while now and I think keeping my expectations reasonable will keep me from getting too discouraged.

February 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,319
  • Today’s word count: 211
  • Thoughts: I have no idea how I managed to write at all. I woke up with a migraine today. It messed up my day, but I wrote anyway?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Friday with a potential for more migraine? I’m not looking forward to seeing my lack of progress. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised?

February 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,.341
  • Today’s word count: 22
  • Thoughts: The migraine continued. I was exhausted. I was in pain. I really tried to write, but it just didn’t work out. I just needed to relax and give myself time to recharge and recover.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if I’ll manage to write anything. If I still don’t feel well, writing isn’t likely to happen. On top of that, I have things I’m supposed to do outside of the house. If I do those things, the likelihood of writing goes down again.

February 22

No writing progress made. I didn’t sleep well and then I was out of the house for hours. Once I was home, I didn’t have the energy to be creative or the focus to work on something like revisions.

February 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,418
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: I recharged a little bit. I wrote a little bit. It wasn’t so bad, but I’m still a little disappointed for not writing more. I don’t know what the cutoff is for feeling guilty about my word count, but I definitely need to get somewhere in the triple digits to get out of the guilt.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m staying home tomorrow. I’ve been out of the house and socializing too many days in a row. There’s writing and revising that needs my attention.

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Writing Progress February 10 -16, 2020

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February 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 149,804
  • Today’s word count: 151
  • Thoughts: I had one decent burst of creativity today. The rest of my writing time was spent picking apart sentences I’d already written and swapping out a word or two with new words that actually work better. It felt unproductive while I was doing it, but I’m hoping it will pay off down the road.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Maybe I’ll spend the day picking at sentences I’ve already written, or maybe I’ll write a bunch of new words. I’m ready either way.

February 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,013
  • Today’s word count: 210
  • Thoughts: I did it! This draft is officially 150,000 words now. I’m pretty sure this draft isn’t going to be any shorter than the last one. I’m doomed! At least I’m working toward eventually splitting this story into a trilogy so it won’t be too much of a doorstop. Oh! Another scene also went up on Patreon so if you’re interested in checking out draft 3, head over there!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Of course I want to write more! I’m feeling pretty good about my writing at the moment. Getting a scene up on Patreon helped. I need to do that more often. It’s a huge mood boost to get it done and my patrons deserve some consistency in my updates instead of my usual feast or famine posting style.

February 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,153
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: I had so much energy today and somehow I couldn’t turn that energy toward writing. It took forever to reign in my thoughts and get to work. I ended up staying up pretty late to get anything accomplished.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can make some calm energy happen, I might actually manage to make a decent amount of progress. If not, I don’t know what I’ll do.

February 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,215
  • Today’s word count: 62
  • Thoughts: Today didn’t go as planned. I gave myself time to write. I just couldn’t focus on the words. My thoughts were all over the place. I’ve been worrying more and more about some family drama lately and I can really feel it starting to impact my ability to work on my projects. It saps my mental energy and my passion for my work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can find a way to reset my creative energy. I think I might need to take some time to recharge. It won’t be easy. Downtime just makes it that much easier to worry about the problems that aren’t in my power to solve. Somehow I need to find a way to relax while also being too distracted to worry.

February 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,295
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: I’m not sure what I expected from a Friday that also happened to be a holiday. I wrote some words! I’ll take that as a win.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, if I can help it. I’m going out with friends to play Pokemon Go/help entertain sons and nephews. Then later I’m going out to celebrate my best friend’s birthday with Thai food! Will I find time to write at all? I’ll try!

February 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,718
  • Today’s word count: 423
  • Thoughts: I dragged my laptop along for Pokemon Go. My phone has a terrible time with figuring out my GPS location in large parks so when my group went to a park to do some raids, I stayed in the car and wrote for a bit. It worked better than I would have expected, but I wouldn’t want to do it if the weather was even a bit warmer. I don’t mind a nice walk, even if my game isn’t working as intended.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Stay warm. Write!

February 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 150,745
  • Today’s word count: 27
  • Thoughts: Nothing went right today. No one distracted me. I was home all day. I was just in agony most of the day. My neck decided to become an angry wreck. I wanted to write, but I was just miserable and giving myself time to think just made me think about my neck instead.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Stay home and away from distractions. Write as many words as possible.

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Writing Progress February 3 – 9, 2020

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February 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 148,835
  • Today’s word count: 311
  • Thoughts: I did it! I wrote a relatively decent number of words today. It felt pretty great. Maybe I should do this more often? I wish I would!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see if I can do it again. I should have time. The hard part will be getting myself to focus at the right times because there are always certain parts of even the most free days which can’t be used for writing.

February 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 148,906
  • Today’s word count: 72
  • Thoughts: I was ready to have another great writing day. Then some house hunting stuff happened and derailed all my writing thoughts. It’s bad news for my writing, but it’s great news for general life stuff. A house I love is back up on the market!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I can’t stay distracted forever. The story demands attention.

February 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 149,064
  • Today’s word count: 158
  • Thoughts: I’m getting my creative energy back from the house hunting derailment. I still feel like a portion of my creative energy has become chaotic energy that is somehow growing every time I look at houses for sale in my area. It’s awful but also kind of wonderful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Less house hunting. It probably won’t happen, but that’s what I’m going to try to do.

February 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 149,135
  • Today’s word count: 71
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t handle today. My heart wasn’t in it. My mind was all over the place pretty much all day. I just couldn’t focus. I need to figure out a better way to get back to a relatively neutral place so I can work toward getting back to writing. It’s time to build up my self-motivating arsenal again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have no idea what I’m going to accomplish tomorrow. Fridays are always strange. Tomorrow is going to be even stranger than usual. It could work in my favor, but I’m not counting on it.

February 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 149,500
  • Today’s word count: 365
  • Thoughts: I have no idea what happened. Fridays are usually so unproductive. I didn’t even feel all that great. Somehow, that translated into writing a decent amount of words? I have no idea how that happened, but I’m afraid to either investigate or complain about it. I’ll take it!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to hide away for as much of the day as possible and just write for a while. The momentum from yesterday cannot be wasted!

February 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 149,517
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: Nothing went as I planned today. I couldn’t win. It’s okay though. I’m still so proud of my progress on Friday. Having an off day after that isn’t going to change anything.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back on track! I have complete confidence in my ability to concentrate on writing and having another amazing day. If I put my mind to it, (almost) nothing can stop me.

February 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 149,653
  • Today’s word count: 136
  • Thoughts: My focus disappeared for a long time today. I found it again after my usual bedtime. I stayed up and wrote a bit. I’ll probably regret it later, but right now I’m just happy to have some words. This is becoming a pattern. I recognize it, but I’m doing nothing to stop it. Maybe some day I’ll try to be more responsible.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m trying to get back to writing during the day so I can sleep at night. Having more time and energy to write should mean more words too. It usually doesn’t, but it should.

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Writing Progress January 27 – February 2, 2020

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January 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,822
  • Today’s word count: 111
  • Thoughts: Better! Staying home all day helped. I just didn’t have enough focus to really make the most of the day, but even with an extremely short attention span, I managed to write more than I did over the weekend. That was my minimum goal. Doing more would have been better, but getting over 100 words is pretty good when I was barely able to focus for a sentence.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More peace and quiet. More writing. I’ve got this!

January 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,946
  • Today’s word count: 124
  • Thoughts: I struggled, but I stubbornly clung to the idea of writing more than I did yesterday. It took longer than it should have, especially because I kept going back and altering things I’d already written, but I finally managed to do it. Once I’d succeeded, my brain shut off almost immediately.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s repeat today’s goal. I want to write more than I did today. Even one more word will be a victory. Can I do it? It should be relatively easy!

January 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 148,163
  • Today’s word count: 217
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m making progress again! This is exciting. I didn’t get my writing mojo going until pretty late at night. This isn’t unusual, but it still frustrates me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I should have a quiet day at home. If I concentrate, I should be able to get started earlier and get more done. Let’s see how it goes!

January 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 148,279
  • Today’s word count: 117
  • Thoughts: I got hit by another migraine. It seems like this month is a bad one migraine-wise. A bit of writing happened, but it wasn’t a lot and the bit I managed was such a struggle.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. Fridays are always tricky. I’m going to try, but I’ll be keeping my expectations low. We’ll see what happens. I might be surprised.

January 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 148,419
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: The migraine continued. On top of that, it’s Friday. I was sure I wouldn’t get anything written today. There were too many obstacles. I surprised myself. It was the best kind of surprise. I made some progress in my story!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get rid of the migraine (if possible, I can’t really control that) and write more words!

February 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 148,511
  • Today’s word count: 92
  • Thoughts: I can’t believe I managed to write. I’m so pleased. Today was really hectic. It’s great that I found the time to sit down for a bit and write. Oh! I also revised two scenes for Patreon, posted one, and scheduled another one next week. I think it was a pretty productive day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can pull a similarly productive day off tomorrow. I’ll be a bit busy again. I won’t know how it has worked out until it has happened.

February 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 148,524
  • Today’s word count: 13
  • Thoughts: Wow. Today was definitely not a repeat of yesterday. That’s a shame. I was prepared for it. I knew the day was going to be a busy one. I just didn’t have a strategy to force a period of productivity once I was home again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. No outings. I can do it.

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What I Read in January

A new year has started!

I feel like a lot of my reading habits from 2019 have carried over to 2020. Some of that is good. I’m taking advantage of my local libraries digital offerings. Some of it isn’t so good. I’m not doing much to build up good reading habits. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to change that!

Books I finished reading in January:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in January?

Do you have any books you think I should read? I like to have at least two books in rotation at a time so I have an opening right now!

Writing Progress January 20 – 26, 2020

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January 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,174
  • Today’s word count: 130
  • Thoughts: Today was interesting. I went into the day feeling very motivated, if a little tired from the weekend. I just ended up feeling frazzled and easily exhausted. It was a strange day. My biggest distraction was my own mind.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Less distractions and more writing. Can I make it happen? Only time will tell. Let’s find out together!

January 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,294
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: I thought today would be a different. It wasn’t. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong productivity-wise. Do I need more time? Do I need to write somewhere with fewer distractions? There are probably a lot of factors holding me back.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Maybe I’ll try to write somewhere other than my desk. Maybe I’ll rearrange my day so I can get an extra uninterrupted hour of writing done. We’ll see what happens.

January 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,458
  • Today’s word count: 164
  • Thoughts: Progress! It’s getting easier to write. I wasn’t having a good time for a few days there, but I can feel things getting back on track in my head again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should have time to get plenty of writing done tomorrow. I just need to keep my focus on writing and I know how hard that can be to do. We’ll see what happens.

January 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,535
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: Ugh. This was a hard day. I don’t know exactly what went wrong. My mind didn’t want to focus on anything. Overall, it made for a pretty miserable day. I want one thing, and then my mind and body take me off track and I can’t find my way back without sleeping to reset.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. Those are always hard. I can’t depend on Fridays to be any one thing. I’ll try to write something.

January 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,657
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: Wow! I expected Friday to be worse than Thursday. This time I was pleasantly surprised. My progress wasn’t astronomical, but it’s pretty great for a day that usually turns my routine upside down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I think I’m going to have a hectic Saturday. I want to keep my expectations low. However, I just want to write. So that’s my goal. I want to write something.

January 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,671
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: I’m not sure where the day got away from me, but it really, really did. I stayed up late and the rainy weather made it really, really easy to sleep in way later than usual. Then I ended up going out of the house for hours. It was an extremely unusual day for me. Writing just didn’t fit into the equation.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will have enough quiet time at home to really get a decent amount of writing done. I can feel the need to sit quietly at home and write building up in me. I just want it to culminate in a series of really productive days that can reset my routine and allow me to raise my expectations.

January 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,711
  • Today’s word count: 40
  • Thoughts: Maybe I could have written more if I’d planned my day better. That didn’t happen so I worked with the time I had. It wasn’t the most productive day ever, but I’m glad I managed to write something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Write words. I feel like going out and socializing has really messed up my routine. It’s time to get it back!

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Writing Progress January 13 – 19, 2020

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January 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,866
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Another day with similar results. I think I’m starting to get impatient with my progress. I need to pick up the pace and push my limits. Obviously, this amount of writing is very comfortable for me. I want more!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see what happens if I push my limits. I’m pretty excited at the prospect of getting more words done every day. I want to make progress and get this story written. Things have to start moving faster since I’m already thinking about things I would improve in the next draft.

January 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,155
  • Today’s word count: 289
  • Thoughts: Improvement! Do you see it? I see it! It’s not a lot, but it’s something and at this point I’ll take just about anything that shows I’m not entirely stuck in a rut of barely being able to produce words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same or even better. I’m not going to push myself to daily improvement just yet. After the last month or so (and honestly more if we ignore NaNoWrimo) I have a long history of bad writing days to overcome. It won’t be easy, but I think I can make it easier by not expecting my improvement to come in leaps and bounds.

January 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,618
  • Today’s word count: 463
  • Thoughts: Wow! I improved again today! I’m so excited to be making all this progress with this project. I want to get somewhere with my writing this year and more days like this will make that happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I reach 500 words in a single day? I might manage it. There’s a lot of motivation in the air these days. I have to give it a try.

January 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,785
  • Today’s word count: 167
  • Thoughts: My plans were derailed. As soon as I heard Christopher Tolkien died, I lost all motivation. I tried to write and it didn’t go all that well, obviously.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. I’ll just be happy if I manage to write. A more lofty goal would be to get back on track with the trend I started earlier this week.

January 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,818
  • Today’s word count: 33
  • Thoughts: Another Friday went exactly as expected. I got busy. I got distracted. I barely wrote. It’s something, but is it enough? It’s what I have so I think it’ll have to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s supposed to be a snowy day so I’ll be staying inside and hiding from the nasty weather. Let’s hope writing will come easily to me after a couple off days.

January 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,932
  • Today’s word count: 114
  • Thoughts: Writing wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Honestly, the weather was a major distraction. It’s hard to tear my eyes away from the sight of people struggling to get their cars down the street. My cats love watching it and their intense focus on the events happen outside the window always makes me want to see what is going on too.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I’m going to be participating in Community Day for Pokemon Go so I’ll be out of the house for a large chunk of the day. In theory, I should be able to write after I get home, but I know things rarely work out like I plan.

January 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,044
  • Today’s word count: 112
  • Thoughts: Everything went about how I predicted. Community Day was fun. I ended up doing a few more things while I was out of the house as well so I was away from my keyboard for a little bit longer than a few hours. I also managed to mess up my back somehow so I was pretty miserable once I did come home. It’s a miracle I managed to write at all instead of going straight to bed to mope.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m hoping my back will be better tomorrow so I can sit at my desk and get some work done without too much suffering. Only my characters should suffer, after all.

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Writing Progress January 6 – 12, 2020

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January 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,147
  • Today’s word count: 12
  • Thoughts: I was having a really off day. My migraine was still lingering. It took a lot of my energy and ability to focus. I beat myself up over it, but I’m probably too hard on myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m confident I’ll feel better soon. As soon as that happens, I’ll get to work on writing. It’ll be great. My lack of writing isn’t from lack of enthusiasm, it’s just bad luck with my health. I just want to keep bad habits from forming while I’m working on feeling normal again.

January 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,290
  • Today’s word count: 143
  • Thoughts: I’m getting better. Today I felt mostly normal. That was such a relief. It’s hard getting back into a routine after having a stretch of miserable days. I’m working on it, but it will take a bit more time and effort. Days like this make me wish I could just flip a switch and have everything be “normal” again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should feel even better so there’s no reason I can’t keep building my writing stamina back up. It shouldn’t be hard. The hard part will be keeping bad habits from creeping in and derailing me.

January 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,360
  • Today’s word count: 70
  • Thoughts: I had a bad day. It’s that simple. It just wasn’t a good mental health day. There wasn’t one big problem I could tackle. It was a bunch of little things distracting me and keeping me from getting enough of a handle on my thoughts to be productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully a good night’s sleep will reset my mind and I can have a more productive day tomorrow. Everything depends on getting the right amount and quality of sleep though. Sleep and I don’t always get along. Let’s hope it’ll play nice for once.

January 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,493
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Today was going great and then my mind got off track. My anxiety got way out of control and I just couldn’t write anymore. Eventually I just had to go to bed to stop myself from sending my stress levels through the roof.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write something. I don’t care how much I write. I just need to write something to break the Friday curse. I’m going to run errands, but I’ll have time after I get home.

January 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,619
  • Today’s word count: 126
  • Thoughts: Hey! This wasn’t a bad Friday after all. I was worried there for a while, but I managed to take a few minutes to sit down and write. I didn’t get much else related to my writing accomplished today, but I did at least get a few words down. That’s a win in my book.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope I can make some time for writing. I really don’t know what my Saturday will have in store for me. I want to have fun and spend time with people I care about, but I also want time to continue to write.

January 11

No progress made. I had so much fun today, but time got away from me.

I feel a little bad for not feeling more guilty. It was nice to spend a day just goofing off. I think I’ll stick to only feeling bad for not writing on days I didn’t enjoy.

January 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,734
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: Getting started today was an absolute nightmare. Maybe it was because I didn’t write yesterday. More likely I was just distracted and wanted to goof off and the responsible part of my mind wasn’t as in control as I might want.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m actually feeling pretty good about this upcoming week. The holidays are well in the past us now and my list of distractions is dwindling. I hope I can make use of it.

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New Year, New Plan

If you’ve been following along with my progress reports, you know I’ve been struggling to write since the end of NaNoWriMo. I was also struggling before November.

Now that a new year has started, I’ve been reflecting on my goals. Last year my goal was to finish Inbetween. Now I’m thinking that goal is not attainable right now.

It’s a new year. Time to shake things up.

I’m putting Inbetween on hiatus. I have no idea when I’ll get back to it, but I’d rather put time and energy into a story I know I can actually write.

I probably should have done this months ago, but I was afraid to give up. I was afraid of disappointing you. When I say I’m going to finish something, I want to follow through.

Now I see I was just making myself miserable and having less to show for it than I might have otherwise.

Moving on to stories I have enthusiasm to write should make 2020 so much better than 2019. I’m excited to show you what I’m working on next!

Writing Progress December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

daily writing progress

December 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,399
  • Today’s word count: 152
  • Thoughts: I’m making progress! It’s still not a ton of words, but I can feel my focus coming back. Maybe I just needed to get past the chaos of Christmas to lure my writing mojo back. I know I struggled right after NaNoWriMo ended as well. It’s just been a hard month of trying to keep my mental health on an even keel.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can find some time to write. I need to get ready for a small get together at my place in the evening, but there should be a few hours of downtime I can use for writing.

December 31 and January 1

No writing progress made. I’m trying to be forgiving. It was a holiday and I was hosting a party. First I didn’t have time and then I didn’t have energy. I’ll make up for it the rest of the year, right?

January 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,512
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: I struggled to get back into writing today. I told myself I would write and then it just kept not happening. Eventually I found the words that had eluded me all day and I managed to write a bit before I needed to go to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be Friday and Fridays are always weird, but tomorrow is going to be an unusual Friday. I’m not sure if that will allow me to be more productive or if the distractions are just less obvious to me than usual.

January 3

No writing progress made. I didn’t feel terribly well and the curse of Friday hit pretty hard even though it wasn’t a typical Friday.

January 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,680
  • Today’s word count: 168
  • Thoughts: I still wasn’t feeling well today. I still had to go out and do some errands to keep the house running. Even so, I somehow managed to force myself to write. It was painful and not all that much fun. I need to assess what I want to accomplish with my writing this year because I’m not enjoying myself these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Figure out what I’m doing with my writing this year and get serious about it!

January 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,135
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: I did it! I switched projects. I debated it all day. Putting Inbetween on the back burner made me feel really guilty. I worry too much about disappointing someone by switching between projects. It makes me stick with things beyond what’s reasonable and I end up suffering.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling pretty good about the direction I’m taking now. It’s a new year so I’ve gotta try to do things differently. Let’s just hope it’s a better way.

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