Writing Progress September 7–13, 2020

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September 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,159
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: Today was defined by post-migraine fatigue. I felt so much better but I still had next to no energy and I could tell my brain just wasn’t doing its best. I just needed to exist today. It wasn’t a day for being productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully my brain will feel normal again. I think after taking it easy I’ll be able to get some serious work done. It’ll be a bit of struggle. Getting back into writing after a couple low productivity days in a row is always difficult, but if I’m feeling better I should be up to the challenge.

September 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,379
  • Today’s word count: 221
  • Thoughts: Getting started was the hardest part of writing today. Sometimes I can just sit down and write and then there are days like today where I try and try again and nothing gets written for ages. Eventually my persistence paid off at least a little bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to get writing earlier in the day. It’ll only work if I can sit down and get to work on the first try. That hasn’t worked out for me lately. Maybe tomorrow will be the day that changes.

September 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,601
  • Today’s word count: 222
  • Thoughts: I wanted to write more than yesterday just to feel like I was improving. I finished a sentence with my daily word count one more than yesterday and decided to stop. I was done. Right now my energy is at a really low place so I didn’t want to push myself too hard.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I hope I can write more than I wrote today. I want to keep pushing myself because I’ve definitely been in a slump lately. It’s hard to predict when I’ll have the mental energy to push into writing this year. Everything is chaotic.

September 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,653
  • Today’s word count: 52
  • Thoughts: My anxiety was bad today. I couldn’t break out of the toxic thought cycle. Writing just wasn’t in the cards. I tried, but I didn’t get very far. Being alone with my thoughts just wasn’t a good idea.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. My day will be starting out with errands like most Fridays. It’s hard to say what will happen. Hopefully I won’t be prevented from writing by anxiety again.

September 11

No writing progress made. I needed to take some time for myself to reset and get away from the anxiety. I’m not sure it did the trick, but I’m not feeling worse at least.

September 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,706
  • Today’s word count: 53
  • Thoughts: I had such a weird day. I felt like I had no time at all to do anything, but somehow I ended the day with a lot of things done. I didn’t give myself as much time for writing as I should have. I forced out a few words at the end of the day, but I didn’t get very far.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I just want to stay home, have a quiet day, and give my time and attention to writing. I haven’t had a good writing day in such a long time. It has to happen soon. I might as well make it tomorrow. Sundays have a lot of good writing potential so maybe I can make it work.

September 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,748
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: Today just wasn’t as good of a day as I hoped it would be. Some of the problems I had resulted from choices I made. Chores needed to be done. Other problems were out of my control and just made me more anxious. Those derailed me entirely. I’m still trying to keep parts of my life off the internet so I’m hesitant to actually explain what is going on in this case. I doubt the details are as relevant as how I’m feeling in terms of my ability to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Have a relaxing, quiet day. I need to get myself centered so I can start working toward my goals again. I’m sure I’ll try to write. It feels wrong now to sit down and at least write a few words, but my main focus will be on getting into a better headspace.

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Writing Progress August 31–September 6, 2020

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August 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 192,854
  • Today’s word count: 206
  • Thoughts: The word to describe today has to be average. It wasn’t good or bad. I wrote some words, but not very many. I feel okay about the words I wrote. Maybe I just have a case of the Mondays. Who knows?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to see if I can have a better than average day. I’m feeling determined. Let’s see if that motivation will still be there after I sleep. A good night’s sleep will probably only help.

September 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 193,203
  • Today’s word count: 349
  • Thoughts: I had a single burst of productivity today. It was exciting and fun while it lasted but trying and failing to write before it happened was awful. I’ve never been able to write first thing in the morning so I’m very familiar with the agony of waiting to start being productive. Somehow it usually works out for me, but I wish I could find a way to focus and get on with the writing before anything else.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I wonder if I can train myself to write in the morning. The only way to find out is to try. Maybe I’ll manage to make it happen tomorrow or maybe not. We’ll see!

September 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 193,739
  • Today’s word count: 536
  • Thoughts: The full moon gave me so much energy! A lot of it needed to be run off before I could sit still long enough to write. Once that was done, I actually got a good amount of writing done! Days like this feel really good. I want more of them.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Another day like today would be great. I love having energy to run off and then having the energy and focus I need to get writing done. Being productive feels so good.

September 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 193,811
  • Today’s word count: 72
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was not my day. I wanted to write but I lacked focus and energy. It was an awful combination. My motivation was nearly at zero. What went wrong? I wish I knew!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what I want to accomplish because I don’t know what to expect. Sometimes Fridays  can be good. Usually, Fridays are a productivity black hole. I’m not going to hope for much so I won’t be too disappointed when something takes me away from writing.

September 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,001
  • Today’s word count: 190
  • Thoughts: I guess my expectations were too low because I blew past what I hoped I’d be able to do. I’m happy. Getting started wasn’t easy but I finally wrapped up a scene that had been bothering me the past few days. That’s always a win.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what this weekend is going to hold. I’m just going to try to keep writing. Starting a new scene in this draft will hopefully give me a boost since I was struggling for a bit to get things to wrap up in the last one.

September 5

No writing progress!

This was unexpected. The day started with some insomnia. Eventually I managed to nap. Then I took an unplanned trip to the grocery store (yay for snacks!) and not long after I got back from that I got hit with a migraine. I decided to go to bed much earlier than usual. Hopefully tomorrow will be a less painful day.

September 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,049
  • Today’s word count: 48
  • Thoughts: I think I know why I had trouble sleeping and focusing yesterday. Today I got hit hard by a migraine. I still had things I needed to do and I powered through those. Then the day became all about trying to get some relief from the migraine. I tried to write, but it didn’t go well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as I’m recovered from the migraine I’m sure I’ll be able to get back on track. The excitement of being so close to the end of this draft hasn’t gone away. It’s just been pushed to the side by a lot of distractions. I can get it back if I try.

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What I Read in August

I’ve been in a mood lately that has me skipping between books. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s hard to finish anything when I’m constantly starting something new. There’s just too many interesting books out there and my library’s digital apps make it too tempting.

Do you use borrow digital books from your library? Does it lead to you jumping around between books too?

Books I finished reading in August:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in August? Are there any books you’re looking forward to in September? I’d love to hear about them!

Writing Progress August 24–30, 2020

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August 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 191,448
  • Today’s word count: 315
  • Thoughts: Am I getting back on track? It certainly feels like it! My word count is going up again! I’m so excited. One good writing day is all it takes to give me a huge surge in confidence. I’m not complaining. I’ll take it and do my best to run with it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. This new heatwave is going to continue so I’ll try to keep cool somewhere with my laptop and hope that I’ll write since I won’t have many other options to keep myself occupied.

August 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 191,778
  • Today’s word count: 330
  • Thoughts: It looks like I’m back on track with writing the average amount I managed back in July. That’s the minimum I want to be doing these days. I haven’t been making it to that point very often this month, but I’m getting back on track. Next month I need to start building up to higher word counts in preparation for NaNoWriMo.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course! It’s not supposed to be quite as hot tomorrow so I should be able to just hang out at my desk and write a ton of words.

August 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 191,898
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: Well, I know what went wrong today which is always a small bright point in a less than spectacular day. I messed up my wrist. It was hard to type after that happened. I could always type one handed but it is slower and the slower I type the more time I have to doubt myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as my wrist is feeling a bit better I’ll be back to writing. If it doesn’t feel better I’ll probably try to write anyway but rest my wrist.

August 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 192,263
  • Today’s word count: 365
  • Thoughts: My wrist wasn’t quite back to normal. I needed to baby it a bit, but I managed to write anyway. It might not have been the smartest thing to do, but I’m not sure I can stop myself from writing. It’s hard to try not to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I have errands to run. It’s going to be another extra hot day. I might be too tired to write from being out in the heat or I might get extra motivation from hiding to cool off. Only time will tell.

August 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 192,302
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: Wow. This was as much of a Friday as a Friday could be. I tried to write. I wanted to write. It just didn’t work out like that. My intentions can only take me so far and going out and interacting with the world really drained me of a lot of energy I would normally put into being creative. Oh well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t think I have any errand to run so I should be able to stay home and write. Let’s hope that’s what happens.

August 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 192,528
  • Today’s word count: 226
  • Thoughts: I bounced back from my Friday slump, but I feel like I should’ve written more. I was on a roll but then I got distracted. Once the distractions started they didn’t stop.  At least I wrote something before it happened.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It should be a cool, quiet Sunday at home. Right now my plan is to drink copious amounts of tea, sit at my desk, and write. I can’t wait to see how my plans turn out.

August 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 192,648
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: I was so excited about writing that I had a hard time sitting still to write. What a predicament! A few words managed to make it past the excitement filter. I just wish I could’ve written more since I was so enthusiastic about what I was trying to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Well, I hope I keep the excitement but manage to tone it down just a bit so I can actually get the work done. This draft is getting close to the end. I want to keep moving forward so I can call it complete and tackle my next project.

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Writing Progress August 17–23, 2020

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August 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,497
  • Today’s word count: 155
  • Thoughts: I was definitely feeling the effects of not getting enough sleep today. I was exhausted and restless at the same time. Days like this are never very productive. I tried, but I feel like I didn’t get very far.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have no idea what to expect. I have to be up early again. We’re getting a package delivered and I don’t know if it will need a signature so I can’t nap either. I just hope I’ll be able to write before I completely run out of energy.

August 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,516
  • Today’s word count: 19
  • Thoughts: What a disaster. I had to get up early and I definitely didn’t get enough sleep. I spent the entire morning on errands and chores. By the time I could sit down to write I was already exhausted and if that wasn’t enough, my wrist started acting up. I tried to write, but I decided sleep would probably help me write more later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better and I’ll be able to write again. I’m reaching that point where I’m feeling the words start to build up. I’ll have to write them out eventually.

August 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,645
  • Today’s word count: 129
  • Thoughts: I wrote more than I did yesterday. I definitely felt better, but I wasn’t exactly feeling great. I probably need at least one more good night of sleep before I’ll feel like myself again. Overall, I was very productive today, but my creative side was lagging behind.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After another good night’s sleep I plan to be ready to dive back into writing and make up for the lackluster days I’ve had lately. I’m determined to make it happen.

August 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,833
  • Today’s word count: 188
  • Thoughts: Things are starting to get better, but I’m not back to 100% yet. I tried to write and I managed get at least a handful of word written. I’m still getting caught up on sleep so I’m trying to give myself a bit of a break from the pressure to get a lot written in a single day, but I’m getting impatient.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have errands to run, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to come home and focus. I need to write and I can’t keep allowing myself to coast by writing less than I think I should.

August 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,964
  • Today’s word count: 131
  • Thoughts: Considering how much I’ve been writing day to day lately, today was a surprisingly good for a Friday. I won’t complain about my productivity in terms of Fridays, but I am a little upset with how little I’ve been writing in general. It needs to change.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping to have a quiet day at home. I have chores to do, but I should have a decent amount of time to dedicate to writing. I can’t wait to see what I manage to accomplish.

August 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,987
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: Today didn’t going as I expected at all. I cleaned up another scene and posted it to Patreon, but writing just didn’t go well. I adapted to more “normal” summer weather just in time for things to start heating up again. I made the mistake of trying to tough it out instead of moving somewhere cooler to write. It didn’t work out at all for me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be another hot and humid day. I’m not going to make the same mistake twice. Let’s hope keeping cool will help me be productive because I have a lot of ground to make up.

August 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 191,133
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: There isn’t much to say about today. My writing muscles just aren’t in shape after my streak of bad writing days. I put in the time today and didn’t have much to show for it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to buckle down and put in the work to get a decent word count. I might not accomplish anything else, but I will get some words written. Now I have a plan. I just need to execute it.

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Writing Progress August 10–16, 2020

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August 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 189,120
  • Today’s word count: 109
  • Thoughts: I’m really not impressed with my word count today. All day I felt restless and distracted. Then when I finally thought I’d reached the point in the day when I’d be able to settle down and write I was exhausted and just wanted to go to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I need to figure out a better way to buckle down and get to work. Hopefully a good night’s sleep will give me more energy and make it a little bit easier. I’ll probably still need to find a new way to trick myself into getting started.

August 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 189,395
  • Today’s word count: 275
  • Thoughts: Writing today definitely felt easier than yesterday. I was still a bit distracted, but I had so much more energy today than yesterday. That’s always good. I think it shows in my close-to-average word count.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully another good night’s sleep will increase my productivity again. I’m not lacking in motivation. Time, energy, and focus are the limiting factors. Energy seems like the easiest of those three to tackle since I know I haven’t been getting as much rest as I should lately. I can worry about the others later.

August 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 189,559
  • Today’s word count: 164
  • Thoughts: I struggled to focus today. I think I got enough sleep last night, but it didn’t seem to be enough to do the trick. Maybe the weather is getting to me. The summer weather is getting really getting old.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s supposed to be a bit cooler so maybe that will help me feel a bit more like writing. There has to be something that will make everything click again. There always is. I just need to find it.

August 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 189,777
  • Today’s word count: 218
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m getting back on track. I had at least a brief window of time today that felt like I understood what needed to be written and how to write it. Those moments are always great. I want more of them.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write more, but it’ll be Friday. I don’t know where my mind will be after running errands. It might end up being a good day in spite of losing energy to errand, but I want to keep my expectations low so I can be pleasantly surprised.

August 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 189,914
  • Today’s word count: 137
  • Thoughts: It was Friday. My word count isn’t spectacular, but I managed to sit down and write something. That’s a win on any Friday. It’s more than I’ve done in other weeks. I’ll take it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It should be a quiet day at home. It’s not supposed to be too hot, but it won’t be a cool, rainy day either. Oh well. I’ll make the most of it. Maybe I’ll play a rain playlist while I write so I can pretend I have a rainy mood to write.

August 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,132
  • Today’s word count: 218
  • Thoughts: Today didn’t feel like to bad of a day for writing. The humidity made me feel a bit worn out, but once the sun went down and things cooled off I managed to write a little bit. Weekends can be distracting so I’m not going to complain about making progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be busy in the morning but I’m hoping to dedicate my afternoon and evening to writing. I can’t wait to see what I accomplish.

August 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 190,342
  • Today’s word count: 210
  • Thoughts: I managed to write. It wasn’t much, but it was something. At least I know what went wrong today. I was exhausted. I got up too early and did a lot early in the day. I wanted to nap more than I wanted to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After a good night’s sleep I should be ready to write again. We’ll see how things go, but I know I’m excited to keep this draft moving forward. I’m getting so close to the end. Once I’m there I get to start a new project and it’s going to be amazing.

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Writing Progress August 3–9, 2020

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August 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 187,086
  • Today’s word count: 311
  • Thoughts: I didn’t think today was going to be a good writing day for most of the day. I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t sit still. Then a little while before bedtime something just clicked and I wrote. It felt amazing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’d be great if I could write earlier in the day, but I’ll settle for just being able to write without struggling to get the words out. I need more days where the words just flow. Those are the days I don’t question why I do this.

August 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 187,343
  • Today’s word count: 257
  • Thoughts: A migraine plagued me all day. For a while I thought I’d have a day with no writing progress. Then I just wrote a bit. I don’t think it’s great. I didn’t feel great while doing it, but it felt better to write than not.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better so I can write more. I don’t have all that much control over the duration of a migraine, but it can’t possibly go on forever. Once it is gone, I’m getting back to work. This draft needs to be finished.

August 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 187,780
  • Today’s word count: 437
  • Thoughts: The migraine didn’t go away after sleeping. I was devastated. I tried to take care of myself and it must have worked because I wrote a decent amount of words. Even if I wasn’t feeling well, writing felt great.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ve gotta get past this migraine. It can’t last forever. Hopefully another night’s sleep will do the trick. Once I’m feeling better, I hope I’ll be able to write even more words. With the end of this story almost in sight, I feel like I need to pick up the pace and get to the finish line.

August 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 188,163
  • Today’s word count: 383
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t in pain, but I had trouble focusing. It took forever for me to sit down and get to work. I hate days like this. I want to write and there’s an undercurrent of anxiety in my day until I get some words written. Days like this mean I’m anxious until almost right before bedtime. Not cool.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I should lower my expectations. I know I won’t write a ton on Friday. I always disappoint myself. A smaller goal would probably lead to less disappointment.

August 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 188,327
  • Today’s word count: 164
  • Thoughts: My word count wasn’t impressive, but I’m not disappointed. This is about the best I’ve come to expect from Fridays. I managed to focus enough to write some sentences. That’s a win!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll have more time and energy to put into writing. I’m not sure what the day will hold for me, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying home all day. That should make it easier to find some time to work on making an abundance of words.

August 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 188,810
  • Today’s word count: 483
  • Thoughts: Getting started was the biggest hurdle today. It took forever, but once I got there, the words just wanted to escape. That’s always a great feeling. I think I could have written even more if I had more energy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should get to enjoy another quiet day at home. The only difference is that it’s supposed to be hot again. I might have to hide away in a cool corner. That has often helped me get a good word count, but I’m still going make an effort to be productive.

August 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 189,011
  • Today’s word count: 201
  • Thoughts: I struggled a bit to write today. It wasn’t the writing itself that was a problem. I realized pretty early in the day that the story was moving in the right direction. I lacked focus. All day I had restless energy. I cleaned random things around the house, but cleaning isn’t writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope for less restless energy and more focus. I want to keep the forward momentum going for as long as it will last. This part of the story is flowing really well so I need to take advantage of that.

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Writing Progress July 27–August 2, 2020

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July 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 184,000
  • Today’s word count: 277
  • Thoughts: I’m writing a bit more again, but it’s still not enough. This is still Camp NaNoWriMo. Not only do I need to hit my daily word count goal, I also need to play catch up after having a couple days with very little writing. I’m not so far behind that my goal is out of reach. It’s just going to take some effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know what I need to do to get caught up. I just need to get on with it. The story is waiting to be finished.

July 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 184,796
  • Today’s word count: 796
  • Thoughts: Today was magic. I sat down and the words just came to me. I didn’t have to look for the words. They just showed up. I live for days like these. I just wish I knew it was coming so I could have been ready for all the words. With no other obligations I could have made today’s word count skyrocket.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I hope the words just keep showing up. If they do, I’ll be ready for it. Now that I know it’s a possibility I have to try to make it happen.

July 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 185,521
  • Today’s word count: 726
  • Thoughts: I can’t believe I almost wrote as much as yesterday. I knew I needed to be productive if I was going to get anywhere close to reaching my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, but I had almost resigned myself to stumbling at the finish line. I’m happy to prove myself wrong.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I’m getting really close to my goal for the month. I think I might actually be able to win Camp NaNo for the first time ever.

July 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 185,989
  • Today’s word count: 468
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write as much as the past few days, but I wrote plenty to keep me on track to win Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m motivated and more than a little excited at the prospect of winning for once. I’m also getting close to the climax of this draft. It’s perfect timing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. Win Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s possible. I only have a couple hundred words to write to get to the finish line. It’ll be Friday but I’m not running errands so I’ll actually have time and I should be able to keep my composure while I attempt to write.

July 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 186,412
  • Today’s word count: 423
  • Thoughts: I did it! I won Camp NaNoWriMo! That hasn’t happened before. What was different this month? I had nowhere to go and nothing to do for most of the month. I’m just happy I finally did it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Camp is over, but I’m still going to write. I can’t stop and that’s a good thing. There’s still a draft to finish, after all. I just want to have something to show for this awful, terrible year.

August 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 186,426
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: After winning Camp yesterday I didn’t want to push myself to write today. I woke up thinking I might not write at all, but then I had a moment of inspiration and wrote a sentence. I love moments like that, but it passed pretty quickly and I focused on other things during the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing, I hope. After taking it easy for a day I am feeling pretty refreshed. We’ll see what I can make of the day once it is here.

August 2

  • Project: the Dreams
  • Total word count: 186,775
  • Today’s word count: 349
  • Thoughts: I think I’m back on track. I sat down and wrote a really good conversation. It felt great. I think it’s the way I want it. We’ll see if I feel that way in a month or two when I go back to look over this draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course! I really want to keep the momentum I built up in July going. I’m so glad I only needed a short break before I was able to get back to writing. I’m excited to finish this draft. I have so many plans for upcoming projects.

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July Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Can you believe July is over already?

Camp NaNoWriMo was full of surprises this time. I always fail. I always struggle. It doesn’t matter if I try to repeat a full NaNo with a goal of 50k or aim much, much lower. I never make it.

Well…

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This month was so different from any other Camp I’ve ever attempted. Even after experiencing it and taking a day to process, I still can’t properly expressed exactly what made this month my first ever Camp NaNoWriMo win. Was it the low goal I set? How did limited social interaction play into my ability to get the writing done?

Honestly, I don’t have the answers. Under more ordinary circumstances, I might be able to reflect and pinpoint some different habits and behaviors that allowed me to succeed. This is not a year of ordinary circumstances. I don’t know what helped me and what hurt me in July. Every month is strange now. There are too many variables.

I’ll just accept the win and be grateful for the writing I managed to do. My writing muscles are in good shape now so I’ll do my best to carry on with writing this draft. It should be finished sometime soon!

There’s one thing I wish I explain is the drop off in my word count for several days in a row at the end of the month. Something happened and multiple low writing days in a row resulted. Even with my daily writing logs I can’t pinpoint exactly what went wrong since those days don’t seem significantly different from other points in the month that didn’t destroy my word count.

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I’m really proud of the work I put into the final four days of the month. My comeback this month was so much healthier than the sort of sprints to the finish line I tend to pull off during NaNoWriMo. I definitely pushed myself on a couple days there, but it wasn’t such a push that it felt out of proportion to my output at other points during the month. I worked to make it happen, but in a healthy way. I hope I can start doing this during NaNoWriMo as well.

How did Camp NaNoWriMo go for you? Did you learn anything you can carry over to NaNoWriMo or other writing experiences?

What I Read in July

July is always a month of chaos for me. It’s hot. I want to spend time outside doing summer activities and there’s Camp NaNoWriMo to worry about. Sometimes reading books falls by the wayside. I feel like that happened a little bit this month.

I read some books, but I feel like I lost the momentum I built up while reading in June. I wonder how long it will take to get my reading mojo back.

Books I finished reading in July:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in July?

Does summer weather motivate you read more or less than other times of the year?