July Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

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I can’t believe we’re two weeks into Camp NaNoWriMo already. This month is going by really fast.

Somehow, for the first time ever, I’m staying on track with my writing for Camp. I’ve attempted to write for every Camp NaNoWriMo session since it started in 2011. I don’t think I’ve ever been this consistent at the end of the second week. Ever.

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I’m starting to feel like I might be able to do this.

Seeing myself on the path after two weeks of writing has brought up some questions. What am I doing differently? Why now?

The first thing I’m doing differently is setting a lower goal. I cut my goal from April Camp NaNoWriMo in half. That sounds drastic, but looking at my results it seemed necessary for my sanity. Back in April I didn’t even reach the halfway point of that goal. Based on that, 10,000 words still seemed like a stretch.

Another thing I’m doing differently is getting to a place where I’m truly cut off from distractions. This is working out partly because of social distancing and other restrictions in place because of the pandemic. No one is asking me to go out and do fun, distracting things this month. Another thing keeping me away from distractions is the unbearable heat and humidity. The weather isn’t awful every day, but I’m spending enough days hiding in a cool space that I’m a lot less likely to be playing games or drawing on my desktop when I should be writing. Apparently, there are some benefits to having a laptop that can’t do much more than run Scrivener.

The final thing that’s different this month is that I just want to write. I’m at a place with this third draft where I’m itching to finish it. I can see the end in the distance and I need to get there. It might be the best motivation ever.

Going into week 3 I’m feeling very optimistic. I think I can do this. I’m motivated. Distractions are limited. There’s a very real chance this will be my first ever Camp NaNoWriMo win. This is my 20th attempt at Camp NaNo. I think I deserve a win.

How was your second week of Camp NaNoWriMo? Is this month of writing easier or harder than usual for you?

Writing Progress July 6–12, 2020

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July 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 177,955
  • Today’s word count: 441
  • Thoughts: Today was another extremely hot day. I was determined not to allow that to eat away at my will to be productive. I did everything I could to keep cool so I would have energy to dedicate to writing. It wasn’t easy, but I managed to get out a decent number of words. I hope I can repeat today’s success in the future since the heat wave isn’t going anywhere.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep cool, write more. It’s possible. I just have to be mindful of doing too much in the heat or I’ll need to take precious writing time to cool off and recover.

July 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 178,077
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t get into my writing today. My heart just wasn’t into it. It was also noticeably cooler today and I wanted to take a bit of time to play a game on my computer. It gets mad if I try to play in the heat so I’d been missing it. Maybe it was too much of a distraction.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’s going to be really hot again. I’m not looking forward to it, but I’ll try to keep cool and write plenty on my laptop.

July 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 178,797
  • Today’s word count: 720
  • Thoughts: Well, I bounced back and had a good writing day. I stayed in a cool corner and got to work. It felt great. I didn’t even realize how much I’d written until I took a break and looked. That’s always a sign of a really good written session.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’d love to surpass today’s word count, but I’ll just be happy if I can write a decent number of words. I’ll be hiding in a cool corner again so we’ll see what happens.

July 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 179,465
  • Today’s word count: 668
  • Thoughts: I had another productive day! I don’t know what the magic behind this productivity might be and I’m afraid to analyze it too closely. Maybe I should just keep going and hope the writing mojo sticks around.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’ll be Friday but I think I’ll be able to write some words anyway. Let’s keep the writing mojo going. I’m having too much fun to stop now!

July 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 179,542
  • Today’s word count: 77
  • Thoughts: Today was definitely a Friday. I felt it to my very core. I was ready to have a productive day. Then errands happened. A headache followed. Writing just wasn’t in the cards for me. I tried, but I didn’t have the great success I had earlier this week. Fridays are cursed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It won’t be Friday anymore. I hope I’ll be able to write again. It’s also supposed to be hot, but not too hot. I don’t know if that will help or hurt me. Maybe I’ll end up hiding away from the heat and write a ton of words while doing it. That’s happened a lot lately.

July 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 179,736
  • Today’s word count: 196
  • Thoughts: Things were better than Friday, but I still hadn’t gotten back that powerful writing energy I had earlier in the week. I didn’t go hide in a cool corner of the apartment. Maybe that was the missing piece. Do I have to do that to be reasonably productive now? I hope not.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be even hotter. I probably will need to hide away somewhere cool. Let’s see if that brings back the writing mojo.

July 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 180,409
  • Today’s word count: 673
  • Thoughts: I think I’ve figured out the magic behind good writing days. I have to hide in a cool corner on my laptop and write. If I try to write anywhere else I’m too easily distracted. Cool corners are usually out of the way places. There isn’t much to see or do there. I’m also not as easily found. I’m less distracted.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep cool and keep writing. I don’t think it is supposed to be quite as hot so we’ll see if I can make the magic formula work if I’m not desperate to find a place to cool off.

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July Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1 Recap

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Did I just have a good first week of Camp NaNo? Is that legal?

Things went pretty well for me this week. That almost never happens. When it comes to Camp, I struggle every day for a month. What’s different this time?

First of all, we did nothing for the 4th of July this year. We stayed home and relaxed. That gave me more time to write and I didn’t have to spend time recharging from being around groups of people. However, the excessive at-home fireworks this year has been an annoyance. I’m used to some fireworks going off around 9 pm on weekends around the 4th, but this year it has been every night and often closer to midnight than sunset.

It’s also been hotter than usual around here. Normally we get a blisteringly hot day or two and then it’s back to regular summer heat. Not this time. It’s been uncomfortably hot almost every day so far this month. That’s kept me from going out to walk around town for inspiration (procrastination). As long as I’m in a cool room, writing doesn’t cause me to overheat.

The library isn’t open. This sounds like it’s a bad thing. Overall, it’s terrible. However, I like to lie to myself and say I’ll write better at the library. I drag my laptop there and spend a few hours browsing the shelves and people watching. It’s fun, but not good for my word count. Since I can’t do that, I’ve had to stay home and actually write.

There’s still a lot of uncertainty in the the world. These aren’t easy or fun times for anyone, but compared to April, I feel like I have a better handle on things now. I have a clearer picture of the situation and I have some experience with keeping myself and my loved ones safe. I don’t feel as helpless and that has freed up some space in my mind for creative work again.

Even with all these variables working in my favor, I’ve kept my Camp goal low. I want to push myself to write, but making myself stretch too far to reach it will only discourage me. I’d rather aim for something just a little bit beyond what I can typically achieve. Maybe this month will be my first ever Camp NaNoWriMo win? I could really use a win right now.

How was your first week of Camp NaNoWriMo? Have you kept your goal low or are you aiming higher?

Writing Progress June 29–July 5, 2020

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June 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 176,236
  • Today’s word count: 621
  • Thoughts: I did it! I had another great writing day. Finding a cool corner to write in has done the trick. Bribing myself with a video game after I wrote at least 500 words probably helped as well. Honestly, I’m impressed I had the willpower to actually follow through with my bribe. I dread the day I realize no one else is holding me accountable and I could play the game first if I wanted.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m building up endurance/momentum for CampNaNoWriMo. I can’t believe that’s starting this week.

June 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 176,396
  • Today’s word count: 160
  • Thoughts: I pulled back a bit. I knew I was going to be starting a writing marathon at midnight so I didn’t want to wear myself out before I began. I also wanted to write so I tried to strike a balance. I think I could have written more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Camp NaNoWriMo! It doesn’t feel like it should be July already, but I’ll be writing. Hopefully I can manage my first ever Camp NaNoWriMo win this time! I’m keeping my goal low to give myself a better chance. It hasn’t worked before, but maybe this time will be different and I’ll break the Camp curse.

July 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 176,738
  • Today’s word count: 342
  • Thoughts: It was the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo! I actually reached my (very low) daily goal for Camp. That’s always a good start. I hope I can keep it up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. It’s supposed to be very, very hot for a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up my pattern of being productive on my laptop because I’m going to need to use it so I can hide in an air conditioned corner for a while.

June 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 176,789
  • Today’s word count: 51
  • Thoughts: Ehh… I’m not all that mad. I wasn’t at my computer very much at all today so I’m happy I wrote something. It wasn’t a bad day. It just wasn’t a writing day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’ll be Friday. Those tend to be unpredictable. The pattern lately is for not so great writing days on Fridays, but that could change at any time. Maybe tomorrow will be that day. I won’t know until I try. I’m excited to see what will happen.

June 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 177,022
  • Today’s word count: 233
  • Thoughts: This wasn’t a bad day for a Friday. I didn’t spend all my free time writing, but I spent enough time to get some words done. I also cut my own hair today which took a ridiculous amount of time. Maybe I would have written more if I didn’t but I really needed a haircut.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I should have some time to dedicate to it, but it’s going to be ridiculously hot again. Hopefully I can hide in a cool place and get the words out.

June 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 177,237
  • Today’s word count: 215
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty ordinary day. It was hot again. Nothing too special happened. I tried to keep cool. I managed to write a bit. I think I could have written more if I wasn’t hiding away in a corner to keep cool.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I should be home with not much to distract me. Hopefully that will be a recipe for success. Maybe I’ll bribe myself by setting a goal and playing a game once I reach it.

June 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 177,514
  • Today’s word count: 277
  • Thoughts: I seem to have found my comfort zone writing-wise during this heat wave. I can manage to write over 200 words before I get distracted by looking for somewhere cooler or comfier to be. I need to optimize my writing conditions in the air conditioned rooms so I can write more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same. I need to keep cool and write as much as I can manage while doing so. The weather doesn’t seem like it is going to change any time soon so I need to figure out how to live as normally as possible while hiding in just a couple rooms so we don’t have an enormous electric bill.

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What I Read in June

I didn’t feel like I read a lot in June, but looking back I guess I did read a decent amount. That’s a nice feeling. I was enjoying reading so much it felt like I needed to keep reading more.

There’s a lot going wrong in the world these days, but books are still a great escape.

Books I finished reading in June:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in June? I hope you’re able to escape into books for at least a little while. We could all use a break these days.

Writing Progress June 22–28, 2020

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June 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,726
  • Today’s word count: 156
  • Thoughts: Holy crap. The heat today was oppressive. My desire to do anything was low. My ability to think was nonexistent until things cooled off later at night. It didn’t give me much time to get things done. Oh well. This is just how summertime works for me. Things will get better when the weather cools off.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope for a better day for writing but I know it is going to be just as hot so I don’t want to count on it. I’ll try. I just don’t want to disappoint myself.

June 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,866
  • Today’s word count: 140
  • Thoughts: The heat got me again. I thought I might be able to endure it, but I ran out of energy so quickly. Just sitting at my computer was too much effort. I need cooler weather!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m picking strawberries in the morning! I’ll be getting up early to do it. I don’t know if I’ll sleep enough beforehand. If I don’t, I might not have much energy to write later in the day. Maybe I’ll need to take a nap. Hopefully I’ll be able to write while fueled by strawberries.

June 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,894
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: I was worried this would happen. The situation ended up being even worse than I expected. I barely slept last night. I still picked strawberries and completed all the other chores I had lined up for the day. It just took everything I had to get those things done. I didn’t have anything left to give to my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep. Stay home. Write. I have to make up for lost time. I’m going to be climbing the walls if I don’t get this story written soon.

June 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,970
  • Today’s word count: 76
  • Thoughts: Did you know social media can be really, really stressful? It wasn’t a good day. I tried to write, but I felt so discouraged. Some days are just like that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I really don’t know what to expect or hope for. It’ll be Friday. That’s already a mark against the day’s productivity. It’s also going to be hot. Heat doesn’t agree with me. If it saps my energy I expect even less writing will happen than a typical Friday. Hopefully I’ll have a better day than I’m expecting.

June 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,974
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I was worried today was going to be a bad day for writing. I had time to write, but I had no motivation. I played video games and just relaxed. It helped, but I never got the motivation back. It was worse than an average Friday, but not the worst ever. I can bounce back from a day like this easily.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll be able to keep cool and write some words. Keeping cool will be a little bit difficult, but if I can manage it, the writing part should be a lot easier.

June 27

No writing progress made. I just didn’t have the energy or willpower to do much of anything. The heat is draining me. I just wanted to be still and keep cool. I did a decent enough job of that. Writing just wasn’t going to happen. I can see that now. It’s hard, but sometimes days are just like that.

June 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 175,587
  • Today’s word count: 613
  • Thoughts: I knew I needed to write today. I sat down and got to work. For once it just worked. I set a goal of writing 500 words thinking I would have to work very, very hard to get there. I passed it. Realizing I’d written more than I intended felt great. I want to do it again!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I can’t let this motivation slip away. It’s still awfully hot and it’s going to be that way for a while. I’ll have to hide in a cool corner somewhere and hope that will be enough to keep my energy up enough to get the writing done.

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Writing Progress June 15–21, 2020

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June 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 173,481
  • Today’s word count: 53
  • Thoughts: Today just wasn’t my day. I felt off. I had a headache. As much as I tried to focus, I just couldn’t make it happen. I probably just need to sleep it off and try again tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It shouldn’t be too hard to write more than I did today. I’m okay with giving myself an easily achievable goal. I want to write so I should be able to get there. My health just needs to let me get the writing done.

June 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 173,649
  • Today’s word count: 168
  • Thoughts: I wrote more than yesterday. It still doesn’t feel like I wrote enough. I feel the need to write more, but I just can’t find the ability to concentrate and the energy to sit down and write in correct levels at the same time. I know I can do it. I just need to figure out how to make things work as they are.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. There’s plenty of cause for optimism. I have time. I have energy. I have ideas. I just need to get all the pieces in place.

June 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,203
  • Today’s word count: 554
  • Thoughts: I didn’t expect today to be a good writing day. I hoped it would be, of course, but I didn’t expect it after the way things have been going for me lately. I’m thrilled. I hope I can keep it up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m aiming to have a repeat of today. Maybe I can make it happen. I have a good amount of moment from today. It’d be nice to get another decent writing day in before the weekend comes and messed me up again.

June 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,378
  • Today’s word count: 175
  • Thoughts: I didn’t manage to have another fantastic writing day, but it was still a decent enough day. I had some fun while playing a game, and still managed to write something. That’s a win in my book.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. I have errands to run. It’s going to be a pain. This year has made going out even more stressful than it already way for me. Hopefully once I’m home I’ll be able to focus on writing. Maybe my anxious energy can be redirected for once into something productive.

June 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,381
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Today was not a day for writing. I wanted to write but even when I sat down to make it happen didn’t result in much of anything. I was tired and frustrated and it just didn’t translate into the ability to be creative or productive. Sometimes Fridays are like that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can get back to writing. I don’t have any momentum to work off of. I’ll have to build it back up myself. I don’t think it will be easy but it will be worth it. I work so much better when I wrote a decent amount the day before.

June 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,460
  • Today’s word count: 79
  • Thoughts: Better, but not great. I was distracted by Pokemon Go, honestly. I had fun, but I wasn’t out with a group or anything so I’m not sure I can really say it was worth my time more than writing. In the before times I was at least spending time with friends while playing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing and fewer distractions. I think I can make that happen, but we’ll see how successful I am. Hopefully I can report back with good news.

June 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 174,570
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: I cleared 100 words. That’s something. I wish I’d written more but I had some issues with anxiety and it just drained my energy. I wanted to stay up and write but I needed to go to bed. It’s still amazing how much energy gets taken away when I feel panicked.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. We’re supposed to have warm, humid weather so I might be hiding away in an air conditioned corner to get some relief, but I have a laptop so writing will not be stopped.

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I Almost Forgot About Camp NaNoWriMo

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Have I ever announced a NaNo project this late?

This year has made it so hard to keep track of dates. Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I’m just now setting up my project. We start writing next Wednesday! I’m usually getting ready weeks before this point.

I’m in the process of creating my project on the NaNoWriMo site while writing this blog post. Hooray for multitasking!

No one will be surprised to hear I’m continuing my rewrite of The Dreams for Camp. I’m getting close to the end. Maybe I’ll get enough of a push during Camp NaNoWriMo to finally finish it. I’m setting a goal of 10,000 words because I never win Camp events and I want to give myself a fighting chance. It would still be a stretch for me because this year has completely killed my productivity.

Like last time Camp is happening on the main NaNoWriMo site. I thought this was a great move back in April. It streamlined things and the change from cabins to groups wasn’t drastic, but the seeing notifications about friends winning badges was a nice addition. Chatter in cabins always died off after the first few days in my experience. Even if people weren’t chatting, seeing the badges pop up told me I wasn’t the only one still writing. It also provided an opportunity to start up conversation again with a congratulations.

It looks like groups started for last Camp session are still around. This is great news. If you were already in my group I don’t need to add you again. We can just keep going.

If you’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo next month, you should add me as a buddy. There’s still space in my group too so if you’re interested in joining, let me know your NaNoWriMo username so I can sent you an invitation.

Now that I realize it’s nearly July I’m rapidly becoming excited for another month of frantic writing. I just can’t believe it crept up on me like this.

Writing Progress June 8–14, 2020

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June 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 172,148
  • Today’s word count: 277
  • Thoughts: I seem to be getting my writing mojo back. I’m not having huge, amazing writing days, but what I am doing is so much better than nothing. I’m writing enough to feel motivated to write more each and every day. I can write more. I will write more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course! The temperature is going to be jumping back up but I’m hoping that things will be cooled off enough inside to make it tolerable for at least part of the day. After it gets too hot, I’ll try to hop on my laptop and write in the bedroom where we have air conditioning.

June 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 172,559
  • Today’s word count: 411
  • Thoughts: I followed through with my plan to write in the air conditioning and it worked! I probably should have run back there earlier in the day. Imagine the amount of writing I could have done if I hadn’t exhausted myself in the heat beforehand.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’ll have to take shelter in the air conditioning earlier tomorrow and see if that makes me more productive. Who knows if it will work.

June 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 172,600
  • Today’s word count: 41
  • Thoughts: Today was a disaster. First, something good happened! I got my new phone today. Then lots of bad things happened. It was oppressively hot and humid all day and all night. I got a headache. I was miserable. Writing just wasn’t in the cards no matter how much I tried.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I won’t be getting a new phone two days in a row so I won’t have that as a distraction. It’s also supposed to be a bit cooler so hopefully I won’t feel miserable from heat and humidity. I’m going to let today be a single day misstep.

June 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 173,050
  • Today’s word count: 450
  • Thoughts: Cooler weather brought back my ability to write! I hoped it would, but to experience it actually happening was fantastic. Getting back to writing felt great. I need more days like today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. It’ll be Friday. Fridays are notoriously bad writing days for me, but it’ll also be another comfortable late spring/early summer day which might cancel out the bad writing mojo of Friday. I’ll try to write and see what happens.

June 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 173,156
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I was sure today wasn’t going to be super productive. It’s just the way Fridays go. I’ve accepted it. I actually wrote more than I expected if I’m being honest. I can’t be disappointed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll be able to write. I’ll be busy. I’m going to a park and playing Pokemon Go while walking on a hiking trail. It’s been forever since I went to a park. I can’t wait to get out of the house and work off some excess energy.

June 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 173,166
  • Today’s word count: 10
  • Thoughts: I was busy today. I manged to write a sentence and after that I was done. I’m glad I wrote something so I at least thought about my project a bit today. It helps a lot with getting going the next day. When it’s been more than 24 hours since I gave my work some attention it’s harder to get back into it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I won’t be going outside or doing anything that could distract me from a good, long writing session. I can’t wait to start making progress again!

June 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 173,428
  • Today’s word count: 262
  • Thoughts: The day started out really good. I started writing earlier than usual. Then things went wrong. I had a very sudden onset migraine. I thought my writing mojo was gone. Then the migraine receded and I actually felt like writing. I didn’t write a ton, but the fact that I wrote more felt really good.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I feel like I’m at a good place to start building up some writing momentum. I can’t wait to find out what I can do next week.

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Writing Progress June 1–7, 2020

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June 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,246
  • Today’s word count: 208
  • Thoughts: Writing went a little bit better today. I was worried it wouldn’t for a while. Getting started today was hard and I probably would have written more if I managed to get started sooner, but I’ll take what I can get. Any progress is better than no progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I’m staying home, most likely staying off of social media (for the most part). Hopefully I’ll be able to focus and get a decent number of words written.

June 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,378
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Not bad, but not great. I was hoping for more, but I know I need to take what I can get. These are stressful, worrying times. I’m amazed I can concentrate long enough to write anything at all. I’m starting to think I need to step away from social media entirely for a while, but I get so much support and encouragement from other writers on Twitter. I’d miss it. It might still be necessary.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can write tomorrow. Maybe I’ll start hiding away from social media. Maybe not. I’m still on the fence.

June 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,486
  • Today’s word count: 108
  • Thoughts: Ugh. It was so hot today. I didn’t want to do anything and I pretty much did the bare minimum. By the time I cooled off enough to think about writing, I was already running out of energy. Heat and humidity drains me pretty quickly. I tried, but I needed to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It looks like it’ll be another hot day. Maybe I’ll be more prepared and I’ll do a better job of keeping cool and maintaining my energy. If I manage to write more than today I’ll be pretty happy.

June 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,602
  • Today’s word count: 116
  • Thoughts: The heat was still draining me of all my energy to do anything at all. Writing was pretty difficult since doing really simple, necessary tasks took most of my energy before I could get started. I’m already done with summer this year.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We know how Fridays tend to go for me. I’m not expecting much. Maybe keeping my expectations low will help me do more than I would otherwise. It is nice to go about my day without a ton of self imposed pressure to get certain things done. Maybe I need a break again.

June 5

No new word written today. I did fix up a scene and posted it to Patreon, but I never got around to doing anything else with my writing. It could’ve been worse, but I still feel like it was a pretty bad day even for a Friday.

June 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,629
  • Today’s word count: 27
  • Thoughts: I don’t know if I was just still feeling out of it from Friday or if I was struggling to get back into writing after missing a day. Regardless of the reason, I didn’t write much. I feel pretty bad about it, but I’m trying not to dwell on it. There’s always tomorrow. Maybe I just needed to rest.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I want to write a ton to make up for the lackluster days I’ve had recently, but I think I need to be a bit more reasonable. I’d like to have a decent writing day.

June 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,871
  • Today’s word count: 242
  • Thoughts: My writing mojo is coming back! I feel so much better now. I was hoping for even more words, but after a few days away from writing I will take what I can get. The writing I did today will be a good foundation for bigger and better writing days in the future. I’m getting there and I can tell it’s going to be awesome!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! The weather is supposed to be gorgeous so I’ll probably relax somewhere I can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air (so near a window) with my laptop. It’ll be good motivation to stay put and write as many words as possible.

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