Writing Progress May 18–24, 2020

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May 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 168,117
  • Today’s word count: 66
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t get out of my writing funk today. The weird words I wrote on Sunday really tripped me up. I tried to rewrite them. That didn’t work so well. I tried to write around them. That worked a little better but I still didn’t feel great about it. Hopefully I can fix whatever the problem actually is in my next round of revisions.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m planning to get back on track. The struggles I’ve had are in the past. It’s time to move forward with all my writing. I know I can get back to enjoying writing.

May 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 168,458
  • Today’s word count: 341
  • Thoughts: My mojo is back! I wrapped up a scene and started another. I think the last scene was a big part of the problem. I’m going to mark that scene as a problem spot for my next pass through the story. There’s obviously something not quite right about it. Hopefully I can fix it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I feel like a weight has been lifted now that I’m on to the next scene. Hopefully I’ll get more writing done each day now.

May 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 168,952
  • Today’s word count: 494
  • Thoughts: I had a really good burst of speed for a couple paragraphs today. It was thrilling. I love it when the story just wants to jump out at me. Obviously since I’m rewriting, when this happens it’s because I’ve reformed a passage into something more fitting for the story. I feel even more accomplished than I do writing a new draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have to keep the momentum going. I know there’s a chance it will be ruined on Friday because Fridays are cursed for me. The streak can’t end before then.

May 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 169,179
  • Today’s word count: 228
  • Thoughts: I thought today would be really productive but I got caught on a couple different snags in the story and spent a lot of my writing time untangling them. Things are better now, but the struggle always makes me doubt my progress when I’m in the middle of it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Friday! It’ll be a struggle. It always is, but I believe I can make it work. It looks like it will be a warm but rainy day so I probably won’t be too tempted to take a long walk after I finish my errands. Hopefully that will translate to more time for writing.

May 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 169,229
  • Today’s word count: 50
  • Thoughts: As soon as the day go started I knew I wasn’t going to write much today. I felt off. I ended up reading a decent amount, but writing just wasn’t going to happen. My mind just felt drained. I didn’t have anything to give so I took in the writing of others instead.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can get back to writing. I need to get this scene done as soon as possible. I was finally starting to make progress and I don’t want to completely lose that.

May 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 169,236
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was terrible. I just didn’t feel like myself. I couldn’t settle on anything. Even picking out something to watch on Netflix was too difficult to focus on. Things got better later, but that was mostly because I was spending time with my boyfriend and he kept my mind from going in circles.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel a bit more like myself and I’ll be able to write a decent amount. Anything more than 7 will be a win in my book. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

May 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 169,278
  • Today’s word count: 42
  • Thoughts: I seem to be in the midst of a streak of bad writing days. I wish I wasn’t. I also wish I knew why it was happening. Hopefully it won’t last much longer because it makes me feel terrible.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can write more. Weekends are always a little chaotic and strange. Maybe getting back to a weekday routine will jump start my writing again. I intend to keep trying so I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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Writing Progress May 11–17, 2020

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May 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 166,217
  • Today’s word count: 386
  • Thoughts: Another good writing day! I’m feeling great about my writing. I wish I knew what changed. It was like a switch flipped. Am I just in a better place mentally or did I just get past a sticky part of the story? It’s probably not the best sign that my writing is one of the only ways I can gauge how I’m doing these days. These are strange times.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep the good writing mojo going! Hopefully all I need to do is more of the same to keep it moving forward. I’m really excited to make more progress with this story.

May 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 166,751
  • Today’s word count: 534
  • Thoughts: This was another good writing day! I’m on a streak now! I can’t remember the last time I had a streak of good writing days. Usually I have streaks of bad writing days. I’m so excited to keep this up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. There’s so much good writing energy built up in my system right now. I think I’ll be able to keep it going as long as I don’t get hit with a migraine or something similar. Let’s not let that happen.

May 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 166,856
  • Today’s word count: 105
  • Thoughts: I was writing. It was a pretty average day until the allergies hit. My eyes were so itchy. I decided to give up and call it a night instead of making myself miserable for a couple hundred words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: No more allergies! I guess it’s finally that time of year here so I’ll be taking precautions to prevent my allergies from getting the best of me. Hopefully I’ll get back on track with my writing. I want more productive days.

May 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 167,399
  • Today’s word count: 543
  • Thoughts: I’m back! It was just one bad day! I was so afraid I’d lost the writing mojo again, but it was just a blip. I’m still capable of writing. That’s a relief. Everything went perfectly today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have to go outside and get groceries. It’s going to be stressful. I’m going to be anxious. Once I’m home, I’m going to need a lot of time to unwind. Hopefully I’ll manage to write after I’m feeling calm again. I don’t want to miss a day of writing if I can help it.

May 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 167,587
  • Today’s word count: 188
  • Thoughts: Things went about as well as I could have hoped. Fridays are hard. Going out and dealing with the grocery store is beyond stressful these days and it was always stressful for me in before things got scary out there. At least I managed to write, right?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see if I can write more than I wrote today. If I can manage that, I’ll be pretty happy. Weekends are weird so I want to keep my expectations low. There’s no point in setting myself up for disappointment.

May 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 167,890
  • Today’s word count: 303
  • Thoughts: For a while I thought today was going to be a complete loss. I was distracted and exhausted. Then I went to bed and refused to take a nap even though I knew I needed it. After that the writing part of my brain finally switched on and I managed to write something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Have a normal day. That sounds boring, but I want a quiet, normal day so I can concentrate on reading and writing. It’ll be such a nice day if I can make it work.

May 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 168,051
  • Today’s word count: 161
  • Thoughts: This wasn’t a good day for writing. I read a decent amount, but when I sat down to write I was stuck. The words didn’t want to come out and the ones I managed to eventually coax out don’t seem to fit right. Maybe I just need to rewrite what I wrote today tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I hope it will be better than today. I shouldn’t be too hard to beat today. I just need to write a bit and have it be reasonably coherent.

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Writing Progress May 4–10, 2020

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May 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 164,385
  • Today’s word count: 573
  • Thoughts: Woohoo! Today was so much better than the last few days writing-wise. Things just clicked. It’s more magic than science. I wish I could figure out a formula I could follow to create a good writing day whenever I wanted. Maybe that’s too easy and writing needs to be more than a little bit magical.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see if I can capture a bit more of that writing magic. I don’t know if it will work, but it definitely won’t if I don’t try. I’m excited to make more progress!

May 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 164,645
  • Today’s word count: 260
  • Thoughts: I was so sleepy today! I wanted to nap a lot more than I wanted to write. I thought I was going to fall asleep really early and hardly get any writing at all done at one point. Then I just sort of woke up and managed to write a bit. Honestly, I probably spent too much time picking at the part of the story I’m writing and fiddling with settings in Scrivener, but I got something done so I’m okay.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Be less sleepy! I’m hoping for a good night’s sleep so I can concentrate on what needs to be done.

May 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 164,861
  • Today’s word count: 216
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m starting to fall into a writing routine again. That’s good! I just wish that my routine involved a few hundred more words a day. I guess I can still try to reach for it, but I also want to be in a place where I can be satisfied with what I am doing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more than today! It shouldn’t be too hard, but I have a feeling it won’t be easy either. I’m falling into a 200-ish word rut. I can feel it.

May 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 165,172
  • Today’s word count: 311
  • Thoughts: I pushed myself a bit today and I managed to write a bit more than yesterday. It kept me from falling into a rut that I was afraid was just around the corner. Maybe I can keep moving forward and get into a better, more productive routine in the future?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday. It’s going to be a little different from usual, but I still have errands to run so I don’t know what will happen with my writing. I’m hoping I’ll managed to have a productive day.

May 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 165,296
  • Today’s word count: 128
  • Thoughts: Today was a huge mess. I don’t know how I wrote anything at all. I ended up with a migraine which led to a completely wrecked sleep schedule. I was certain today would be a complete loss, but I managed to write without even thinking about doing it. That’s always a nice surprise. Sometimes forming a habit pays off.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully the migraine will pass and I can get back to work. I’m going to sleep a lot so that should help.

May 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 165,350
  • Today’s word count: 54
  • Thoughts: My word count doesn’t look good, but I’m happy I wrote at all. The migraine was still there when I got up in the morning (afternoon). I thought I was going to have to call the whole day a bust. Somehow I managed to get some things done. Most of it was away from my computer. Screens were not my friend today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Write more. It’s gonna happen. I’m getting past this migraine and getting back to work. I need to write.

May 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 165,831
  • Today’s word count: 481
  • Thoughts: Wow! I had a good writing day today. It was unexpected. My sleep routine is wrecked. I thought I’d be drained of all creativity and motivation, but it just wasn’t the case today. I hope this is the start of a new pattern!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have to write more. After today I’m feeling so good about The Dreams. If I can keep the momentum going I’m going to be in such a good place with my writing. I’m on my way to the place I want to be.

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April CampNaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap Up

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Is anyone surprised I didn’t win Camp again?

I almost made it halfway to my goal. Woohoo!

It wasn’t the best or the worst Camp NaNoWriMo I’ve ever had. That surprised me. With the disastrous state of the world I expected something extreme. I was braced for either the worst month of writing ever or a sudden increase in productivity. Neither happened and I’m a little disappointed.

Overall, I had an enjoyable time. At least a few people in my writing group kept writing up until the end. The achievement feature helped make that apparent. Knowing others were still writing kept me motivated to keep going.

Am I still in love with my project? Of course! I was working on the middle of major rewrite of one of my favorite novels. I could have had the worst month ever and I would still love this story.

Camp was definitely the highlight of the month. I really wish there was more competition for the “best thing about April” award this year, but let’s be honest, there wasn’t much to be excited about.

I don’t want to think about what would have happened with my anxiety if I didn’t have a project to work on all month. I already spent too much of my time worrying even with a month-long distraction. It would have been so much worse if I only had Netflix and Hulu to occupy my time.

Did you win Camp NaNoWriMo? Was it a good distraction for you or did you find the added pressure to be a problem?

Writing Progress April 27–May 3, 2020

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April 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,821
  • Today’s word count: 291
  • Thoughts: I had a better day writing-wise today, but I got the feeling that my prose wasn’t the best. I guess I can fix it later, but it is still a little discouraging. I’m not sure what was wrong with what I was writing. It just didn’t seem to flow the way I thought it should.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I will not go back and mess with what I wrote today. I won’t. The only way to make progress is to move forward. There will be another draft after this one. I can fix any rough spots then.

April 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,260
  • Today’s word count: 439
  • Thoughts: Writing went so much better today. I thought for a while I would struggle again, but I was patient and eventually I managed to write a bit more easily. Unfortunately, it took me all day to get to this point again. I hate it when that happens (which is almost always).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have so many little things I need to get done tomorrow. Being busy will either completely ruin my chances or make me even more efficient and productive with my writing. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes it doesn’t.

April 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,490
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: This was such a Wednesday sort of day. Everything was right in the middle. Neither good nor bad. I wrote, but it wasn’t a ton of words. I’m not mad about it. Tomorrow might be a better day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. It’ll be the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo so there will be lots of fun, frantic writing energy bouncing around the internet all day. I just need to take advantage of it. We’ll see if it work at the end of the day.

April 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,638
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: I didn’t get that end of NaNoWriMo rush today. There was just a sort of muted feeling to the end of the month. None of my friends were still aiming to win by the end of the month so that might have helped sap my enthusiasm. At least I still wrote something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’ll be Friday but I’m going to try to be optimistic since it will be the start of a new month. I’m not feeling completely burned out the way I do most years at the end of NaNoWriMo so I should be able to keep moving forward.

May 1

I took an unexpected break today. I just didn’t have any motivation and after a while I found a ton of other things that needed to be taken care of and ended up doing them. It was a pretty productive day, but not a good writing day at all.

May 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,739
  • Today’s word count: 101
  • Thoughts: I wrote! For a while there I thought that I wasn’t going to write again. Then I started writing after I should have already been in bed. It’s weird how that happens, but I’m glad I managed to get the words in. It’s not a lot but it’s more than zero.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The plan is to have a chill day at home. I shouldn’t have to go anywhere or do much of anything. I have no idea if it will work out that way, but as long as I’m not dragged out of the house by some forgotten errand, I should have plenty of time to relax and write.

May 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 163,812
  • Today’s word count: 73
  • Thoughts: The minor writing slump continues. Without Camp NaNoWriMo to motivate me I’m really feeling the effects of living in isolation. I’m tempted to reach out and organize some sort of motivational network for the next month or two, but I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll burn out if I try to keep Camp NaNoWriMo energy going nonstop.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The goal remains the same. I’m going to write. I’m not sure how much. I’m not sure how happy I’ll be with what I manage to write, but I’m going to do it. Hopefully everything will be a little bit better soon.

 

It’s easy to get obsessed with being productive these days. A lot of people have more time on their hands than ever before. Doing something feels like a way to get through this, but we’re all worried, stressed, and out of our depth. Let’s work on being kind to ourselves during these strange, scary times.


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What I Read in April

April has been a month all about writing for years now thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo, but I often find I read more when I write more. This April was a pretty decent month for writing and reading.

Books I finished reading in April:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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Do you find that you read more when you write more? There’s just something magical about getting lost in words in more than one way. I wish I knew which came first. At the moment it seems like reading more might be a neat trick to get myself in the right mindset to write more.

What books did you read in April? Are there any books you are looking forward to reading in May?

Writing Progress April 20–26, 2020

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April 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 161,270
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: My focus just wasn’t there today. I had really high hopes for my ability to be productive and I fell short. there wasn’t anything in particular preventing me from writing. I was just feeling discouraged in general. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. These are weird, awful times and I’m stressed out enough as it is. I shouldn’t be piling more on top of what I can’t control.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. Like I said, I’m trying to keep the pressure low. I need to strike a balance between taking care of myself and getting things done. I have a feeling doing the first will lead to the second.

April 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 161,703
  • Today’s word count: 433
  • Thoughts: Yay! I managed to write more. It’s still not a ton of words, but I finished another scene today. Overall it was a pretty good day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’re getting to the end of Camp NaNoWriMo. I need to keep writing more and more each day if I’m going to win. I have my doubts that I’ll win (I never win Camp NaNoWriMo) but I have to keep trying!

April 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,055
  • Today’s word count: 352
  • Thoughts: I’m starting to notice a new norm in my writing routine. I’m “comfortable” while writing 300-400 words. Above that the day feels above average and word counts below that feel below average. The averages of my daily word counts since 2015 reflect this as well. My average words per day right now sits at 378. Yay for data! Now I just want to pull that average up a bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I guess I have to get to work on pulling that average up, don’t I? It’ll take a lot of hard work, but I know it will be worth it.

April 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,231
  • Today’s word count: 176
  • Thoughts: I just had a bad day. It happens sometimes. I’m not sure if anything caused it to happen today. I tried to write, but I wasn’t feeling it. I tried anyway. It went about as well as I expected.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday. I’m not counting on tomorrow being fantastic, but I’m hoping I can settle down and get some writing done after I get back from the grocery store. At least I don’t go out to more than one place these days. It’s just a shame even going to one store is so draining these days.

April 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,270
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: This might have been the most Friday of Fridays I’ve had in a while. I’m not happy about it, but it happened and now I need to live with it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Have a better Saturday. It honestly shouldn’t be too hard considering just how terrible this day was. Things would have to go very wrong to be worse than this.

April 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,316
  • Today’s word count: 46
  • Thoughts: If you want to see about how this today went in comparison to yesterday, all you need to do is look at my word counts. I’m not having a great weekend. These days I’m just feeling drained by worry and there’s a lot to worry about lately. It doesn’t leave a lot of room in my brain for writing stuff.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope I can get back to writing. There’s only so much worrying I can do. I’ll certainly try to worry beyond the limit, but even will have to stop eventually. Hopefully I can divert all that energy toward my writing immediately.

April 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 162,530
  • Today’s word count: 214
  • Thoughts: I managed to put some more energy toward writing today. It helped. Doing it made me feel a bit better. Writing was still a bit of struggle. Barely writing for a few days means I needed some time to get back into the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep the writing moving forward. Now that I’ve taken the time to get back into the story, I don’t want to lose my place again. I waste so much time getting the flow back to the story back after a break that I can’t keep swinging from productive to unproductive.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 Consistency!

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This month has been a great reminder that consistency is key.

Not every day is particularly productive. There have been days I barely wrote anything, but I sat down and wrote at least a few words. Doing that has made it so much easier to get to work on the days I feel up to writing more.

I don’t think my best writing days would have happened at all if I wasn’t writing something every day. My highest word count day of the month so far would not have happened at all if I wasn’t committed to writing at least a sentence or two. I went from no words at all for that day to forcing myself to write something before it got too late to suddenly having hundred of new words in Scrivener. It was great and it only happened because I want to go an entire month without missing a day of writing.

Although I’ve been loving the new groups for Camp NaNoWriMo, I’ve found one aspect of the NaNoWriMo website I hope they will change for the July Camp session. The achievements need some minor changes to work properly for Camp. Most of the NaNoWriMo achievements translate perfectly to Camp NaNoWriMo. They’re a great source of motivation and having them show up as notifications in the group message board helps keep things lively. The word count based achievements just don’t translate well to an event when people can choose to set their goal as more or less than the standard 50,000 words. It’s a little frustration to set a goal of 20,000 words and know that I can win the event without getting anywhere close to the 40k and 50k badges.

I’m not sure what I would do to change those badges for Camp NaNoWriMo. Maybe they would work better as percentages? What do you think?

How’s Camp NaNoWriMo going for you? Are you on track to reach your goal by April 30th? Let’s keep writing!

Writing Progress April 13–19, 2020

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April 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 105
  • Today’s word count: 158,384
  • Thoughts: Writing was going so well when I first sat down to get started. It didn’t last long. Headaches are becoming a common occurrence. It’s the stress from the current state of the world and my usual spring allergies/irritants fighting each other for the chance to cause me pain. I don’t know what to do other than manage the headaches and hope for better days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Rest, relax, write! I think I can do it. I’m going to have to concentrate on it. I’m terrible at relaxing. Whenever I have downtime I start to think and that leads to me jumping into something new.

April 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 158,987
  • Today’s word count: 603
  • Thoughts: I thought today was going to be a disaster. I woke up with my headache still going strong. Somehow I turned it around. I wish I could figure out how I did it so I could try to do it again, but I have no idea what happened. Hopefully I can do it again soon.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see what happens. Today has me feeling optimistic. Maybe I can do it again if I try.

April 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 159,636
  • Today’s word count: 649
  • Thoughts: Another pretty good day! I’m thrilled. I wasn’t sure this would be possible. I’m so optimistic now. I don’t know what changed. Do I really care? Maybe a little. I like to know my subconscious logic so I can manipulate it to my advantage. Sounds sneaky, but some days I have to trick myself into getting my work done. Okay… probably most days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. After two days of good writing sessions I’m feeling really good about my project and writing in general. It’s going so well. I want to keep it going.

April 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 159,773
  • Today’s word count: 137
  • Thoughts: I lost the great writing mojo. I’m super sad about it. I wish I knew what I did differently today so I could avoid doing it again. At this point, I can’t even guess. I thought I was going about my day in a similar way to yesterday, but something somewhere must have been different.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be the worst day of the week. I have to go to the grocery store for food. I know I’ll be completely drained when I come back. Maybe I find the energy to write somewhere, but I’m not counting on it.

April 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 160,013
  • Today’s word count: 240
  • Thoughts: I told myself I wanted to reach 160,000 words today and I did it. Having a small goal like that was probably the only thing that got me to write today. Going to the store drained me and I took most of the day to recharge. Writing didn’t happen until nighttime.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I should be at home all day. There has to be a decent amount of time I can use for writing. I just have to make it happen!

April 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 160,365
  • Today’s word count: 352
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad. I was distracted a lot today. There wasn’t much of anything actively distracting me. It was just my brain being stubborn and awful and it took me a while to get on track, but once I got there, I had a good time working on this latest scene. I think it’s a lot better than the last draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. The weather is supposed to be a lot nicer so I might grab my laptop and write near a sunny, open window for a little while in the afternoon.

April 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 161,122
  • Today’s word count: 757
  • Thoughts: I have no idea how this happened. I’m not complaining. These are the kind of days I wish I could have every day. Part of it was just accepting that I write late at night. I want to write during the day because I think I could get more done, but I just end up fighting my own mind and being less productive than I might be otherwise.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep writing. I know this is the same goal as always. However, after today’s success I feel like it is a more attainable goal than usual.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Optimism!

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This is unusual. Week 2 was so much better for me than week 1.

My word count wasn’t all that much larger than the first week of Camp, but I felt so much better about writing this week. The world is still scary and we’re still stuck in isolation, but I’m learning to accept it. Maybe I’m just numb now. Who knows.

Seeing all the achievements popping up in my Camp NaNoWriMo writing group has been super inspiring. It keeps the chat alive when we’re all too busy writing or procrastinating to initiate a conversation. It’s also an extra motivation to earn those badges. Other people can see them so I want to earn as many of them as I can.

I’m having a really good time with my project lately. I’ve put a lot of thought into this part of the story since writing the last draft and it is paying off. I know what I want to keep and what I want to change. It’s efficient and I hope the resulting rewrite will be that much closer to perfect.

There’s still a good chance I won’t win Camp this month. I’ve never won so I won’t be surprised. I’d love to break the losing streak, but I’m also pretty comfortable with my comically long track record of failing every single Camp event while more often than not winning the main NaNoWriMo event in November. Win or lose, having a bit more of a community online this month has been a blessing.

If you’re feeling bored or lonely, say hi! I’m usually around. There’s no reason social distancing has to mean less socializing.

How’s Camp NaNoWriMo going for you? Did you find the second week to be easier than the first?