Writing Progress September 28–October 4, 2020

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September 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,453
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: This just wasn’t my day. I can’t really call it a bad day. I had some fun. I just couldn’t do anything that required concentration. My mind only wanted to wander. Once I realized it was happening I probably should have called it quits instead of frustrating myself by failing to focus over and over again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I hope I’ll have a better mindset after I sleep. If I do, I should be able to write a decent amount. If I’m still in a weird mood, I might take the day for reading.

September 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,504
  • Today’s word count: 51
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. I have energy. I have ideas. I don’t have any amount of focus. All day I jump from one thing to the next. Nothing is getting done. It’s not just writing that’s suffering.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write. I don’t know if it will happen. Before I can try to write, I need to figure out what is causing me to be so distracted. If I don’t know what’s wrong, I can’t address it.

September 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,746
  • Today’s word count: 242
  • Thoughts: I was ready to call it a night, shut off the computer and read for a bit when I decided to try writing just one more time. I don’t know if it was the late hour, the random playlist I picked on Spotify, or a bolt of inspiration, but I managed to write more than a few words!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want a repeat or better. It’d be great if I could pull it off before bedtime too. I’m probably asking too much of myself after the bad run I’ve had.

October 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,825
  • Today’s word count: 79
  • Thoughts: I’m still not back at 100% it seems. There’s a lot going on these days and existing in a bubble isn’t possible, even if I know it would make it easier to focus on being creative. I hate it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I’ll keep my expectations low. I want to write. Hopefully I’ll be able to carve out some time and muster up enough focus to make it happen.

October 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,834
  • Today’s word count: 9
  • Thoughts: Wow. This was such a Friday. I ended up having so many things to do that had nothing to do with writing. It was a great day, though. Old friends came back online. I watched some streaming spooky movies with friends virtually. Writing might not have been a priority but it was refreshing. Maybe it will help my writing later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Time to get back to writing! I hope my refreshed energy will stick around and I can put it to good use. I have a lot of words to write.

October 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,870
  • Today’s word count: 36
  • Thoughts: I really did think I would be able to write more today. It just didn’t turn out that way. Today wasn’t a bad day. I just allowed myself to be a lot more distracted than I planned. I wanted to write but breaking away from the distractions was almost impossible. The next thing I knew, it was time to go to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want is a good day of writing. I’m willing to do almost anything to make it happen. If I have to go to bed early to reset my mind, I’ll do it. If I have to switch off the internet all day, I’ll do it. This draft needs to be written and I need to get past whatever is holding me back.

October 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,990
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: Today went a bit better than the last few days. Am I bouncing back? I don’t know what to expect. I had a good day a few days ago and it didn’t stick. It’s too soon to get my hopes up. I’ll just have to keep working on writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as I write I’ll be happy. If I write more than today I’ll be thrilled. My expectations are low. Maybe I’ll start aiming higher after I get back on track.

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What I Read in September

September flew by so fast. I’d say it was a very average month for reading. I wasn’t racing through books, but I wasn’t avoiding reading either.

Books I finished reading in September:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in September? Are there any books you’re looking forward to reading in October?

I know I need to pick at least one spooky book to read for Halloween this month.

Writing Progress September 21–27, 2020

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September 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,523
  • Today’s word count: 101
  • Thoughts: Things went a little bit better today. I still wouldn’t call it a good day, but I felt like I had a decent chunk of time where I could actually think about my writing. It’s just always a little difficult to jump right back into writing a ton after having a period of difficulty with my writing. Hopefully this improvement will continue and it’ll become easier.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course! I have hope that things will continue to get better. I think I’m past the worst of this period of stress and anxiety. I just need to be more mindful of how I’m treating myself, especially this year.

September 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,667
  • Today’s word count: 144
  • Thoughts: I think I’m still improving. It’s hard to tell. Today was more chaotic than yesterday so the fact that I managed to write more should be a good sign.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll managed to write more again? That’s where I want to go. NaNoWriMo really isn’t all that far away at this point. I need to get serious about rebuilding my writing muscles, both in my fingers/arms and in my brain.

September 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,908
  • Today’s word count: 241
  • Thoughts: I did it! I’m writing more words every day. Maybe I’m officially back on track now? It’s too soon to tell. For now I’m going to keep an eye on my mental state and keep working toward my goals. As long as I’m doing okay, I think I can keep writing more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t have anywhere to go. As long as I don’t distract myself, I should have plenty of time to write. I’ll probably end up distracted for at least part of the day, but that should still leave enough time to write something.

September 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,084
  • Today’s word count: 176
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write as much or more than yesterday. I had the will and the time. I just somehow managed to mess up one of my wrists a bit. It slowed me down and convinced me to call it quits before I normally would have stopped trying for the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write. I don’t know if I will write much. It’ll be Friday, my most unpredictable, chaotic day every single week. Something will happen. I will try to be happy with what I manage to get done.

September 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,186
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: Today didn’t feel like a good day of writing, but for a Friday, I think I did a decent job of making time to sit down and at least attempt to write. I got some words down so it wasn’t a complete disaster.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It looks like it’s going to be a warm and rainy Saturday. I’ll be sticking close to home. Hopefully I’ll find plenty of time to write among all the other things I want to do. I just want to get more things done.

September 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,284
  • Today’s word count: 98
  • Thoughts: Today ended up being a very strange day. I thought I would be able to write a lot or words. I definitely had the time, but I got distracted. I’m not too mad about it. The distractions I had were the sort that refilled my creative well a bit. Hopefully I will have more energy and inspiration to put into my writing later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I should be able to find plenty of time to write. The problem will be keeping my focus on writing. Sometimes having too much time and freedom allows me to mentally wander off and lose hours to what amounts to nothing.

September 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 196,428
  • Today’s word count: 144
  • Thoughts: I thought Sunday would be a good, quiet day for writing. I tried to make it the perfect time for creative work, but I am just too easily distracted. The internet is just too tempting. I might have to shut off my wifi in the future just to give myself a fighting chance at a really good writing day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll try turning off the internet tomorrow. Maybe not. I like the idea of removing a huge distraction to get more work done, but I have to deal with the fear or missing out on everything.

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Writing Progress September 14–20, 2020

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September 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 194,850
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote a bit more than the last handful of days. I’m still not feeling like I’m operating at 100% but I think I’m getting there. I just need to be patient with myself. I’ll get back to where I need to be in time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As long as I get enough sleep I think I’ll be able to write even more than today. I won’t aim too high, but I seem to be ready to start climbing out of this writing abyss. Hopefully I won’t fall back down.

September 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,199
  • Today’s word count: 349
  • Thoughts: Yay! I feel like I got back on track today. I don’t know exactly what changed. Maybe I finally go enough rest. My anxiety certainly didn’t disappear. I just managed to redirect my anxiety into something productive today. I wish I knew how I did it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can keep up the momentum. It might be tricky since I don’t know exactly what changed to make today work so well. I have a bit of momentum behind me and plenty of time to dedicate to writing tomorrow so we’ll see how I make use of that.

September 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,201
  • Today’s word count: 2
  • Thoughts: Things just didn’t go my way today. I was hopeful. I saw how things went yesterday and was almost certain I was back on track. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan on my anxiety coming back as bad if not worse than before. I tried to write. You can see how far I got.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe after a good night’s sleep things will look better. I hope I can get a good night’s sleep. I know I’m exhausted so that should make falling asleep easier despite the anxiety still swirling around in my brain.

September 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,262
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: I had a bit more energy today, but it still wasn’t a lot. Maybe I just need to keep resting up for a while until I actually feel capable of writing again. Things won’t change unless I give them time to change.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Who knows? Fridays will always be unpredictable for me. I will try to rest as much as possible and see what I can manage to write if I feel like it.

September 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,298
  • Today’s word count: 36
  • Thoughts: I can’t really say today was a bad day. It was a Friday. I was distracted and drained by the stuff I have to do every week on Friday. I’m just happy I managed to sit down and attempt to write. It puts me in a better place to continue tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: My area is making a definite switch into fall weather. I’m going to make tea, get cozy and try to write as much as I can. That’s the plan, at least. I don’t know what I’ll actually end up doing. These days I never really know.

September 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,368
  • Today’s word count: 70
  • Thoughts: I hoped for more, but I’m not too disappointed with what I got. My day didn’t go entirely as expected, but it was a really nice day anyway. I treated my boyfriend to burgers for the first time in months. That was a distraction from writing, but I feel like it it was more than worth it. Doing something different helped refill my creative reserves.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It should be a quiet, chilly Sunday. Making tea and wrapping up in cozy blankets at my keyboard sounds like a perfect way to encourage a lot of writing.

September 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 195,385
  • Today’s word count: 54
  • Thoughts: I thought today would be a lot different from the way it worked out. That’s just the way things happen sometimes. I started the day intending to write so much. I didn’t know I’d run out of energy and brainpower by lunchtime.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to sleep a lot. Then I’m going to start a new week with a fresh perspective. Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox so it feels like a good time to try to start over again.

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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

daily writing progress

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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