Writing Progress March 30–April 5, 2020

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March 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,010
  • Today’s word count: 35
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. I’m still not sleeping well. It’s hurt my writing. Not writing much at all is starting to eat at me. I have the words in me and they feel trapped by my mind being fogged over. I’m tired and stressed and generally struggling. Something needs to change.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep! I’m going to try to force myself to sleep in. I can’t do much about external stressors, but I can at least make an effort to reduce the strain on my mind and body caused by lack of sleep. Maybe I’ll feel more like writing if I’m less sleep deprived.

March 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,064
  • Today’s word count: 54
  • Thoughts: I almost didn’t write at all. I tried to justify it by thinking of it as saving my writing energy for after midnight. Then I decided I didn’t want to waste the writing energy I had. I didn’t write much, but something is better than nothing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Camp NaNoWriMo! My goal for April is 20,000 words. It’s going to be a stretch compared to what I’ve been achieving lately, but I think I can do it. I’ll have a community of writers backing me up with their writing energy.

April 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,366
  • Today’s word count: 302
  • Thoughts: This was about average for the first day of a NaNoWriMo event for me. I hardly ever reach my word count target on the first day. That goes double for any Camp NaNoWriMo event. I never do well at these things, but I have so much fun trying.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I wonder if I’ll manage to get caught up on the second day of camp? The only way to find out is to try!

April 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,696
  • Today’s word count: 330
  • Thoughts: I’m making progress. I’m still not hitting my word count goal for each day for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m getting there and the progress I’m making is more important than hitting a rather arbitrary goal. This is such a strange, scary time so now more than ever I’m going to celebrate any creative work I manage to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I have to venture out into the world and run my weekly errands. It’s stressful under ordinary circumstances so tomorrow should be extra stressful. We’ll see what I feel like doing after that.

April 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,806
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: Somehow Fridays are still Fridays even in these unusual times. I’m exhausted. I’m stressed out. I’m still trying to write. I managed some words, but I definitely feel like it isn’t enough. That’ something I’m trying to work on. There’s so much going on in the world today. I need to stop thinking of my efforts as not enough. I’m only dragging myself down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I have time. I just need to figure out how to get myself to use it for writing. It’s so easy to fall down a rabbit hole of dread and worry these days.

April 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,910
  • Today’s word count: 104
  • Thoughts: Another not so great day… I wish I could finally break out of this cycle. This just isn’t a great time to push to do more. I don’t want to make myself more miserable when my options for ways to cheer up are so limited.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’ll see how it goes. I’m trying to write, but I’m slipping back into not sleeping enough and worrying too much. I think getting out of that funk is going to take priority.

April 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 156,988
  • Today’s word count: 78
  • Thoughts: I started the day with high hopes. Those hopes were dashed by a migraine that started just before I had an opportunity to really focus on my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep. If things work out that way, I should have time to try to catch up on my writing. I’m not going to think about the possibility that I’ll still have a migraine. I want to think positive.

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Writing Progress March 23–29, 2020

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March 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,503
  • Today’s word count: 275
  • Thoughts: I pecked at my writing off and on all day. Then it was late and I felt like I hadn’t put in a serious, focused writing session. So I changed that at the last minute. It worked pretty well. I finished writing a scene and went to bed feeling accomplished.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I’ve broken out of whatever funk I was in. I’m able to write more than a few sentences. Now I feel like I have to keep it going or I’m going to lose it and spend weeks trying to get it back. We don’t want that right before Camp NaNoWriMo.

March 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,628
  • Today’s word count: 125
  • Thoughts: This wasn’t my day. I didn’t feel great. It was hard to focus. I tried anyway and ended up making myself miserable. I shouldn’t have done that. I need to remember it’s okay not to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Write words. It’ll happen eventually. If I’m not feeling great, I shouldn’t push myself. I’ll only make things worse for myself in the long term if I try to do more than I’m ready to handle.

March 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,764
  • Today’s word count: 136
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t turn things around today. I just wasn’t feeling my best and it made it impossible to get much of anything done. Going into today I was so optimistic. It just wasn’t meant to be. I tried to be kind to myself, but it is so hard to resist pushing myself because I want to be productive. I peer pressure myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write if I feel better. If I don’t, I need to give myself permission to rest. I just hope I feel better because I don’t want to end up fighting myself again.

March 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,851
  • Today’s word count: 87
  • Thoughts: I had another bad day. It seems like this is turning into a bad week, but I know there’s still time for things to turn around! I’m not sure which started it but my mind and body are both in a bad place right now. Instead of writing, I just want to curl up with a book or wrap myself in a million blankets and watch TV. I don’t have the energy to create, but I have a need for escapism.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’re back to Friday and it should be as close to my usual Friday routine as things can be these days. I need to go out for groceries. After that, who knows what will happen. I’m going to try to write, but I won’t pressure myself.

March 27

No writing progress made. Today wasn’t my day. I had a terrible night’s sleep followed by errands I had no choice about doing. I was drained and exhausted. Maybe I could have pushed myself to write, but I didn’t have the energy to even attempt it. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day?

March 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,889
  • Today’s word count: 38
  • Thoughts: After having an unplanned day off yesterday, I’m not surprised I struggled to get back into my writing today. I was still exhausted and my focus just wasn’t there. I’m hoping to recover and get back to business as usual with my writing soon.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should have a decently long stretch of time to focus on my writing. If I plan properly, there shouldn’t be much standing in my way. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

March 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,975
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: Today was exhausting. I haven’t been sleeping well and I had a busy day before I had a chance to sit down and write. For a while I honestly thought I would fall asleep before I even made it to bed. Then I felt better. Not great, but I felt better and wrote a bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll get a ton of sleep and I can start the week in a good position. Camp NaNoWriMo will be starting on Wednesday. There’s plenty to be excited about this coming week!

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Writing Progress March 16–22, 2020

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March 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,055
  • Today’s word count: 109
  • Thoughts: My anxiety was through the roof today. It was terrible. Things are not getting better or simpler. There’s so much uncertainty. My writing should be an escape, but I’m struggling to get to the point of being able to focus on it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Ignore the world, get cozy and write!

March 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,273
  • Today’s word count: 218
  • Thoughts: Not great, but better. I’m improving my “ignore the world” skills somewhat. I still get sucked into the news and feel my anxiety growing, but I also managed to step away and take a break. That’s progress. I can’t expect myself to be perfect on the first day of trying. Of all the steps, I think I struggled with getting cozy the most. Staying warm on days when it’s just not quite cold enough to run the heat is hard! I can only drink so much tea and coffee, after all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same. Maybe I’ll find a way to make tea warm me up for more than a few minutes. Maybe I need to figure out a way to make my fingerless gloves even warmer?

March 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,395
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. There’s too much bad news in the world and I keep getting sucked into it because it feels too urgent to ignore. I know I should be taking breaks for my mental health, but I just end up worrying more. Writing should be an escape from that. It works pretty well until I pause for any reason. Once I stop, it’s so hard to start again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Don’t be discouraged. The more I write, the better I feel. I have to keep trying to write.

March 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,459
  • Today’s word count: 64
  • Thoughts: This was just a bad day. I couldn’t get started. Then I finally felt like I could settle down and write and I got a headache. The derailed all my plans. It’s unfortunate, but it happens sometimes.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be a bit of an unusual Friday for me. I’m not running errands which might make it easier to get some work done. I’m looking forward to trying to write as many words as possible. Maybe a change in my weekly routine is what I’ve needed?

March 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,544
  • Today’s word count: 85
  • Thoughts: My writing goals got pushed to the side today. I went into the day intending to write plenty of words. Then I ended up playing a game. I wrote a bit while playing the game. Later I watched my boyfriend play a game. I meant to write while I watched him play, but I barely wrote anything. It was a fun day, but not a particularly productive one.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping I’ll be able to write more. I have errands to run in the morning (not looking forward to that with the way things have been lately) but after that I should have plenty of time to focus on writing more words.

March 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 154,651
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: I managed to write more today. Somehow. Honestly, I felt like I didn’t have the emotional or physical energy to write at all. I sat down and thought I’d write a couple words to be able to say I wrote something today. I wrote a bit more and I’m not complaining.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It’s hard to stay focused these days, but I have to keep going. I’d feel so much worse if I stopped writing.

March 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 155,228
  • Today’s word count: 577
  • Thoughts: Wow! I struggled today. First it was general internet distractions. Then it was my cats demanding my full attention. Somehow I managed to write more than any other day this week. It was surprising. I’m thrilled with my productivity. I want to do it again, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I can’t manage it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m sure I’ll write something. Maybe I’ll have another great day.

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Writing Progress March 9–15, 2020

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March 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,439
  • Today’s word count: 143
  • Thoughts: I thought today was going to end up being a disaster. For a long time my attempts to write were going terribly. I seriously considered giving up and going to bed. However, close to bedtime I managed to buckle down and write a handful of decent sentences. I’m not complaining.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. The optimist in me believes I can keep the momentum from late tonight going tomorrow. It’s not impossible, but past experience tells me it isn’t too likely. We’ll see what happens! I’m going to stay positive.

March 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,527
  • Today’s word count: 88
  • Thoughts: I picked at the story today, but I couldn’t get into the process of writing. My enthusiasm was at a low point. There’s too much else going on in the world. I try to avoid news until after I’ve made some progress with my writing for the day but I failed at that today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Avoid the news. Write all the words. Let’s get this thing done. I know I’m getting close to the end of the draft. I want to finish it so I can move on to the next step with The Dreams and start my next project as well!

March 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,585
  • Today’s word count: 58
  • Thoughts: I was struggling again. This time I allowed myself to get distracted and once I was distracted I couldn’t get back to work. It’s my own fault. Fortunately, I was distracted by reading so I was at least surrounded by words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Be less distracted. Write more. Maybe still find time to read. I know when I get into these moods I struggle to stop reading something I’ve already started. I’ll at least try to pace myself and write during breaks from reading.

March 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,673
  • Today’s word count: 88
  • Thoughts: I think I pinpointed why I’m having trouble writing lately. I’m anxious. There’s a lot to be anxious about these days and it’s pretty hard to get away from the constant bombardment of increasingly distressing news. I’m not happy with the way it is affecting my writing, but I’m trying to accept that I can only do so much about it. I’ll just keep hoping tomorrow will be less stressful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Friday is back again. I’m not sure how things are going to go. I still have to go to the store and I have a feeling it will be an even more anxiety inducing experience than usual. I don’t know if I will have the mental energy to write after that. Maybe I will need to write to escape?

March 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,683
  • Today’s word count: 10
  • Thoughts: Today was everything I feared. I experienced absolute chaos when I went to the grocery store. It left me completely drained. I tried to write. That didn’t go very well. Then I changed gears and cleaned up a scene to post on Patreon. That worked out better. At least I was somewhat productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll manage to write. I hope so. I’m just going to do my best. There’s not much else I can do.

March 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,807
  • Today’s word count: 124
  • Thoughts: Another day full of stress. I managed to write a bit more today, but it was really hard to focus on something productive. Every time I had an opportunity to sit down and write I found myself sucked into worrying about the state of the world. However, I tried and had a little bit of success. I’ll take it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s going to be hard to keep my mind off the state of the world, but I think it is more than worth the effort. I don’t want to spend all my time worrying.

March 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,946
  • Today’s word count: 139
  • Thoughts: Today looked like it was going to be a total failure for the longest time. Then I just felt a small burst of motivation. I jumped on it and got a bit of work done before life caught up with me again. If I could just get the hang of blocking out the world for a while each day I know I could get so much more done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Less worrying. It’s easier said than done, but I have to keep trying. It’s good for me. I can’t live my life if I’m constantly stressed about things outside of my control.

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Writing Progress March 2 – 8, 2020

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March 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 152,327
  • Today’s word count: 121
  • Thoughts: The words didn’t want to come out today. I sat and stared at the blinking cursor. I pleaded with the words to vacate my brain and join their brethren on the screen. The words scoffed at my pleas and refused to budge multiple times. I needed a different strategy. I wait hours for the words to get sleepy and drop their guard. Then I pounced and dragged a couple handful of those words out into the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, easier writing. Will it be possible? I honestly have no idea. Luck will have to be on my side if I’m suddenly going to have a spectacular day of writing.

March 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 152,721
  • Today’s word count: 394
  • Thoughts: What happened? What made this day so much more productive than other days? I wish I knew! Writing is so hard sometimes. Other times, it comes so easily. I wouldn’t say today was an easy writing day, but it was easier than most days lately.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I have another day like today? I hope so! Is it possible it will be even better than today? I don’t know, but I’m going to try to make it happen!

March 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 152,850
  • Today’s word count: 129
  • Thoughts: I hoped for another day like yesterday. It just didn’t happen. Today was a painfully ordinary day of writing. I want to get away from this ordinary and make yesterday’s productivity more ordinary. We’re getting there, but I’m not there yet. I’ll keep working on it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I shouldn’t have too much distracting me. If I can keep my own mind on task, it could be a great day of writing. I can’t wait to report back with the results of my effort.

March 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 152,999
  • Today’s word count: 149
  • Thoughts: I thought today was going to end up being a disaster for my writing. I tried and failed to write so many times. Then, just as I was getting ready for bed, the floodgates opened. I was able to write. If I wasn’t about to fall asleep at my keyboard, I could have written so much more. I only stopped because I knew I was too tired to go on. Why can’t these things happen at a reasonable hour?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I just want to write something. My day is going to be chaotic. It’s the way Fridays always are for me. If I can just get some words down, I’ll be so happy.

March 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,016
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I surprised? Of course not. Today ended up being everything I’m afraid of on Fridays. I was busy in the morning. Then I was emotionally drained from being so busy. It took me ages to recover. Once I did, I was too tired to do much writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to try to write more. It shouldn’t be too hard, but I’m still worried whether or not it will work out.

March 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,146
  • Today’s word count: 130
  • Thoughts: I had no idea what to expect from today. I wanted to write, of course. The bar was set pretty low. Writing more than I did yesterday wouldn’t take long. I succeeded. That part didn’t take long. However, the writing I did was broken up into almost single sentence burst throughout the day. That’s not normal for me. It didn’t end horribly so I won’t say it shouldn’t happen again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I have obligations that will take me away from my writing for at least part of the day, but the evening/night should be all mine. We’ll see what I can make with it.

March 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 153,296
  • Today’s word count: 150
  • Thoughts: I was busy today and I still managed to write. I’m impressed. Usually I would consider today to be a loss and go to bed. Somehow I turned today around. I’m pretty happy with how I did.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. I don’t want to bother with anything else. I probably won’t be able to achieve this, but I can at least put writing at the top of my priority list.

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Writing Progress February 24 – March 1, 2020

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February 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,646
  • Today’s word count: 228
  • Thoughts: Writing went pretty well today once I got started. As usual, getting started was the problem. I probably stayed up later than I should have trying to write. At least I wrote more than a hundred words today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling pretty motivated and I don’t want to lose that. I feel like skipping a day will really mess things up at this point.

February 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,714
  • Today’s word count: 68
  • Thoughts: This just wasn’t a good day. My sleep wasn’t all that great, following a trend started last week. I’m not sure what’s going on there, but it’s making it hard to focus on anything and I’ve fallen behind on a lot of my daily tasks. That has to change.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Better sleep, I hope. That should lead to an easier time with writing. Hopefully I’ll have enough time to catch up on other tasks as well.

February 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 151,893
  • Today’s word count: 181
  • Thoughts: I slept better and it seemed to make a bit of a difference. I wasn’t expecting more sleep to be a magical cure and it worked about as well as I could have expected. My progress today was slow and steady. On an average day I get a decent burst of writing in at some point. Today was a bit different. I picked away at the story. I tweaked things I’d written days ago and then I wrote a sentence or two of new words. I felt really productive and I think a bit of it shows.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More sleep for more writing! I’ve been running on fumes lately so having some success after a decent amount of sleep was just the excuse I needed to get caught up on my sleep. I’m gonna sleep a lot to write a lot!

February 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 152,045
  • Today’s word count: 152
  • Thoughts: My writing routine was different from usual today. Instead of writing in short bursts while a ton of focus, I wrote a little bit here and there while not having all of my focus on any one thing. I don’t know if this was better or worse than my usual way of writing. The results seem awfully similar. Maybe I’ll feel differently when I go back to edit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’ll be struggling to write since it will be Friday. I have errands to run in the morning. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to concentrate in the afternoon.

February 28

No writing progress made. I messed around with Scrivener 3 beta a bit but I didn’t actually get any writing done today. I’m not surprised, but I am a little disappointed.

February 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 152,075
  • Today’s word count: 30
  • Thoughts: I wrote something! My day was a little bit hectic and it shows. I managed to find a few minutes to write. Then I had to go out and deal with real life responsibilities for a while. When I came back home, I ended up hanging out with my boyfriend, making food and then playing a game online with friends. It wasn’t a great day for writing, but it might be the best day overall I’ve had in a while.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m planning on having a quiet day at home. That should give me the potential to write a lot of words. I don’t know if everything will work out, but right now the odds looks like they’re in my favor.

March 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 152,206
  • Today’s word count: 131
  • Thoughts: I barely remember writing. I checked my word count and suddenly there were more words there. It’s great, but a little weird. The words were definitely written by me. It sounds like me. It’s too bad I don’t remember much about writing it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The plan is to stay home and write. We’ll see if either parts of that plan work out the way I think it will. It would also be nice to remember the process of writing the words, even if there is something magical about forgetting and seeing the words appear.

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Writing Progress February 17 – 23, 2020

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February 17

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

February 18

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

February 19

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

February 20

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

February 21

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

February 22

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

February 23

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

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Writing Progress February 10 -16, 2020

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February 10

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

February 11

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

February 12

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

February 13

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

February 14

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

February 15

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

February 16

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

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Writing Progress February 3 – 9, 2020

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February 3

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

February 4

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

February 5

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

February 6

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

February 7

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

February 8

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

February 9

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

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Writing Progress January 27 – February 2, 2020

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January 27

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

January 28

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

January 29

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

January 30

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

January 31

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

February 1

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

February 2

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

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