Writing Progress June 29–July 5, 2020

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June 29

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

June 30

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

July 1

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

June 2

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

June 3

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

June 4

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

June 5

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

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Writing Progress June 22–28, 2020

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June 22

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

June 23

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

June 24

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

June 25

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

June 26

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

June 27

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

June 28

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

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Writing Progress June 15–21, 2020

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June 15

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

June 16

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

June 17

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

June 18

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

June 19

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

June 20

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

June 21

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

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Writing Progress June 8–14, 2020

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June 8

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

June 9

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

June 10

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

June 11

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

June 12

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

June 13

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

June 14

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

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Writing Progress June 1–7, 2020

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June 1

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

June 2

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

June 3

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

June 4

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

June 5

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

June 6

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

June 7

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

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Writing Progress May 25–31, 2020

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May 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 169,685
  • Today’s word count: 407
  • Thoughts: I’m back on track! It just clicked today. I sat down to write for a little while and it happened. What was different today? I’m actually not sure, but whatever changed, it changed in a good way. I’m satisfied.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I should have a quiet day at home so distractions should be at a minimum. No phone calls. No errands. Just the usual dangers of the internet and video games. Most days I can handle those well enough.

May 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 170,240
  • Today’s word count: 555
  • Thoughts: Another good day! I’m feeling great. Days like today give me life. I’m not getting thousands of new words in a single day like some people I see on social media, but the words I’m getting at this point are good, solid words. I don’t think I’ll be changing much at all from this section of the draft going forward.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m reaching for another good writing day. The motivation is there. As long as the day doesn’t completely grind me into the ground, I should be able to get a decent number of words written. I’m feeling really positive.

May 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 170,683
  • Today’s word count: 443
  • Thoughts: I have no idea how I managed to write today. I spent most of the day texting with my sister while waiting for my nephew to be born. Maybe it was just the right kind of distraction from my writing to actually make writing a little easier. I have no idea how distracting myself to productivity works.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, or course! Also, waiting for my nephew to be born since that didn’t happen today. It should be a pretty crazy day.

May 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 170,921
  • Today’s word count: 238
  • Thoughts: My nephew was born today! I was tired from staying up and texting with my sister overnight while she was in the hospital. I wrote a bit but I was pretty exhausted. I thought it wasn’t a good idea to push myself when I knew there was a reason behind my lack of productivity. Even so, it was a pretty decent day of writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. I’m not sure if I’ll be caught up on my sleep and I know that I’ll be out of sorts from running errands. My expectations will have to be low.

May 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 170,945
  • Today’s word count: 24
  • Thoughts: Today was about as much of a disaster as I expected it to be. Fridays are almost always bad. Today was no exception. The day had its ups and downs but none of the ups were particularly related to writing. Oh well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can get back on track with my writing. I should have a good stretch of quiet time at home to focus. As long as nothing goes wrong, I think I can make it work.

May 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,015
  • Today’s word count: 70
  • Thoughts: I’m just not having good luck writing on the weekends. There are too many distractions. I have other things I want to do. There are things I can’t really do on my own so I get them done on the weekends when my boyfriend is home and has the time/energy to tackle it with me. It’s just not a good situation for writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want a quiet Sunday. It’s supposed to be a lot cooler (more like spring) and I’m hoping I can make tea, sit down, and write a ton of words. It’ll be great if it works out.

May 31

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 171,039
  • Today’s word count: 24
  • Thoughts: Today just wasn’t my day. I was distracted and distressed. I made the mistake of going on social media and the state of the world had me worried and stressed. I didn’t feel much like writing after that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to try to stay away from social media until I’m satisfied with my productivity for the day. I’m worried, but I also can’t afford to expose myself to so many worries that I’m frozen. I can stay informed and continue to create things. I just need to be careful about what order I do them.

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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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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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