Writing Progress January 13 – 19, 2020

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January 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,866
  • Today’s word count: 132
  • Thoughts: Another day with similar results. I think I’m starting to get impatient with my progress. I need to pick up the pace and push my limits. Obviously, this amount of writing is very comfortable for me. I want more!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see what happens if I push my limits. I’m pretty excited at the prospect of getting more words done every day. I want to make progress and get this story written. Things have to start moving faster since I’m already thinking about things I would improve in the next draft.

January 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,155
  • Today’s word count: 289
  • Thoughts: Improvement! Do you see it? I see it! It’s not a lot, but it’s something and at this point I’ll take just about anything that shows I’m not entirely stuck in a rut of barely being able to produce words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same or even better. I’m not going to push myself to daily improvement just yet. After the last month or so (and honestly more if we ignore NaNoWrimo) I have a long history of bad writing days to overcome. It won’t be easy, but I think I can make it easier by not expecting my improvement to come in leaps and bounds.

January 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,618
  • Today’s word count: 463
  • Thoughts: Wow! I improved again today! I’m so excited to be making all this progress with this project. I want to get somewhere with my writing this year and more days like this will make that happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I reach 500 words in a single day? I might manage it. There’s a lot of motivation in the air these days. I have to give it a try.

January 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,785
  • Today’s word count: 167
  • Thoughts: My plans were derailed. As soon as I heard Christopher Tolkien died, I lost all motivation. I tried to write and it didn’t go all that well, obviously.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday. I’ll just be happy if I manage to write. A more lofty goal would be to get back on track with the trend I started earlier this week.

January 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,818
  • Today’s word count: 33
  • Thoughts: Another Friday went exactly as expected. I got busy. I got distracted. I barely wrote. It’s something, but is it enough? It’s what I have so I think it’ll have to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s supposed to be a snowy day so I’ll be staying inside and hiding from the nasty weather. Let’s hope writing will come easily to me after a couple off days.

January 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 146,932
  • Today’s word count: 114
  • Thoughts: Writing wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Honestly, the weather was a major distraction. It’s hard to tear my eyes away from the sight of people struggling to get their cars down the street. My cats love watching it and their intense focus on the events happen outside the window always makes me want to see what is going on too.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know what to expect. I’m going to be participating in Community Day for Pokemon Go so I’ll be out of the house for a large chunk of the day. In theory, I should be able to write after I get home, but I know things rarely work out like I plan.

January 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 147,044
  • Today’s word count: 112
  • Thoughts: Everything went about how I predicted. Community Day was fun. I ended up doing a few more things while I was out of the house as well so I was away from my keyboard for a little bit longer than a few hours. I also managed to mess up my back somehow so I was pretty miserable once I did come home. It’s a miracle I managed to write at all instead of going straight to bed to mope.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m hoping my back will be better tomorrow so I can sit at my desk and get some work done without too much suffering. Only my characters should suffer, after all.

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Writing Progress January 6 – 12, 2020

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January 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,147
  • Today’s word count: 12
  • Thoughts: I was having a really off day. My migraine was still lingering. It took a lot of my energy and ability to focus. I beat myself up over it, but I’m probably too hard on myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m confident I’ll feel better soon. As soon as that happens, I’ll get to work on writing. It’ll be great. My lack of writing isn’t from lack of enthusiasm, it’s just bad luck with my health. I just want to keep bad habits from forming while I’m working on feeling normal again.

January 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,290
  • Today’s word count: 143
  • Thoughts: I’m getting better. Today I felt mostly normal. That was such a relief. It’s hard getting back into a routine after having a stretch of miserable days. I’m working on it, but it will take a bit more time and effort. Days like this make me wish I could just flip a switch and have everything be “normal” again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should feel even better so there’s no reason I can’t keep building my writing stamina back up. It shouldn’t be hard. The hard part will be keeping bad habits from creeping in and derailing me.

January 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,360
  • Today’s word count: 70
  • Thoughts: I had a bad day. It’s that simple. It just wasn’t a good mental health day. There wasn’t one big problem I could tackle. It was a bunch of little things distracting me and keeping me from getting enough of a handle on my thoughts to be productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully a good night’s sleep will reset my mind and I can have a more productive day tomorrow. Everything depends on getting the right amount and quality of sleep though. Sleep and I don’t always get along. Let’s hope it’ll play nice for once.

January 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,493
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Today was going great and then my mind got off track. My anxiety got way out of control and I just couldn’t write anymore. Eventually I just had to go to bed to stop myself from sending my stress levels through the roof.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write something. I don’t care how much I write. I just need to write something to break the Friday curse. I’m going to run errands, but I’ll have time after I get home.

January 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,619
  • Today’s word count: 126
  • Thoughts: Hey! This wasn’t a bad Friday after all. I was worried there for a while, but I managed to take a few minutes to sit down and write. I didn’t get much else related to my writing accomplished today, but I did at least get a few words down. That’s a win in my book.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s hope I can make some time for writing. I really don’t know what my Saturday will have in store for me. I want to have fun and spend time with people I care about, but I also want time to continue to write.

January 11

No progress made. I had so much fun today, but time got away from me.

I feel a little bad for not feeling more guilty. It was nice to spend a day just goofing off. I think I’ll stick to only feeling bad for not writing on days I didn’t enjoy.

January 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,734
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: Getting started today was an absolute nightmare. Maybe it was because I didn’t write yesterday. More likely I was just distracted and wanted to goof off and the responsible part of my mind wasn’t as in control as I might want.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m actually feeling pretty good about this upcoming week. The holidays are well in the past us now and my list of distractions is dwindling. I hope I can make use of it.

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Writing Progress December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

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December 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,399
  • Today’s word count: 152
  • Thoughts: I’m making progress! It’s still not a ton of words, but I can feel my focus coming back. Maybe I just needed to get past the chaos of Christmas to lure my writing mojo back. I know I struggled right after NaNoWriMo ended as well. It’s just been a hard month of trying to keep my mental health on an even keel.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I hope I can find some time to write. I need to get ready for a small get together at my place in the evening, but there should be a few hours of downtime I can use for writing.

December 31 and January 1

No writing progress made. I’m trying to be forgiving. It was a holiday and I was hosting a party. First I didn’t have time and then I didn’t have energy. I’ll make up for it the rest of the year, right?

January 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,512
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: I struggled to get back into writing today. I told myself I would write and then it just kept not happening. Eventually I found the words that had eluded me all day and I managed to write a bit before I needed to go to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be Friday and Fridays are always weird, but tomorrow is going to be an unusual Friday. I’m not sure if that will allow me to be more productive or if the distractions are just less obvious to me than usual.

January 3

No writing progress made. I didn’t feel terribly well and the curse of Friday hit pretty hard even though it wasn’t a typical Friday.

January 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,680
  • Today’s word count: 168
  • Thoughts: I still wasn’t feeling well today. I still had to go out and do some errands to keep the house running. Even so, I somehow managed to force myself to write. It was painful and not all that much fun. I need to assess what I want to accomplish with my writing this year because I’m not enjoying myself these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Figure out what I’m doing with my writing this year and get serious about it!

January 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,135
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: I did it! I switched projects. I debated it all day. Putting Inbetween on the back burner made me feel really guilty. I worry too much about disappointing someone by switching between projects. It makes me stick with things beyond what’s reasonable and I end up suffering.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling pretty good about the direction I’m taking now. It’s a new year so I’ve gotta try to do things differently. Let’s just hope it’s a better way.

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Writing Progress December 23 – 29, 2019

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December 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,929
  • Today’s word count: 116
  • Thoughts: I wrote! That’s so much better than what I’ve been doing the last few days. I’ll take any progress at all right now. I didn’t make a ton of progress, but I am feeling optimistic about my work again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. It will be a holiday, but I shouldn’t be too distracted. Most of the festivities are happening on another day for me. Aside from a bit of extra Christmas energy, tomorrow should be a pretty normal day.

December 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,024
  • Today’s word count: 95
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It was a holiday and I still managed to write. The day didn’t end up being as completely ordinary as I expected, but I still managed to write a bit. I’d hoped for more, but I always hope for more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Will I try to write on Christmas Day? Probably. I don’t have any big family plans for the day. Everything was scheduled for other days because my mom and my sister both work in healthcare and people still need care even on Christmas.

December 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,049
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: I think it’s pretty funny that I managed to write 25 words on December 25. It’s better than nothing, which was almost what I ended up writing. Every time I think I’ll have a quiet day to focus on getting back into the writing mindset, I end up being wrong. The holidays are just not a good time to write. It won’t stop me from trying and it probably won’t get me to manage my expectations either.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have to go out briefly in the morning, but I will be home the rest of the day. I can stay in and write. I’m not sure how much I’ll get done because I will need some time to re-calibrate myself to my writing. Losing my routine is the worst.

December 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 55
  • Today’s word count: 251,104
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t focus again. I wrote more than I did on Christmas, but comparing a day to Christmas isn’t exactly fair. I should be more productive on a normal day, right?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more! It’ll be Friday so it’s likely not going to happen, but I can aim high. I just need to keep my expectations under control so I don’t end up miserable.

December 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,108
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: Ugh! I told myself to keep my expectations low, and I really, really needed that reminder. Today was a terrible day for writing. I was exhausted. I wasn’t motivated. Nothing I tried seemed to change either of those facts.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not even going to try. I have a family Christmas thing and if I manage to write at all it will be a lovely bonus. If I don’t, I’m going to try my hardest not to be disappointed, but I’ll probably still beat myself up over it.

December 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,111
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Somehow I managed to write while also writing less than yesterday. How? I really don’t know. I started a sentence before going to Christmas festivities and never finished it. I’m sure I’ll be thrilled with myself tomorrow morning. I probably should have pushed myself to wrap up the sentence at least, but I’m not that disciplined.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Write. I shouldn’t have anything that takes me out of the house and it’s supposed to be ugly and rainy all day so I shouldn’t be motivated to go out for any reason.

December 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 251,247
  • Today’s word count: 136
  • Thoughts: It’s sad that today’s word count feels like an achievement. Usually I’d be complaining about this sort of word count. This month, I’m just happy to write more than a few words. I finished multiple sentences today! I feel like I’m making progress again for the first time in ages.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. As long as my day goes as planned, I should have time to sit down and write some new words. With the way things have been going this month, I’m not going to fully commit to it until it’s actually happening. Something always seems to come up and take me away from writing.

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Writing Progress December 16 – 22, 2019

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December 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,524
  • Today’s word count: 151
  • Thoughts: I told myself today would be different. I went into the day believing I would write earlier and get more done. It didn’t happen that way at all. I tried, but I couldn’t get my butt in gear before it was pretty late at night. Fortunately, I spent a lot of time contemplating the end of Inbetween and I think I came up with a more solid plan.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling pretty good about Inbetween again. It’s been a very long time since I felt this way. It’s exciting!

December 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,557
  • Today’s word count: 33
  • Thoughts: I went into today thinking I would be super productive. It just didn’t work out that way. I got so confident I took on more than I could handle. Writing didn’t turn out exactly the way I expected.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Do less, but write more. It sounds easy, but it’s not. There’s a lot of things I want to do and probably even more I should do. Not everything is going to get done. I just don’t have enough time or energy. I know what my priorities are and writing is on the priority list.

December 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,761
  • Today’s word count: 204
  • Thoughts: I finally finished the scene that had been haunting me for ages. It’s written. I’m more than ready to move on and write the rest of this story. I wish I knew why I struggled with it so much, but hopefully it won’t be such a pain to revise.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Move on and write the rest of Inbetween. I feel like I’ve been in limbo with this story all month. I just want to get the ball rolling again. Maybe starting a new scene will do the trick.

December 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,813
  • Today’s word count: 52
  • Thoughts: I was pumped to work on the end of this story today. Then I started a new scene and everything just sort of fell apart. My confidence is so shaky these days. As soon as doubt enters my mind, I’m ruined until I reset my brain one way or another (sleep is usually the best cure).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not sure it’s even fair to set a goal at this point. It’ll be Friday. I don’t know what the day will end up holding for me. I guess I’ll just be happy if I manage to sit down and write.

December 20 – 22

No writing progress. Let’s just say it wasn’t a great weekend for writing at all.

Friday was already looking iffy on Thursday. Then my grandfather went to the hospital for pneumonia. I just didn’t feel like writing after that.

Saturday I helped a friend move and after that I didn’t have the energy to do much of anything at all.

Sunday I woke up with a migraine. Sometimes I can manage to write even when I have a migraine, but after the last few days I had, I couldn’t find the willpower to write once I got the pain part of the migraine under control.


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Writing Progress December 9 – 15, 2019

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December 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,117
  • Today’s word count: 111
  • Thoughts: I wrote more than a hundred words. That’s better than I’ve been doing lately. It’s not great by any means, but every word gets me closer to the end of the story. That’s my goal right now. We’re so close! I know I can get there.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to keep going, of course. I’m aiming to finish writing this serial by the end of the year. Will I manage to make it happen? Who knows? I’ll just have to keep going and you’ll have to stick around to find out.

December 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,145
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: My anxiety was through the roof today. I tried to write. I tried to focus on things other than writing. No matter what I did, the anxiety followed me and messed up my plans. I wanted to get so many things done and none of it worked out the way I planned.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: My birthday! I want to write. I also think I want to post some more scenes from The Dreams over on Patreon, but I’m not going to commit myself to anything at the moment because more than anything I want to stop the anxiety from following me into the next year of my life.

December 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,165
  • Today’s word count: 20
  • Thoughts: Contrary to my word count today, it was a very productive day. I posted 6 new scenes from The Dreams draft 3 to Patreon today. Doing what I wanted to do on my birthday ended up being really, really productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to reality. I have an obligation to finish writing Inbetween, even if most of what I want to do has nothing to do with this story. I will finish Inbetween if only to stop having to worry about it.

December 12

No writing progress made. This wasn’t intentional. I was planning to write in the evening but then an incident happened and I ended up worrying too much to focus on writing.

December 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,226
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: Well, that’s Friday for you. I thought I would make more progress today since I didn’t have errands to run. The distractions of Friday still managed to find me. Oh well. Not all days can be winners.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. Honestly, I’m not all that optimistic. I already have plans to go out and play Pokemon Go and that’s going to take a lot of my energy.

December 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,267
  • Today’s word count: 41
  • Thoughts: I was out for a long, long time today. Longer than I expected, honestly. It was a lot of fun, but I was pretty drained once I came back home. I’m impressed I managed to write at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: As much as I want to write tomorrow, I know I’m going out to play Pokemon Go again and all of the time outside and socializing does a number on my ability to even think about writing. Socializing sticks my brain into a place where I replay parts of conversations from the day and I can’t easily make room for my fiction.

December 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,373
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I tried. It was pretty late when I found my creativity again. I was also exhausted at this point from not sleeping as much as I probably should and walking around a lot over the last two days. I wrote as much of what my brain came up with as I could before my eyelids became too heavy. I’m going to have to expand it a lot, but it’s there now and I can use it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Sleep! I can’t keep accumulating sleep debt like I have. After a good night’s sleep hopefully I will be able to write a lot of words. I’m starting to get a clearer picture of how I’m going to end Inbetween and I just want to get there.

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Writing Progress December 2 – 8, 2019

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December 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,648
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: I was hoping to restart my work on Inbetween with more of a bang, but I don’t think it was meant to be. I needed time to remember where I was in the story and where it was going. By the time I did that, I wasn’t left with all that much time to actually write. Even worse, I left off in the middle of a sentence back in October! Oops.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting back into Inbetween. My goal is to finish the draft this month. Will I manage to make it happen? We’ll see!

December 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,777
  • Today’s word count: 129
  • Thoughts: Better, but not great. I threw myself into chaos today by playing Crusader Kings II with a friend for ages. We both had to pause the game a couple times because of life and I managed to tweak the chapter I’ve been working on a bit during some of those breaks. I’m definitely still getting back into the rhythm of this story as well as recovering from NaNoWriMo. I’m trying not to be push myself too hard too fast.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Possibly more games. I’m feeling pretty motivated at the moment, actually.

December 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,911
  • Today’s word count: 134
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling some. I’m just not confident in my ability to write this story! It’s in the final stages and I’m making myself so incredibly nervous about screwing it up. Sometimes I’m convinced I screwed up this story a long time ago and now I’ve made it impossible to end.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I’m going to finish this story. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not this week, but I will finish it soon. It’s time.

December 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,927
  • Today’s word count: 16
  • Thoughts: I really struggled today. I haven’t been able to pinpoint the problem. I sat and looked at the words I already had written and nothing came to mind. That doesn’t happen to me often. Sometimes I don’t write much because I’m distracted or torn about where to take the story. I’m rarely without ideas at all. It’s scary.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m a bit worried. Friday in combination with a lack of words is a recipe for disaster. This can’t be allowed to continue. Even if it takes me all day, I will figure this out and get back on track.

December 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,933
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: Today went about as badly as it possibly could. I don’t know where exactly it went wrong, but I was too tired too early to make a huge effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m giong to be out of the house for part of the days so I don’t know what will happen. We’ll see. I’ll be sure to try.

December 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,947
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: Well, I was out of the house for pretty much the whole afternoon. I had a great time, but I wasn’t in a writing mood afterward. I expected one of two outcomes from my afternoon out. Either I would be inspired and write a lot or I would need to take some time to process everything before I could feel inspired to do anything. It ended up being the latter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a lot of writing that needs to be done. This post-NaNo adjustment period is coming to a close. It’s time to get some work done before the holidays derail everything again. It’s coming and I can’t stop it.

December 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,006
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling, but I reached a massive milestone without realizing it today. 250k is a big deal. Maybe seeing that as my total word count will motivate me. I thought this story would wind down around 250,000 words and we’re definitely getting close to the end!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. It’s that simple. I just want to write more words. It’s not that hard. I wrote so much in November. Why can’t I do it in December? I can. I know I can!

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Writing Progress November 25 – December 1, 2019

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November 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 118,434
  • Today’s word count: 1,283
  • Thoughts: I didn’t surpass yesterday’s word count, but I wrote! It wasn’t a bad day, but I did struggle a little. There’s something about certain scenes that really slows me down. I wish I could spot it before it happens, but so far I don’t know how to predict it. I just know it once it happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. So much more writing. This is the end of the month. I have to keep moving forward!

November 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 119,546
  • Today’s word count: 5,091
  • Thoughts: You might notice that my total word count didn’t increase by the amount I listed as today’s word count. There’s a good reason for that. I was feeling a little conflicted creatively so instead of pushing myself to move forward, I looked back and wrote some alternate versions of scenes. I didn’t include those in my total word count for the draft because for now I’m keeping the original version of the scenes, but in my next draft I’ll have options for which way I want to take the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need a couple more fantastic writing days to finish NaNoWriMo with a win. I’m sure I can do it. I just need to stay focused!

November 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 121,556
  • Today’s word count: 2,010
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t another 5k day and that’s okay. For the most part. I was able to focus on the main story and I made a ton of progress. Do I wish I’d written more? Of course! Could I have written more today? I think I did the best I could with the time I had.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Thanksgiving. I don’t have any family obligations until the evening so I’m going to do my best to write before then. Will I take my laptop with me to my mom’s? Yes. Trying to NaNo at Thanksgiving is practically part of the holiday tradition for me. I’m not sure I’ll end up pulling the laptop out, but having the option is always nice.

November 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,921
  • Today’s word count: 2,365
  • Thoughts: For today being a holiday, I think I did a great job. It wasn’t the most I’ve written all week, but it was a ton of words considering I had other things to do and needed to socialize with my family for at least a few hours.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After some errands (and a stop at a video game store) I’ll be home and writing all day. Let’s hope I can make a huge dent in my remaining words for the month. I don’t want to break my wrists on the 30th.

November 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 130,356
  • Today’s word count: 6,435
  • Thoughts: I pushed myself today so I wouldn’t have to push myself as hard tomorrow. It worked. I still with it would have worked a little better. It’s always nice to leave less work for future-me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish NaNoWriMo! I have a lot of writing to do. It’s my punishment for all the slacker days I had this month. I must pay my word-debt!

November 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,014
  • Today’s word count: 14,658
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. This is a once-a-year-only kind of day. Only on the last day of NaNoWriMo can I find the motivation and endurance to pull off word counts like this. Honestly, I’m fine with that. I’d love to have more 2-5k days, but I don’t think I would be able to function if I did 10k+ days more often.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not sure if I’ll write at all tomorrow. I probably deserve a break, but right now I feel like writing more. We’ll have to see what tomorrow brings.

December 1

I forced myself to take a days off. I actually struggled not to write. I wanted to do it a few times. It felt weird not allowing myself to write since I usually jump on it as soon as the urge strikes. However, today I knew I needed a break even if the habit formed in my head insisted otherwise. I wrote every day for a month and towards the end I wrote a lot of words. My mind and body both needed a rest.

So I rested. I played some games. I watched Netflix. It was nice, but it wasn’t as nice as writing. I think I’m ready to jump back in.


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Writing Progress November 18 – 24, 2019

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November 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 109,614
  • Today’s word count: 669
  • Thoughts: I thought today was going to be a complete disaster. It wasn’t. It might not have been the best day ever for writing, but I sat down and got some words out against the odds. I’m pretty proud of that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I can’t completely ignore the world tomorrow, but I should have a good bit of time to dedicate to writing. I just hope I don’t end up feeling too mentally and emotionally drained to concentrate on creative work. I wish more non-creatives understood how much it takes to be creative. The typing or act of writing isn’t the exhausting part. It’s making something others can comprehend from your mind.

November 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 110,825
  • Today’s word count: 1,211
  • Thoughts: For a while there I thought I wouldn’t be able to write much at all. Then I had a burst of productivity after bedtime. I might be exhausted tomorrow but I think it’ll be worth it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m working on creating a writer-hermit persona since I only seem to have good writing days when I avoid interacting with the world outside my door.

November 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 112,215
  • Today’s word count: 1,390
  • Thoughts: Another productive day! It was a bit unusual since I wrote slowly and steadily over a couple writing sessions. Typically, I have a couple writing sessions and the words happen in unpredictable bursts. I think writing slowly and steadily is more productive, but unpredictable bursts of writing are more exciting.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m still avoiding the world. There are too many words to write for silly things like socializing and I’ll just pile all my errands on Friday and hope for the best. What could go wrong?

November 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,902
  • Today’s word count: 1,687
  • Thoughts: Yay! Another productive day! I’m really loving The Dreams again. I’m evening dreaming about this story (ha!) so there’s no escaping it lately. I don’t want to escape. This project is so important to me and writing it makes me feel better every single day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s going to be Friday, but it’s NaNoWriMo so we’re going to ignore all of the Friday problems that usually plague me and focus on the writing. Things can fall apart a little. There’s all of December to fix things back up. No one is starving or living in filth, things just aren’t particularly tidy. It’ll be fine.

November 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,479
  • Today’s word count: 577
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It was Friday and I still managed to write. That’s a big deal. If you regularly follow these progress updates, you know I struggle to write on Fridays because I’m always running errands and then in dire need to recharge.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should have plenty of time to write at home and it looks like I’ll also have a chance to go on a chill outing where I can write outside of the house!

November 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 115,067
  • Today’s word count: 588
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t a super productive day, but I still wrote. Progress is progress, I suppose. I just wasn’t feeling it. Some days it’s just hard to keep my mind on the story while other things are happening around me. Other days it’s easier. Today wasn’t one of the easy days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It should be a quiet Sunday at home, so my focus should find its way back.

November 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,151
  • Today’s word count: 2,084
  • Thoughts: This was it! This was my most productive day of the month (so far). We’re getting to the end of the month so my word counts are going to be pretty high from here on out. I don’t have a choice. This is the fate of procrastinators.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I guess I’ll challenge myself to see if I can write more than today. Maybe I’ll get as close to caught up as possible to caught up. Who knows? Anything could happen. The end of NaNoWriMo is a magical time full of amazing feats of writing.

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Writing Progress November 11 – 17, 2019

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November 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 104,846
  • Today’s word count: 867
  • Thoughts: I started to despair today. I wasn’t making progress for hours and hours. Then I started to get sleepy and the words just tumbled out. It rarely happens, but when it does, it’s pretty great. Too bad I can’t reliably replicate the experience. I might give it a try if I feel like I need a nap.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. Maybe I’ll have another sleepy writing burst. Maybe I’ll be incredibly focused and get a ton of writing done early in the day. I’ll probably end up scrambling to come up with words before bed because that’s when I’m usually feeling my most creative.

November 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 105,342
  • Today’s word count: 496
  • Thougths: Today could have been better, but it could have been worse too. My main distraction was the cold weather. It got so cold so quickly today! The apartment got cold almost as quickly. I’m not a fan of being cold outside and I hate being cold inside. Lot’s of time was spent making hot drinks and raging at the weather.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be cold. I’m trying to accept that and get back to focusing on NaNoWriMo. Hopefully I’ll find some friends on Discord that are looking to write at the same time as me and we can encourage each other to write even more.

November 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 107,033
  • Today’s word count: 1,691
  • Thoughts: Finally! Finally I’m writing at NaNoWriMo speed. It only took me nearly two weeks but I’m there. Let’s keep improving from here!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay inside and write. It’s supposed to be really, really cold again so that will be extra motivation to stay where it is warm and I have access to a keyboard. That should make things easier, right?

November 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 107,911
  • Today’s word count: 878
  • Thoughts: I wanted to do more. I wanted to do better. That didn’t happen, but I’m still so, so proud of myself. I woke up with a migraine. I thought the day might be a complete loss. It would’ve broken my writing streak which motivated me to at least try. It worked! I wrote a decent amount.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be Friday and a pretty busy day. I’m going to write at least a little bit. I’m committed to it!

November 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 108,201
  • Today’s word count: 290
  • Thoughts: I knew I would be busy today but I tried to write anyway. I succeeded! It wasn’t a lot of words, but I managed to sit down and write. That’s a win for me!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be out of the house for a significant portion of the day again. I should be home at night. I hope I can get some words done then because I’m not going to have time at all before that. I’ll be out the door almost immediately after I get out of bed. It’s going to be a heck of a day.

November 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,512
  • Today’s word count: 311
  • Thoughts: I had an early start and a busy day away from my keyboard. I was home in the evening, but I was too tired to really push myself to write. The words I did manage took way too long to write. I’m glad I did, but I wouldn’t want to struggle for so long every day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have one more day of getting up early and going out and about. I hope I’ll be able to recover from it and still be productive in the evening. It should be a quiet night at home so I’m optimistic.

November 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 108,945
  • Today’s word count: 433
  • Thoughts: I thought I would be more productive today. It just didn’t work out like that. I should be used to this by now. Nothing ever goes the way I planned. I just need to enjoy the productive days when I manage to make them happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Write. Be productive in every way possible. I think it’ll happen. Maybe that means it won’t, but it won’t stop me from trying.

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