Writing Progress March 15–21, 2021

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March 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,091
  • Today’s word count: 56
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t feeling it today. I’m still trying to get my brain back in order after the clocks changed. Whenever I sat down to write, I felt like my thoughts were floating away. It was great for daydreaming, but terrible for actually writing words down. Hopefully the words I managed to write aren’t terrible because of my daydreaming.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The obstacles between a good writing day and me aren’t that big, but I won’t be able to get over them unless I address them directly. That’s what I want to do tomorrow, but I’m not sure I’m ready for it. I just want to write. Overcoming obstacles wasn’t part of the plan.

March 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,147
  • Today’s word count: 56
  • Thoughts: I’m really frustrated with myself. The amount of effort I put into my writing today isn’t reflected in my word count. My focus wasn’t great, but I spent a lot of time trying. I’m just tired and stressed out this week. I need a vacation, but there’s no where to go and sitting at home and trying not to work is actually just as exhausting as doing the work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can’t take a vacation, I guess I’ll try to find a fun way to get the work done. It might be time to take the laptop to an unusual corner of the apartment and use that different perspective to get the work done.

March 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,207
  • Today’s word count: 60
  • Thoughts: I’m afraid I’m falling into another rut. The pattern hasn’t quite formed yet, but I’m still afraid of what I’m going to find over the course of the next few days. I was doing so well and then responsibilities outside of writing had to go and stress me out and here we are again. I’m so sick of it. I wish I could just push off all my other responsibilities and obligations for a month just to get caught up on my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I can just pretend I don’t have any other responsibilities and if I pretend hard enough I’ll actually convince myself it’s true for a little while.

March 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,240
  • Today’s word count: 33
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I haven’t been having much luck with writing lately. My focus is all over the place. Other obligations are definitely part of the problem and I think I need to accept that I can’t pretend them away. Unfortunately, a lot of what’s on my mind is stuff that can’t be resolved in a few hours to unburden my mind. It lingers and distracts.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to keep my expectations low. Fridays are full of errands and my mind is usually unfocused once I am home and settled again.

March 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,262
  • Today’s word count: 22
  • Thoughts: My word counts keep getting smaller. I don’t like that, but I can’t pretend to be surprised. Today was pretty chaotic. I didn’t get much sleep (thanks, cats) and I was out of energy after my errands. I tried to nap and that didn’t work very well. My creative energy was very low.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to refill my creative well. Tomorrow is the first day of spring. I want to go outside and enjoy the change of season. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Of course I’d like to write too, but I think getting back to a place where I can be more productive later will be more beneficial in the long run.

March 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,273
  • Today’s word count: 11
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write much today, but I did something to help recharge my writing energy. I really needed it. I took a nice first day of spring walk with my boyfriend. We checked out the work that’s been done on the walking trail the town has been improving. I didn’t make much time to use my recharged energy today. Hopefully it will stick around.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s supposed to be an even prettier day tomorrow, but I don’t think I’ll be heading back to the walking trail just yet. I might grab my laptop and write by an open window for a few hours in the afternoon to see the sun and get some fresh air.

March 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,430
  • Today’s word count: 157
  • Thoughts: Am I getting back on track? Probably Is it too soon to tell? Probably. I thought I was going to have another terrible day of writing. I actually got ready to go to bed with almost no words. Then for some reason I don’t really understand I sat back down and wrote more. I’m not complaining.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Tomorrow looks like it will be a lot like today. I hope that means I’ll be able to write a similar amount or more. Unless something big happens I shouldn’t have any distractions other than the ones I create for myself.

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My April CampNaNoWriMo Plans

I’ve put off making my announcement post this year because I’ve made this same announcement before. My plan for CampNaNoWriMo is the same plan I’ve had for many other Camp sessions.

I’m working on The Dreams. Again. Still. It’s a big story. It’s also a third draft which is a strange experience.

Now that I’ve actually reached my Camp goal once, I want to do it again. I’ve set my initial goal at 10k. It’ll be a stretch. The past few months haven’t been the most productive. My brain needs to get out of this rut. Hopefully Camp will be the kick in the pants I need.

The last year has been a mess. I barely remember the Camp session from last April. It feels like it happened much longer than a year ago. Thankfully, NaNoWriMo keeps stats from previous events. Screenshot_2021-03-21 NaNoWriMo

Last April I definitely aimed too high. I thought a higher goal would be a good distraction. I was wrong and now I know better. There’s too much uncertainty and stress in the world these days and can’t push myself too hard or I end up miserable because I always fall short.

This year my goal is only half as high. It will still be a stretch. I’m not sure I can make it and I’m usually overly confident in my abilities the month before a Camp event.

I’m looking forward to pushing myself to write more. Having a community of people all racing to the finish line with me always makes the extra effort worth it.

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Writing Progress March 8–14, 2021

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March 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,226
  • Today’s word count: 238
  • Thoughts: I had another decent writing day! If I can keep this up, I’ll actually get somewhere with my 3rd draft this month. I’m getting closer and closer to the end of the story and I want to build up momentum. Getting my writing muscles back in shape before CampNaNoWriMo isn’t a bad idea either.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want to do is keep writing. I’m getting back to a place where I don’t feel bad about the amount of progress I made in a day. I’m not there yet, but I’m much closer than I’ve been in months.

March 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,504
  • Today’s word count: 278
  • Thoughts: Writing went really well today! I still don’t know what changed but I’m not complaining. I just wish I understood so I don’t accidentally change something important to making writing work. For now I’m going to take advantage of everything just working in my favor for once.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep the writing magic alive. I don’t know how to do it, but I’m not going to let it go away.

March 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,673
  • Today’s word count: 169
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write quite as much today. I think I know why I lost some momentum though. I wrapped up a scene and started another one. A lot of the time I would normally use for writing went to sifting through this part of the story in my old draft to get an idea of what I want to keep and what really needs to be changed to fit the new draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I get back on track? I hope so! I don’t think I lost too much of the momentum I’d built up over the last few days. I did the hard/non-writing work today so tomorrow should be easier.

March 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,901
  • Today’s word count: 228
  • Thoughts: I’m back on track! I’m glad I was able to keep moving forward after stumbling yesterday. I just needed some time to get reoriented. I’m adding a lot of little details to this part of the story so I feel like I’m doing a mix of revising and writing and it is using more of my writing muscles than I have in the past few months.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll have a good writing day on a Friday for once. I still have errands to run. That usually throws me off, but I’m not going to despair. I have to try to write. We’ll see if I get anywhere.

March 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,929
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: I can’t think of a more typical Friday writing session than the one I had today. My intentions were good. My execution wasn’t so great. Fridays scatter my focus so much. I don’t know what I can do to change that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to get back to writing. I hope I can have some peace and quiet to do it, but I can’t quite guess what will happen on Saturdays even if they do tend to be less chaotic than Fridays.

March 13

No writing progress made.

Circumstances sent my anxiety through the roof today. I decided pretty quickly to take a mental heath day. No regrets. I hope I can come back stronger tomorrow.

March 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,035
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I was jet lagged all day. I’m sure a lot of people were. I had a terrible night’s sleep on top of it. It was the left over effects of the anxiety I was dealing with all day Saturday. All I wanted to do was nap. Then I wanted to stay awake until my usual time so I didn’t completely mess up my sleep schedule. There was a brief window of time between fighting a nap and struggling to stay awake long enough to keep my routine where I managed to focus on writing. It was the best part of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe things will start to get back to normal tomorrow. I hope so. I could really use some normal right about now. This novel needs some normal so I can finally get this draft wrapped up.

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Writing Progress March 1–7, 2021

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March 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,409
  • Today’s word count: 128
  • Thoughts: This day had so much potential. I started writing in the afternoon which is rare for me these days. I lost my momentum pretty quickly. Life is just too distracting. I could do a better job of blocking distractions out but I get anxious about missing important things. I know I can do better. I just need to come up with a better strategy for managing my anxiety so I can do the work I need to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if I’ll have a better strategy by tomorrow, but I want to write more. We’ll see what happens.

March 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,554
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: I thought this day would be great. Then I had to live the day and it wasn’t nearly as great as I expected. Writing didn’t come easily. I really thought that things would go smoothly today and I started to despair when it didn’t work out that way. I trudged through the muck and managed to write something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: A good writing day would be nice. I haven’t had one in a while. I want to make it happen.

March 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,643
  • Today’s word count: 89
  • Thoughts: Today was a start and stop writing day. I wrote a sentence or two. Then I stopped. I wrote another sentence or two and I needed a break. It wasn’t ideal. I do so much better when I can focus on writing for a decent length of time even if I don’t write a lot during that time. The best possible day would probably be multiple writing sessions at least 30 minutes long, but I’m not in a mental place to make that happen consistently these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can spend more time on writing. Getting at least one solid writing session in would feel like a huge win at this point.

March 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,702
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: Today was a chaotic day. I was away early. I went on a walk. I came home exhausted and never got the lost energy back. I don’t regret the walk, but I need to plan better. Going on a walk in the morning isn’t a bad idea, but it doesn’t work out well when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. I’ll probably go on more walks after getting a proper night’s sleep now that the weather is starting to improve. Hopefully those walks will have a positive effect on my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Right now I don’t even feel like setting a goal. I want to just see what happens if I let myself do whatever I want after I wrap up my errands.

March 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,708
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: Was having no goal the problem or was the day in general the problem? I don’t know. I struggled to get any words down and I have no confidence in the few words I wrote and kept.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be wintery cold but I’m going to go out and walk around for Pokemon Go community day anyway. We’ll see how the affects my ability to write. I’ll have less time but will I have less inspiration?

March 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,767
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: I was outside for a long time today. It was cold and windy, but it was really great just to be somewhere else for a while. There’s still some piles of snow trying to thaw out, but around the park there were plenty of signs of spring coming soon! Eventually I did come back home and I tried to write a bit before going to sleep. It wasn’t much, but I didn’t delete the same sentences over and over. In fact, I added a bit here and there to the latest scene because I’ve been too hard on myself and cutting things I shouldn’t.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll write more. I can tell there was a shift in my mindset today so I’m optimistic about seeing change in my writing habits. I doubt it will be drastic, but a small change can make a big difference when dealing with this monster of a project.

March 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,988
  • Today’s word count: 221
  • Thoughts: Wow! I hoped and hoped for a day like this and I finally got it. I wrote without deleting the same sentence multiple times. Getting some momentum behind my words worked just like I knew it would. I’m still not writing very quickly, but managing a net gain hundreds of words over the course of the day is a huge step in the right direction.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Obviously I want to build on today’s success. I’m in a part of the story I really wanted to build on and expand in this draft. These parts are the most exciting for me. Maybe part of my problem is trying to give as much attention to parts of the story that are already strong as the parts that I know need a rewrite. I need to get better a revising my drafts.

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What I Read in February

There was so much snow in February this year. I feel like I should have read more books because of it. I’m still ahead of schedule with my 2021 reading goal though!

Books I finished reading in February:

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  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
  • Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Books I’m currently reading:

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  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire

What books did you read in February? Are you on track for your 2021 reading goals?

Writing Progress February 22–28, 2021

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February 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,001
  • Today’s word count: 34
  • Thoughts: I think I’m in another writing funk. A bad day or two is all it takes. I hope I’ll be able to claw my way back to normal soon. It’s just hard to find the right way to reset and approach my writing from a different angle these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I’m being optimistic, tomorrow will be the day things go back to normal. Realistically, I’m going to do my best to show up and write.

February 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,104
  • Today’s word count: 103
  • Thoughts: I wrote more than yesterday but I don’t feel like I’m getting back on track. It was such a struggle to get the words out. I sat and stared at my blinking cursor for away too long. The words were there but they were too deep inside my brain to easily escape.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s get back on track! I’ve gotta be close. Feeling the words inside my head and not being able to get the process to work smoothly enough to get the words out. How will I do it? No idea at all. As always, I try everything until something works.

February 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,171
  • Today’s word count: 67
  • Thoughts: Once again my biggest achievement of the day was actually showing up to do the work. I didn’t get much done. My sinuses were rebelling against the rest of my body. Other than my sinuses being a distracting, painful wreck, the rest of me felt fine. I tried to find some relief with sinus medication and drinking hot tea to make it easier to breathe. Seeking relief was time consuming and because I didn’t get much from it, I didn’t benefit from increased productivity afterward.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow. The weather is changing a lot and I’m certain that’s what is causing my sinuses to go haywire. It might level out by tomorrow or it might take a week or two for things to go back to normal. As long as I’m able to think clearly enough to write, I’ll be happy.

February 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,195
  • Today’s word count: 24
  • Thoughts: Migraine. That sinus trouble from yesterday turned into a migraine overnight. The only reason I even got out of bed today was to try to find some relief.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better because I have errands to run and I’d really like to get back to writing too.

February 26

No writing progress made. I had to run errands while still trying to recover from a migraine. After that I was pretty much out of spoons. I knew pretty early in the day that I wasn’t going to write.

February 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,255
  • Today’s word count: 60
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit which feels like an even bigger accomplishment than usual because I had a very busy day. A lot of chores got pushed back because of the migraine so I was scrambling to get as much done as possible. I didn’t have a chance to think much about writing until it was already past the time I would usually go to bed. Somehow I still had a bit of energy left so I typed a few words. It’s not much, but something is always better than nothing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The forecast says it is going to be a cold, rainy day and I’m fully prepared to stay inside and escape into a world of my own creation.

February 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,281
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: My creative energy was at a low point today. I had time to write, but everything I wrote fell flat. I tried not to delete everything I wrote because I need to keep moving forward and hope tomorrow will be better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be the start of a new week and a new month. Maybe that will be enough to give my mind a reset. I’m hoping it will work. I need something. It’s been almost an entire year or just constantly feeling off and anxious about everything. Part of me feels like I should have adjusted to the chaos and uncertainty by now, but I know that’s not how living with chaos and uncertainty works.

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Writing Progress February 15–21, 2021

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February 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,478
  • Today’s word count: 208
  • Thoughts: My writing was all over the place today. I started writing pretty early in the day (for me) and then I stopped. I stayed away from writing for hours and hours. I didn’t mean to stop for so long, but it all worked out in the end. I got a ton of writing motivation pretty late at night and I actually wrote more words!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have to hope I can write at least as much as today. Maybe doing a bit of writing earlier in the day and then letting myself not feel bad about needing to write more later is the new secret to getting my writing done.

February 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,639
  • Today’s word count: 161
  • Thoughts: Getting started was the hardest part today. I got caught up in preparing for another winter storm headed this way later this week. Hearing about the trouble people are having in Texas has made me extra anxious even though we are more prepared for winter weather up here. Once I got started for writing, it came to me easily. I finished up a scene. I probably could have written more, but wrapping up that scene told my creativity to shut off for the night.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s been a while since I got to start out writing for the day with a new scene. I’m kinda excited. I hope this excitement will carry over to being productive all day.

February 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,842
  • Today’s word count: 203
  • Thoughts: I felt the winter storm coming and it kept me up half the night. At least I managed to get some words written while I wasn’t going to bed. I’m so ready for winter to be over.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: There’s going to be so much snow. I hope I can just hide inside and write, but I know I’m probably going to spend the day worrying about digging out from out front door. Maybe it will snow enough that we’ll have an excuse to stay home for a few days. That’d be nice, at least.

February 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,917
  • Today’s word count: 75
  • Thoughts: I was so incredibly anxious today. It was exhausting and distracting. Once I managed to get past the anxiety, I was too tired to do much of anything. I hate days like this.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe it would be best not to have a goal, but that feels wrong. I’ll just keep my expectations low since I don’t even know if I will be able to go outside to run my errands. If I’m stuck at home all day I might manage to have an exceptionally productive Friday. Or I might not.

February 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,920
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Today was not my day. I didn’t sleep well, I ended up taking a nap. I don’t remember the last time I napped. A few years ago I was napping all the time, but my sleep schedule has become a little more stable since then, but I guess I’m off routine enough to need it right now. However, it threw off my routine. I tried to write and my focus was gone. Nothing I tried brought it back.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to sleep, reset and have a better time tomorrow. It shouldn’t be too hard, right? I hope I can make it work.

February 20

No writing progress made.

I had a really bad day. I didn’t feel well and it completely drained me. Feeling terrible didn’t last all day but even after I started to feel better I was too tired to be creative. Hopefully feeling better at the end of the day means I won’t feel terrible again tomorrow.

February 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,967
  • Today’s word count: 47
  • Thoughts: I wrote. It wasn’t much, but at least I wrote something. That automatically makes today better than yesterday. I felt a lot better than yesterday too. It just wasn’t easy to get back in the swing of things after writing practically nothing at all over the past two days. Getting back on track won’t be easy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to make an effort to focus on writing. My phone has been blowing up with winter weather advisories again so I think I’ll be hiding from snow once again. Hopefully I can keep from worrying too much this time.

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Writing Progress February 8–14, 2021

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February 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,603
  • Today’s word count: 160
  • Thoughts: I had some good moments of clarity in regards to my writing today, but I also ended up doing more non writing things than I originally planned. It all worked out in the end, but every time I do something other than writing, I start to worry that I’m going to run out of time. I know I can’t write all day every day. Even if I could physically make it happen, I would burn out so quickly without time to refill my creative well. I need to learn to cut myself some slack because I just make it harder to use the time I do have.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want to do is chill out and write. It’s the middle of winter. It’s snowing almost every other day. The chilling part of chilling out should be easy.

February 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,634
  • Today’s word count: 31
  • Thoughts: I mostly failed on both my goals. I didn’t do much chilling out or writing. It wasn’t what I planned, but it was what I got. I tried to write anyway. My efforts probably stressed me out and made it even harder to do what I wanted to do in the first place. Go me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to try the chill out and write plan again. I have some chores to do around the apartment, but I doubt that will take up too much of my time. I should be able to write a decent amount if I get out of my own head.

February 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,758
  • Today’s word count: 124
  • Thoughts: Well, I wrote. It didn’t happen during the day. It didn’t happen during the evening. I was too busy distracting myself from worrying about the snow. Then the snow started and I settled in and made an attempt to write. I didn’t write quickly, but I stayed up for a long time picking away at this part of the draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The plan is to sleep in and then get back to writing. I know this part of the story. I’m getting to parts I really want to rewrite so it should be too hard to get motivated. I just need to avoid getting distracted.

February 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,874
  • Today’s word count: 116
  • Thoughts: Today ended up being about the same as yesterday. I was distracted. I was anxious and needed distraction. Unfortunately, writing didn’t seem to be the distraction I needed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I never know what to expect from a Friday. I have errands to run like usual. After that there’s no way to know how much focus I will have after completing those tasks.

February 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,897
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: I managed to get my hopes up about my writing for a while, but then I couldn’t actually get myself to sit down and write. Fridays can be really distracting.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: At least it won’t be Friday. I should have plenty of time to sit down and write. The only question is whether I can make it happen.

February 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,152
  • Today’s word count: 255
  • Thoughts: My boyfriend bought us some new games and I told myself I wasn’t allowed to play unless I wrote at least 250 words. It worked! I really thought I would cave in and start playing before I reached my goal, but I stuck by my plan. I’m really proud of myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I wonder if I can bribe myself to write again with the game? I guess I won’t know if I don’t try.

February 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 203,270
  • Today’s word count: 118
  • Thoughts: I think I was a bit too eager to get back to playing my new game today. I didn’t stick it out and make sure I wrote as much as yesterday. I should have stuck with my original plans and stayed away from playing any games until I wrote at least the 250 words I wanted to write. Time to work on my willpower.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The weather is supposed to get really nasty again. I won’t be going anywhere and I’ll be preparing for the possibility of a power outage. I hope I don’t have to try to handwrite by candle light. Writing like that sounds like it might be a fun change of pace, but I do not want to deal with the headache of a power outage.

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Writing Progress February 1–7, 2021

daily writing progress

February 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 201,799
  • Today’s word count: 97
  • Thoughts: Today was a bit better writing-wise. What made the difference? I wish I knew! I just sat down to write and more than a few words came out. It’s still not a ton of words, but it is more than I’ve written in one day in a long while. Sometimes just showing up to write works.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to do the only thing that seems to work even some of the time. I’ll sit down and give myself time to write. Will I improve off today’s word count? Who knows?

February 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,016
  • Today’s word count: 217
  • Thoughts: Am I back on track? Maybe? I wrote more today than I’ve managed any other day lately. I wish I knew what was different. I think I’m just starting to get back to normal. My stress levels are quite as high. Nothing particularly upsetting has happened lately so maybe I’ve managed to recover a bit.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! If I’m actually getting back into writing form, I can’t lose my momentum. I’m feeling a lot better about showing up to write every day now.

February 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,235
  • Today’s word count: 219
  • Thoughts: I managed to write a bit again today! I think I’m doing better. It’s still not easy, but I’m showing up and it’s finally paying off. Every day I write more than a few words I feel better about my decision to keep trying. Persistence pays off!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After two days of significantly more writing than usual, I’m not going to stop. I haven’t noticed any real changes in my mental state, but I think I must be doing better. I am able to write again now without deleting and rewriting the same small bit over and over again.

February 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,315
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: Well, today wasn’t as great as yesterday. What went wrong? I’m not sure. My mind just didn’t focus as well or anything today. Maybe it was just a fluke. I guess I’ll just have to keep writing over the next few days and see what happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Friday so I know I shouldn’t set my expectations too high. However, I really, really want to write. I’ve been having such a good week. I’m getting back on track and I don’t want that to stop.

February 5

No writing progress made. My day didn’t go as planned at all, but it was still a good day overall. I was pretty tired after running errands so maybe writing would have been too draining.

February 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,417
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: I had a slightly more chaotic day than I expected, but it worked out in my favor. Sometimes I don’t realize how much I need to blow off steam and just relax for a while. It took up a decent amount of time and energy and I also had chores to do. However, I found myself wanting to write after it was all done. It was late, but I sat down and after a bit of struggle and self-doubt I wrote. I think I could have written more, but before I knew it, 3 a.m. was approaching and I knew I needed to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: We’re getting more snow. I don’t think it is going to be another huge storm, but there is no way I’m going outside for any reason during a snow storm. I should have plenty of time to stare at my draft and will some more words onto the page. Hopefully I’ll managed to make the magic happen before I should already be in bed.

February 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,443
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I just couldn’t get into writing today. I put in the time but the words just wouldn’t come out. The only good thing that came out of my writing today was my tiny amount of progress wasn’t hampered by writing and rewriting the same sentence over and over again. I think I’ve broken past that mental hurdle for now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write, but I also need to brace myself for more snow this week. It’s unending! We should be okay food-wise but I’m still going to go through the usual checklist in case we’re stuck inside past our usual grocery store run. Considering how productive I can be when I have little tasks around this house to take care of when I need to pause and think, tomorrow might be a very good day for writing.

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What I Read in January

A new year means a new reading goal! Since I know I have ups and downs with my reading throughout the year, I’ve set a goal of 24 books for 2021. Two books a month isn’t an overwhelming amount and it seems like a fair goal after the hit or miss months I had in 2020. At the end of January, I’m officially ahead of schedule with this goal! I hope I can keep it up.

Books I finished reading in January:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in January? Do you have a reading goal for 2021? I’d love to hear about it.