Writing Progress July 11–17, 2022

July 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 4,931
  • Today’s word count: 20
  • Thoughts: Today ended up not being a good day at all. My mom’s 15 year old cat had to go to the emergency vet. He had a cyst at the site of a very old injury rupture. We were all very worried about him. He came home again very late tonight. I tried to write in the evening like usual but I was very distracted.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I will be able to write again. Tuck is home again so I won’t have that worry hanging over my head. However, a pre-ordered book will be delivered tomorrow so I might be distracted by reading.

July 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 5,024
  • Today’s word count: 93
  • Thoughts: Well, I managed to write more today than any day recently. It was tough though because I ended up extremely tired. I wish I’d had more energy so I could have kept going.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The plan is to get an actual good night’s sleep so I will have energy longer into the evening tomorrow. That’s only somewhat in my control so hopefully the rest of my life will cooperate.

July 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 5,089
  • Today’s word count: 65
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t great either. Things keep coming up that make me more stressed out than I’d like to be. It makes it hard to concentrate on creative things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m hoping things will be more peaceful. The big “event” for the day is going to the hardware store to buy cages for the tomato plants. They’re getting big and the stakes are cutting it anymore. Aside from that I should be able to decompress and concentrate on writing more than usual.

July 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 5,130
  • Today’s word count: 41
  • Thoughts: I’m still plugging along with the tiny word count. Eventually I’ll get everything written. It would just happen a lot sooner if I wasn’t constantly distracted or depressed. Life just hasn’t been kind to most of us the past few years so I’m trying to give myself a break.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be a busy day. Errands in the morning. Chores. Hanging out with a friend in the evening. I should find some time to write something in there somewhere.

July 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 5,143
  • Today’s word count: 13
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit at the last minute. I just didn’t want to lose my tiny little writing streak just because I had a busy and fun day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be another busy, fun day. I’ll try to find the time to write but I’m not sure what will end up happening.

July 16

No writing progress.

I think I’m the only one who is surprised I didn’t manage to write today. It was a busy day, but it was good. Getting out of the house and spending time with friend will only give me more creative energy down the road.

July 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 5,175
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: I’m back to writing! I’m relieved. Every time I have a day I can’t write I find myself worrying that I’m going to stop writing for an extended period time again. It’s stressful. I guess I just need to not miss writing any days until that fear goes away.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. It should be a fairly ordinary day, but it is going to be hot and humid. I just hope I don’t end up miserable and feeling like I can’t think because of that.

What I Read in June

Most of June was dominated by unpacking and getting settled into our house. Then my phone just stopped working so I didn’t have a reliable way to listen to audiobooks while working on things for about a week. I feel like I lost a lot of reading momentum this month. Hopefully there will be some lazy summer days coming up so I can get it back.

Books I finished reading in June:

  • A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers
  • The Coelura – Anne McCaffrey

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers

What did you read in June? Is there anything you are looking forward to reading this summer?

I Finally Signed up for July Camp NaNoWriMo

This might be the latest in the month I’ve ever declared a Camp NaNoWriMo project. I knew I was going to participate, but I couldn’t find the time to sit down and set up my project on the website.

It’s done now and that’s all that matters.

I’m continuing to work on the fourth draft of The Dreams. My writing stamina is still not where I’d like it to be so I’m keeping my goal low. 5,000 words in a month is still going to be a stretch for me. However, if I can manage to write that in July, I think there’s hope that I’ll be ready to write 50,000 in November.

At this point I don’t think I’m ready for Camp. Even with a low goal, victory might still be out of reach. Out of all the Camp NaNoWriMo sessions since the event began, I’ve only won once. Back in July 2020 I managed 10,000 words. I’m not sure I will be able to succeed next month even with my goal only half as big.

Hopefully working on a project I already know so well will make the words come easier. I’d be in trouble right now if I was starting with something new. With my writing muscles in better condition pantsing for a smaller event wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I need guideposts to keep me on track these days.

Maybe I’ll be ready for something new in November. That will depend on how comfortable I am with writing again. I miss being able to sit down and write a ton of words in a single day and feeling capable of doing the same thing again the next day.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month? What sort of goal have you set?