Stagnant Days

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2019 Calendar

Since 2018, I've kept a calendar for my daily writing activities. One of the first things I do each day is to mark down what I did the previous day. It makes for an easy way to mark progress and be thankful for even small portions of progress.

Occasionally, there are days that I leave blank. That means I didn't plan anything, I didn't write anything, I didn't edit anything. My progress as a writer stood absolutely still on those days.

December 30, 2019 was one of those days. Not only did I have to take on my regular job, I had to fight off a nasty head cold.

November 6? I was burned out and depressed. I missed two days the weekend before since I was at World Fantasy Con.

In total, I had seven of these stagnant days in 2019. One each in January, April, August, and December. Three as mentioned in November. I could berate myself and say, "That's too many." That's like saying I'm lazy 1.9% of the time.

That's also like saying I make a point to work on my goals 98.1% of the time.

Hopefully I'll make something of that sooner than later.

Until then, I'm thinking of adding a time listing to the 2020 calendar. We'll see how that goes.

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  1. avatar
    Emily Suess says:

    Don’t let the crazy protestant work ethic stuff we have drilled into us from birth drive you too nuts. Days off are necessary for recharging and dealing with life, and they are as much a part of the writing process as plotting or editing.

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