Today was a good writing day.
Not every day can make that claim. Today I knew what I wanted to write and I wrote it. There have been other days, I have been equally as prepared and not had the same successful outcome. A charged laptop, good lighting and background sounds all help me, but do not by themselves create success.
I believe that the key to today's completion of 20 pages I actually think I'll keep was that I did not get in my own way. I did not think of the impossibility of reaching the zone where words flow from brain to fingertip. I did not put up roadblocks like bring my phone with me, worry about housework or focus on the 300 or so pages I would ultimately have to reach. I only focused on the scenes I needed for today.
Am I bragging? Tooting my own horn? You bet. As writers we spend too much time talking about what we haven't been able to do; we downplay our battles so don't have to admit that the odds of winning the war are slim. Tomorrow my insecurities or distractions may win. Today I won the battle.