This morning, I reset my word counter for the week to zero and dove back into the old conference paper manuscript. I squished down thoughts of how much or how little I was excited about the paper as it stood, and instead honed in on one area that I knew I could actually improve on. I've already related the story of my discovery here. But I never plugged it back into the conference paper, because I thought that line of inquiry was dead.
So, today I did the plugging, and about 50% of the explicating. That got me to 752 new words for the day (about half of which, I'll admit, lies in two rather chunky footnotes -- so much for writing with a non-egghead audience in mind). It's significant. And it's just shy of the 800 I should be at if my "write 200 words a day" goal had been a straight line of progress.
I don't know if this track is leading anywhere, but I'm on the train, and it's moving, so I'm just going to ride it for a while.
(Still, I'd like to be inspired.)