I’ve been getting back into my WIP this week, which is hugely satisfying. After hitting the wall during NaNoWriMo in November, I lost momentum — mainly because December is always crazy with Christmas and the start of summer, and then I was just getting going again in January when… stuff happened.
But I am going to heed Kristen Lamb’s wise words in a recent blog post: “The writer who can focus no matter what else is going on around him is the writer who will succeed long-term. There will always be pets, kids, family, friends, bills, deaths, illness, and drama. We need to learn to work no matter what.”
These words are so true. I can always find an excuse as to why it’s not convenient or practical or even possible to write. If I keep giving into that, I’ll never get anything done.
So, no more excuses. The WIP is back on the table.
It helps, of course, that I’m between jobs at the moment. My aim is to carve out a couple of hours writing time on most days, giving me ample time for job hunting as well.
This past week I’ve found the surest way to carve out writing time is to get out of the house to a cafe. I know I’ve said this before — repeatedly — but gee I love writing in cafes. The whir and hum and smell of the coffee machine. The people-watching. The simple change of location — out and about, rather than chained to the desk all day.
The banishment of the internet to the smartphone.
I’ve been reviewing the 40K odd words I wrote during NaNoWriMo. I printed the chunk out yesterday — the most massive stack of pages. I still can’t believe I wrote all that in less than four weeks. Much of it is even usable… But some of it isn’t, because I need to rework one of the character through-lines before I continue. As a result, I’m making lots of notes and adding/slicing/dicing a few scenes, particularly from the beginning. It’s a slower process than banging out a first draft, but it’s a process I absolutely love and also a great way to get my head back into the story.
And don’t worry, those of you who know my bad habit of rewriting before I’ve finished: I’m not rewriting much. Just a little bit. Promise. Cross my heart and all that.
So that’s where I’m at with the business at hand. Just felt like sharing. As you were.
How are you going with your current project, whatever it may be?