I am kind of upset that I haven’t been able to give my novel the attention it deserves in the last 2 months or so. It has been a pretty busy couple of months, from working, to being out of town or doing something since the end of April. Needless to say, the writing has taken a bit of a backseat, because I haven’t had a moment of peace to get it done 🙁
Part of the problem was that I lost track of keeping myself on a schedule for writing. I used to try to get some words down every night (minimum 350). I never gave myself a max number because I knew that between getting things together for the next day, cooking and watching the little one, I wouldn’t have as much time as I would like to sit down and shell out 5,000 a night. I know 350 is a pretty reasonable minimum, which, if I’m really focused, I can get down in about 20 minutes or so. Usually, if I just have 20 minutes before I go to bed and my daughter is asleep, I can write for that entire time, and I have accomplished my goal. Nowadays, I have gotten away from that and it feels horrible to say the least. I enjoy writing and if I could do it all day everyday I most definitely would. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of time.
I think in a way, it was good for me to step away from the book for a while. Taking the necessary space helps me find my groove again. I may take the rest of May to try and let it rest, and then start back fresh in June. I’m hoping to be completely finished with the first draft by the end of summer, and get started with beta readers in the fall. I have also been thinking of getting involved with a writing group, or starting one in my area. With me moving fairly soon, I would like to make it more online with occasional meet ups in a local area, but I am not sure. It is still an idea right now, but I think it is one that would give me some motivation and help me connect with some fellow writers!