Well, folks, it has been a fast few days since the late Sunday evening check-in. And hmm, progress has been spotty. However, I have been sitting by the fire pit, musing with my characters. It has been fun and somewhat productive; I am not exactly struggling with the writing, but with finding a balance. I am working so hard at the day job that I am cooked linguini when I get home; the best I can do are mindless tasks like laundry and dishes.
I did one thing that seems to have worked well. I asked on the ROW80 Facebook page about starting a list of folks who want to have guest posts or who want to write guest posts. There seemed to be a fair amount of interest, which was gratifying. Soon, after writing two posts that I owe people already, I will get that list pulled together for everyone who was interested.
Finally, I think I am going to adjust my test mile to a time goal rather than a word-count goal. I know myself, and I get way too involved in watching that number down in the toolbar change. Also, I am at the point where I need to take my sparks out of the fire pit and build the structure around them. I need to get to know my characters, outline my plot, tack down all the background, history, and research that I need to do. My new test mile will be a half-hour a day. I know it is a small goal, but I also know that even with a full house and a demanding day job, I can find a half-hour that is all mine.
What I have learned: I can write anywhere. I was very nervous about giving up my study. I had both a warm-weather and a cold-weather place to write in Florida; I had pared down to one in New York, and now have none. However, I have found that I can commune with my characters while sitting ten feet from the TV, grabbing fifteen minutes in the staff lounge, or waiting for a meeting to start. I will eventually need my early morning uninterrupted time, which may prove difficult with two sons who are on vampire schedules, but it is a true breakthrough for me to grab moments when I can. My next goal is to stop writing on stray pieces of paper–the amount of memorable prose that I have lost to recycling bins is utterly tragic!
I hope that everyone is finding ways to resolve their struggles. Please support the ROW80 community by visiting and encouraging everyone here.