I completed the first part of my assignment for lesson 10, but I did not write on the novel, and I could not even keep my eyes open long enough to read a paragraph on the short story. I knew Mondays would be miserable for writing, and that’s why I planned to take them off. Now I’m also fighting the “I used to have time and energy to write” but that was before I had kids. I chose to take my daughter for a bike ride this evening, and while the walk was good for me and we had a wonderful time, it wasn’t good for the writing. And so I have to choose on a daily basis.
My goal of writing 5 days a week might not be as realisitic as I thought with my principle goal of “Balance” in my life. Or, it might simply be I have not written in such a long time, especially on an intensive project like a novel, and I just need a week or two to get back into the swing of things. I also normally do not start novels in the middle of summer. That was brilliant (insert sarcasm here).
The balance thing may help though, as I did my workout over lunch and that extra walk in the evening and I slept better than I have in months… of course my head hit the pillow at 9:30 so I finally slept for almost 8 hours. What a difference. I feel awake, I feel conscious… and just maybe I’ll get to some writing tonight.
Busy day with friends and the kids, so I’m taking tonight as a night off the novel. I managed to redline 3 more pages on Fading Light earlier today, and will make another attempt before bed.
I start my writing week on Sunday, so this is my first of two nights off the novel. I know, wonderful way to start the week. It’ll balance out, and the writing tomorrow will be all the better for it.
Addendum: Read Think Sideways lesson number 10 before bed, but didn’t hit Fading Light again.
Despite sheer exhaustion and frustration at children who refuse to go to sleep and stay asleep when I have writing goals, I started my novel. And this is a repeat of last night which resulted in 0, yes zero, words written. Tonight’s work was shorter than I hoped for, but openings are difficult for me and the fact that I wrote nearly 300 words that I don’t hate is really good.
My goal is to work on the novel 5 days a week, an hour or two at a time. Fridays are probably impossible, so I’m planning on no writing Fridays unless I’m in the mood. Mondays will probably suck also, as they tend to be the toughest work day and by the time the kids are in ZZzz-land, my brains are friend, scrambled, poached. Done.
Stalker’s opening: Audrey danced into the photography studio, her closing packet under one arm, and a grin to shame the Cheshire cat. The running ended today, ended about an hour ago when she purchased her rented home under her birth name, her real name, a name she hadn’t used in seven years.
On other fronts… Treischan Strength is back in submissions again, sent out this evening via email. Fading Light and my favorite red pen are waiting for me, so now I’m off. Ta-ta!
Addendum: Fading Light – redlined 1 page for editing.