Having taken some time off from the blog to focus on writing during an unfortunate period of unemployment, I will be continuing with regular updates soon; however, expect some turbulence while I adjust to a new job.
And during this unemployment, one thing has stood out: it's amazing how much time can get wasted. I began with the intent to write tons. What did I accomplish with nearly a month off? One damn good short story and the planning work on a novella. Not too bad, but I could have done better.
The problems? First, I let a contest distract me. I wanted to win, but the subject just didn't entice me. I had an idea, but it just wasn't solid. I spent a week futzing with the thing and finally realized it just wasn't going to happen. I just couldn't visualize it. Something is missing.
(There is still a couple weeks left; who knows if I'll find the missing ingredient or not.)
Next, common distractions. Little things. Some errands and dental work, but mostly just time-wasters.
The good? The short story worked well and helped restore some confidence. Other conversations during this time contributed to my confidence too.
The lesson overall is that writing takes shit-loads of discipline. It takes ideas, which need a quiet place to develop. It takes willpower to open up the editor and get to work, all while letting the next idea take seed in the mind.
Sadly, I tend to put writing last. It should be first.
Here's to hoping the lessons have been learned.
At this time, the novel is in a marinating stage while I work on the novella I have planned. I think I've found the critical obstacles that were blocking up the scenes in that work, so I'm hopeful it will see more progress when I return to it.
Writer of speculative fiction. Current work in progress is an untitled dark fantasy novella.