So January is almost done – how did I get on with my resolution to sit down every day first thing and write, with email and other distractions shut off? Well, it hasn’t turned out to be quite that disciplined, but I am doing better and have accumulated 5,000 words more of my next novel. And I have discovered something about myself and how I write best.
My big challenge is to balance what I do for a living—I work as a freelance book editor and writer—with my dream of writing romance. Therefore I have deadlines to meet, and also must immerse myself in other people’s novels as well as my own. I realised I was struggling with that—becoming involved with other writers’ compelling characters, then having to tear myself away to go back into my own fictional world. The structure of writing a little every day doesn’t work so well for me. Instead, I have come up with a different plan, of one day writing for myself, one day doing freelance, and so on. It seems to be rolling out okay. I find I come back to my book feeling more energised and refreshed.
I am also talking a lot to the authors I work with and asking them for their tips about how to stay focused and produce. I will be sharing my findings in my February blog.