I took a week off. It wasn’t even that I wanted to, but I had something every single morning and every single night of the week, and then we did Christmas-type-things Friday night and all day Saturday, then today was Church and a guilt-free nap!
This week I’m diving back in, but I’m structuring my time differently. I’m going to devote an hour or two to finishing Behind Closed Doors per day, then an hour or two will be spent making The Elements into something I want to work with rather than something that causes me to hyperventilate when I think about it. I am also going to read 3 hours a week with regard to either inspiration or publishing, as well as spend time reading more books that have been published with the same genre and subject matter I am focusing on for The Elements. It means my goal dates for things will have to be pushed back, but I’m okay with that… for now.
… then tell Him your plans. That’s the saying, right? Well, so far I’ve proved it this month! I had grand plans of being halfway done with my NaNoWriMo novel so I could relax over Thanksgiving, but guess what? I’m behind! Doctor’s appointments keep getting rescheduled, there are holiday celebrations at the school, PTA meetings that I need to go to, volunteer slots that have to be filled… I’ll get it done, of course, but this is not at all what I envisioned.
I decided to work on Behind Closed Doors this month. I felt like I needed a break from the difficult plot and character situation of The Elements and the changing storyline of Letting Go and remember the joys behind writing. I’ve gotten so caught up in the organization and outlines, I lost a bit of the ‘fun’ as I went along. I’m happy to say that it’s back, and I’m enjoying myself again
Wow! I am beyond excited that I figured out the link between my main character and her father! I knew there was something more than him not being part of their magical world, but I didn’t know how it all fit together until today. After a few days of research, working on the Snowflake Method, and then thinking out “what if’s,” it hit me.
I am so excited about where this is going! Granted I’m going to have to trash a lot of what I’ve done, but now that I’m secure in the ‘back story’ of my people, I’ll just look at all those words as “practice.”