Happy Easter everyone! 🙂
I’m really excited – on Friday I finally finished reading the book The Great Transition by Lester R. Brown for Sustainably North (that was the book I chose to review on the blog for this month). With it read, I was able to write a book review for it and schedule it for the end of the month; now all of the April Sustainably North posts are finished and scheduled! Next I need to get working on the May ones.
But writing the May ones wasn’t part of the plan for this week; once I was done with the April posts, I wanted to get some work done on the Make Your Way story. Now I don’t know what my problem is, but I’ve had a heck of a time working on it and getting that first draft written (this has been an ongoing problem since last year). I actually Googled “why do you have trouble working on a writing project” and came across this article on starting but not finishing a project, which gave some great tips depending on what you have trouble with. I know I’m definitely someone with starting energy who gets distracted by new projects, so I really need to sit down and actually work on it if I want to see it through. I also found this article on recapturing your motivation for a project.
While neither of those articles specifically answered what my problem is with this particular writing project, they at least reaffirmed that I need to just get it done. So even though I (for reasons still unknown) didn’t want to work on it, on Saturday night I made myself read over what I had written to date. The story is in definite need of editing, but the basic threads seemed pretty solid. I also flipped through my notes a bit. Unfortunately most of those were from when I was working through a couple of issues with the City of the Dead setting (which is where this story takes place) and not actually notes on the plot.
Of course, rather than getting to work directly on the plot, I ended up going through this blog and eliminating some of the categories I had. I really had way too many (I didn’t count, but there were three full pages of them!) I’m hoping to cut the categories down to 15 or less, which is going to be a big job (especially once I’m through all the really small sub-categories). By the time I finished for the night, I was down to 33. I also rediscovered the blog post I had written back in 2014 about Keith Barker’s Stories and Dice, and decided to post it rather than delete it.
But that was okay. Sunday was Easter dinner, so I spent the day cleaning and cooking. The plan was to get back to the Make Your Way story on Monday. But then I accidentally set off a fire extinguisher Sunday night in my storage room, and had to spend Monday cleaning that up, too. I didn’t get nearly as much writing done this weekend as I had hoped to, but life’s like that some times. Hopefully I’ll be able to cram everything I want to get done into this week instead. 🙂
So how was your Easter weekend? Anything planned for the coming week?