life, monday check in, writing

Monday, Monday

Well, after two weeks of being on track and being awesome, I kind of hit my first big stumbling block. I hit the first new scene write in Sun-Touched, blanked majorly despite having a plan, procrastinated like the pro I am, and ended up doing a whole lot more socializing than anything else.

And that’s okay. Not every week can be a good week. And I’m allowed to have the occasional week where I am slightly less awesome than normal.

I spent a long time trying to get past my block, which, when broken down was really just nerves. I wrote Sun-Touched years ago now, I’m not quite the same writer as I was then (this is a good thing! I try to always be improving). Because we were in and out all week, and the kids were sick etc, I decided to leave it until Sunday when I knew I’d have a couple of hours at the library. I forced myself to knuckle down, and belted out the new scene as well as all the adjustments necessary because of it.

Technically, I am 16 chapters in. Which, technically, is keeping to the ‘five chapters a week’ thing. But I split a few, added this new one, moved some things around a little. I am not sure how many chapters there are going to be by the time I finish, and while 16/28 sounds like I am well over halfway, the page count tells a different story. I’m sitting at 80/185 as at last editing stint (not including however many pages the new scene would have added because I wrote that directly into Scriv instead of Word). So, the new measure is page count, and that might grow too – I’m trying not to stress about those numbers because while they are a good measure of whether I am going to make my deadline or not, they can’t factor in the last minute freak out buzz that will hit me in the next 7-10 days.

You see, I have always been a last minuter. I LOVE/Loathe crunch time. I’m a really great procrastinator and while last year I managed to change my way to some extent, it’s something I am still working on. This whole ‘chip away at things’ business is kind of weird for me. I can see that it’s going to work better, but… yeah. I am still adjusting.

Anyway, I have full intentions of being back on track by the end of the week. This book rocks, and I’m so excited about bringing it to you (even though I am terrified of sending it to my copy-editor because she I am sure she’s going to tell me things I don’t want to hear! lol). We’re working on some mock ups of the cover, which is also pretty exciting. And *squee* in just a few months I’ll have some print copies in hand!!

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1 thought on “Monday, Monday”

  1. So shall we schedule freak-out for Thursday? How does that sound?

    And yeah.. when you know you *can* pull something out at the last minute, it’s harder to convince yourself to chip away slowly. But progress is progress and substantial change can’t happen overnight. Keep chipping away and generally being awesome 🙂

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