Tuesday, September 28, 2010

(Not) Moving right along

At first I thought it was summer. Longer days, no school, family around, a later bedtime for the boy to fit in all the swimming and fun of the warm weather and going out, totally cut into my nightly writing time. But here we are a few days until October and I'm still poking along on my WIP. What the heck? At first I thought it was a problem that I needed to correct. Immediately! But the more I thought about it the more I realized my slow and steady pace was a good thing. Not in the long run, of course, but at the time I knew I could use a little balance.

I'm not the most patient person in the world so the fact that I'm not blowing through revisions has helped me sit and digest the changes as I go. But as much as I love learning to be patient and rational about things and will carry that with me going forward, I think it's time I get my ass in gear. October is it!

So I'm hoping some of you can help me ditch this snails pace. I'm sure I'm not alone in the summer writing slump so what do you all plan to do now that fall is here to get focused and motivated? I want to finish these revisions by the end of October so that's my first goal. (more to come!) Any suggestions? I love word count goals but with a hefty revision like this that won't work. Pages per day? Time spent working on it each day? I'd love to know what works for you at each stage.

4 comments:

L.J. Boldyrev said...

I'd give you advice if I had it. I'm in the same boat. I've never gone this slow. BUT like you said, it's helping me digest each scene I write so I can better write the following scene. But I just want to be DONE! Lol!

WindyA said...

During revisions, I give myself a deadline, as you've done with the end of October, but I also let myself have breaks. Without them, you're likely to burnout.

Jennifer Shirk said...

This week I'm writing down exactly how much time I'm spending writing. After the first measely day, it really made me buckle down and make the time count.

Rebecca L Sutton said...

Thanks for the advice, ladies! I'll keep you posted. I'm determined to rock it out in October. ; )