I started off November kicking butt. I had a really strong first week and a half on NaNo before real life set in, as it always does. I have continued to kick butt on all the lecture writing, to the point that I’m down to one lecture (which I hope to be finishing this afternoon). I stalled out on the novella about a week and a half ago and have pretty much avoided it ever since. My brain has, instead, insisted on traipsing off to visit old projects, resurrecting assorted loved books that were abandoned in the Dreaded Valley of the Shadow of the Middle, revisiting them and working to apply all the story structure stuff I’ve learned this year. I’m falling back in love with the book I was writing last year, as well as the Christmas novella I worked on before that. And that’s all well and good if I decide to shift gears in January and work on one of those before I write Draft 2 of HiS.
But for the love of Pete, I really must get back to this novella. I must buckle down and finish. Since I need a hand getting back into the routine of daily writing, I’ve signed up for another Novel Push Initiative. The founder, Nick Enlowe, is hosting a Laid Back Edition of Novel PI. We’re shooting for 250 words a day on ANYTHING, with 3 days of reprieve. I had already thought about hosting a January Novel PI (and may still) in honor of the New Year and establishing (or re-establishing) good writing habits, but this is just what I need to ease back in. Somehow December feels better for writing for me than November because finals wind up, grades are turned in, I get 2 weeks off…so…yeah. Come join us!