I’ve been slacking lately. Multiple co-workers have been sick (and still coming in to the office, grrr) and I think I’ve been fighting off their cold. So when I get home I have had little to no energy for anything else. I’m trying not to beat myself up for resting instead of writing, but I really am annoyed that I slipped on the writing-habit front.
So. Now I’m trying to get back on track, and that’s what this post will be about: things I can do to be productive instead of berating myself for not being productive in the previous couple of weeks.
- Sometimes I get too caught up in the big picture and don’t see the small stuff well enough. This happens a lot when I get overwhelmed by a writing project that I’ve gotten started, yet haven’t finished plotting / planning.
- In some cases, I can fix this by focusing really, really small. I think I’m going to write a few journal entries from the POV of my main heroes to focus on them, and see where that gets me in terms of ideas for plot and conflict.
- I might also do a focused deep-dive into my villain’s backstory. In addition to giving me a good sense of who they are, this should also help me plot out the endgame.
- I want to take a different approach than what I had been doing, so that it seems new. I get distracted enough by the shiny that I want to be sure I can continue to stay with this project, and if that means tricking myself into thinking it’s something new, so be it.
- I’m planning on doing at least the first few steps of the Snowflake Method for my current project. It’s one way to take a new look at the material I already have, and hopefully find holes that I can work on filling.
- Once I’ve started coming at the project from a new direction, I should be able to go back and pick back up where I left off.
- At that point, I’m hoping to finish outlining a full plot for the novel so that it’s ready in time to write this story for NaNo.
- I should also have enough mental detail about my main characters to make proper notes about them by this point. That way I won’t have to write up character notes after I’ve written the story. (I’ve done this too many times to count in the past because I got lazy. It doesn’t end well.)
And that’s my current plan for getting back on track with this. I’m hoping that I did actually kick that cold (and don’t get another one) so that I can stay on track.
Have a great Wednesday, and I hope you have good luck keeping your own projects on track!