Did I plan to stop writing for almost a whole month? No. Evidently my brain shut down for a while. My word count was the lowest it’s been in over a year. May is not improving, sort of on purpose. However, I will not fuss or beat myself up about it: That serves no purpose. Instead, I spent a day reflecting and meditating on my why I have not been writing.
April (and May) has been full of intentional and unintentional breaks:
- Got both my COVID vaccine shots and remained quarantined for two weeks to protect myself and my neighbors.
- Felt allergies develop into another sinus infection. (Blah!)
- Left Austin to visit my mom after a long absence. (Nothing like being with mom.)
- Flew to visit my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. (And had a great time!)
Now, it’s time to focus and get back to a “normal” routine that includes writing daily. So, for one week: no blogging, no social media, no newsletters – nothing but writing/editing for a solid week.
Goal: Have a solid draft of Midnight Bites ready for line edit by 21 May. After that, I will send the draft to my editor.
My last focus week was in January. While I reached my word count goal, I did not complete drafting Midnight Bites. The story keeps going and going and going. Enough!
I’ll miss you all over the next week, but I’ll be back. Cross your fingers I return reporting: Draft done.
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