Not much has changed, I am still running under a pretty heavy load, and I have had a few health issues the last few weeks. It's nothing serious or life threatening, just draining. I was feeling really down, to tell the truth.
But one of those list of bullet points that float around the internet was posted to my Facebook page, a list of writing tips from one of the writers I personally respect, one Mr. Stephen King. Most of it was stuff I already knew, but there was something that stuck out, a writing tip I'd not encountered before, or if I had, that seed fell on the sidewalk and not the soil.
You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”
Longer than that and it gets stale, and you end up a tourist trapped in it.
So I started writing
Then another writer I follow on Facebook (Jon Acuff) posted a little update about just setting a mundane time, for an hour, and writing. It's a little thing, coinciding with an article I read about things you didn't know Google could do, like, wait for it, set a timer.
These things have all rolled into one another. I set the Google timer, and I start writing. I don't write for an hour at a time, instead it's 15 to 20 minutes at a time. I will sometimes run 2-3 of these blocks together, other times I break it up. I still have other things I have to do, but it's given me more focus on my writing, and made me realize how to better spend time at the computer. Less time on Facebook, less time reading random articles and looking at photo websites.
I am writing now, some here, but the vast majority is on my novel.
I have stayed up late working on the story, and I have woken up in the middle of night, and I've gotten up early to work on it. I am aiming to have the first draft complete, cult of done, by either Halloween or my birthday (about a week later).
I'm writing this &^%$@, and it's going to get done.