This summer has been a tough one for me to stay focused on the writing. There has been so much going on. My daughter's wedding in June, my sister's need for time off and time to garden, my own mini vacations, and keeping my grandkids one to two days a week while they're on break.
Finally summer is getting closer to ending. I'm looking forward to getting back to Lore.
I have, however, tried to keep writing. When it's quiet around here in the morning is the best time for me to really focus and do some great scenes. Yes, they're rough drafts, but I can "see" better which way the story needs to go.
I sat down the other day and wrote a scene that hopefully my sister will like and we can put in the chapter we are working on now, chapter 17. I also rewrote a scene for chapter 19, one I had written a couple of weeks ago.
I have also been working on Lineage, the next book in the Djenrye Chronicles series, on the side. And, trying to look ahead as to what will happen in Lore so that I can start writing Tale book 3 of The Lorn Prophecy.
Writing a series is much harder than one story. There's so much to keep track of and I find myself doing a lot of rewriting when the story takes another turn than the one I first envisioned.
Staying focused on the writing is the biggest challenge of all. No matter how stressed I am, the writing grounds me and helps me to think about how the story needs to unfold.
Social media can get in the way, too, so I am backing a way a little from so much time on the popular sites. Not that I'm not on them at all, just a little less than before. On top of that, we are working on getting our website finished and published.
True, it's all in a days work for the life of a writer. But the most important thing of all - write - every day if you can. I've decided to set a goal of writing 1000 words a day except on Sunday's. Sunday is my husbands' only day off so I want to spend time with him and I teach my creative writing classes on Sunday, twice a month.
I am hoping to up the word count as I go along to my next goal of 2000 a day, we shall see. In the mean time, I'm glad I have continued to write, even through these most stressful times.
What do you do to make sure you take time to write? Do you set daily goals?
Let me know what works for you if you get a moment. But for now, happy writing!