I don’t think I talked much about my writing last week, but it’s not doing that well. I didn’t do any writing whatsoever over vacation and it’s been sporadic since I’ve been back. There are three things that are causing this slow pace.
1. I’ve been thinking more and more about the historical fiction I want to do next, and it’s getting me distracted.
2. I’m down to the last quarter of this draft, and like last time, it’s terrifying. Especially since I spent those couple weeks away from it, when I came back to it I’m feeling a bit disheartened about what I already have. Last week I got a good little bit done, finishing up a scene I was working on before I left and setting up this last push to the end reveals and whatnot, I’m just not feeling motivated.
3. And this is the excuse you all are going to think is the lamest thing ever, but it’s just so hot! I’ve talked about not having AC in our apartment – we do in our bedroom, but electricity is super expensive over here (my 750 sqft apartment cost the same as my parents like 3000sqft house and I’m not running AC, and I don’t have a dishwasher) so we run it sparingly. Today it is 87 degrees in my house. And it’s horrible. I’m at the sbux just to cool down. I took a cold shower and literally started sweating again as soon as I got out. Anyway, when it’s that hot I get lethargic and all I want to do is sit on the couch, as sprawled out as possible, and Netflix binge or read. This past weekend it was Netflix (check out their new show Sense8, it was so good!).
So anyway, I’m sucking right now. My ultimate plan is to finish this draft before we leave next month though. I want to spend my time in OK working on my HF and revising this manuscript. I’m going to really try to push myself to get it done, no matter how bad I feel it is. I also feel like it’s going to be shorter than I originally planned, but that’s what revision is for! I feel like I have been working on this story for so long (2 years now about) and it still isn’t feeling completely right. I think changing genres and letting this move to the back of my mind will be a really good thing. I just have to finish it first!