Sooooo... remember how I used to tweet out the number of words I'd written on NEXT BOOK, and then I kind of stopped?
Remember how it coincided with my newest freelance gig, where I pitch/write/file stories in the morning instead of the afternoon?
Remember how I told myself that I could switch my schedule around and do creative writing later in the day, after I did all my freelancing and admin and the rest of it, and how it would totally work?
Turns out it totally didn't.
I'd dutifully close out my email and all my tabs and fill my laptop screen with nothing but NEXT BOOK, and then I'd stare at it.
And re-read it.
And identify a problem with the story that was probably keeping me blocked.
And then stare at the draft again.
I was able to write both volumes of The Biographies of Ordinary People on evenings and weekends, but for whatever reason—maybe it's because I'm getting older, maybe it's because my freelance career has grown and I'm taking on more challenging work—I can't do 3,000 words of freelance writing and then another 1,000 words of novel-writing.
So I switched it back, and I've been working on NEXT BOOK first thing every morning again.
I'm not giving NEXT BOOK quite as much time as I was able to give it prior to my new freelancing gig, because I also want to prioritize sleep—but I'm working on the draft for at least a half hour every day, and I'm waking up excited to spend time with the characters and see where we go next, and the words and the ideas and the creative energy are all flowing just like they used to.
As of this morning, the draft includes 25,853 words. ❤️