I am using this year to finally finish the draft of my current novel. I think this will be the third. But it has changed so much that it almost feels like the first draft again.
First session: Set Freedom for 30 minutes and go.
I realize that I often edit as I go and that is why it is taking oh so long. Now, I am placing notes to move a scene or blanks to fill in later so I can just keep going.
After the 30 minutes, I got up and did the dishes, folded a load of laundry, made the bed then went up to my yoga room for a few sun salutations. Now, I’m back at my desk and ready for round 2.
Second session: Set Freedom for 30 minutes.
Started a new scene. Bringing back in an old character. Trusting that even time spent staring out the window and wondering is time well spent.
Bundled up and took a 45-minute walk through the neighborhood while listening to an interview with Dani Shapiro and Gabrielle Bernstein on the Beautiful Writers Podcast.
Session 3: Set Freedom for 30 minutes.
I notice that part of my process involves writing my way backward into a scene. I’ll start in the character’s head then realize I need to ground them in a body and in a place then that usually sends me into a flashback that I then realize is not actually a flashback but part of the current story.
Got a shower and got dressed for the rest of my day.
Plan for tomorrow:
Pick up with current scene.
Be at desk by 8 AM. (I was going to say by 7 but I just saw that an event tonight will keep me out until 11:00.) At least one session but more likely, two, then it’s off to a 90-minute yoga class at 10:00.