Now that’s more like it!
Oktoberzest Monday got off to a somewhat rocky start, but Tuesday was much better. In the time I was able to spend focusing on the novel (about an hour and a half, given some unrelated responsibilities), I wrote 620 new words. This is still not quite up to my (sometimes unusually high) expectations, but I’m much happier with Tuesday than Monday.
While I spent more time on Monday planted at the makeshift desk I’ve constructed in the living room (using two tray tables, positioned beside my potted-plant-covered porch¹), my time on Tuesday was much more fruitful. I got into the scene, felt it, smelled it, tasted it, and then? I finished it. It was the end of a particularly difficult scene, with some emotional/motivational layers going on. Writing it took some fine concentration, and I feel good about what I wrote.
Discipline is proving to be addictive, by the way. Sometimes, I find myself feeling like I have to combine such a serious attitude with the discipline, though. What I tried yesterday was to remember that I’m doing this because I LOVE it. That I love to write, that it’s fun to create, that it never ceases to amaze me what pokes its way through from the other side of the page to claim its spot in the story. In short? Fun. It is fun, it’s supposed to be fun, and you can be disciplined while having fun! Talk about an epiphany. I always knew it, but I let my serious side pin fun to the floor for a little while.
The leaves are shaking, and it’s gray and rainy outside my makeshift Starbucks window. I’m going to give Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” a play on my I-tunes before I get started writing, because it’s that kind of day – inspiring, with mystery and beauty hiding in plain sight.
Have fun today, you guys. Thanks so much to those of you who are supporting me this week (and always, really). Your comments are making more of a difference than you may know!
¹Yes, I am trying to convince myself that this random section of my apartment can feel like a Starbucks café. It’s working, so far. Oh yeah, and anyone wondering why I’m not at the beautiful desk in the bedroom has obviously not met our new kitten who lives in there right now. We call him Dexter the Crazy Flying Squirrel, if that gives you any idea what it’s like to be around him. He also has a penchant for making beautiful music with the blinds. Not quite the soundtrack that fosters any emotion other than frustration, I must say.