So, I made a list of what I wanted to do - or at least, a list of things which I knew would act like one of those 'Gro-Bag' things that my dad used to buy to grow his tomato plants in (and wow, did they grow!). Yesterday, following the instructions that I'd left for myself in my calendar (yes, really - otherwise I become distracted by things - any kind of things really...) to do so, I picked up the gauntlet that I had thrown down before myself (I mean you can't just leave gauntlets lying around, can you?) and started to work.
I tend to reach a point mid-way through a project when I begin to lose my head of steam, and my enthusiasm for sitting down and writing starts to flutter about like an old lady's underarms in a strong breeze. Now let's just pause there and notice that I could have said '...an old lady's unfettered boobs...', but I didn't. Nope, I went for the sensitive option instead - you see I am suitable for a wide range of reading audiences. Now where was I...ah yes, fluttering underarms: well when I get like that, I find that flitting between projects is the most successful way for me to make progress with anything at all. When I first began writing, and had only one or two projects on the go, when the dreaded fluttering took hold (I'm not sure if it's possible to be taken hold of by something as fitful as fluttering, but never mind), I didn't really have anywhere else to go, and I would stop doing any writing for days, even weeks. Now, I prefer to write every day, and to try to improve my evolving craft by doing so.
Yesterday was a great writing day: I finished my allotted time (i.e. I had to make dinner) at the keyboard with a flourish and a strong sense of accomplishment. You know that feeling when you've tidied and/or rearranged a room to your satisfaction? Well it wasn't really anything like that at all, but it was still rather nice. My favourite part of every project is the beginning - it's so filled with excitement and promise - and yesterday I had that feeling again, as if I'd started something entirely new. I haven't actually done that, but the book, as I've decided to re-organize it, will be very different from its original inception. It should also make it very much easier for me to drop into it and add things as they occur to me (which is often how it goes with me). Most importantly it will hopefully make it more fun to read!