September was a bust.

I could pretty much end this blog post right here. After traveling in August I came back to New York right into the back-to-school frenzy. The transition of the toddler into preschool for the very first time has been challenging, leaving me frazzled and reeling.

We are still adjusting to the new schedule. The new morning routine wiped out any opportunity for writing so I’m back to having to figure out creative ways to get words on the page. When dealing with a major life change, accepting the change in a positive way makes all the difference. The brain seems to be hard-wired with a negative default to change, but the way out of this spiral is to confront the uncertainty with a plan.

Find. Another. Way.

Writing during my lunch hour worked for me before so I will return to this and get these last five chapters done. Leaving things to chance isn’t going to get me anywhere. It’s all good to say go with the flow, but the flow doesn’t meander to the computer for a writing session. I have to plan my writing time and protect it.  I’ve pushed so hard to make it so far and now that I’m this close to finishing the draft I’m more determined than ever.

I flirted with the idea of entering Pitch Wars but I was honest enough to recognize that one, my manuscript was not ready, and two, I wasn’t confident that I would be able to manage such an intense revision if I were selected as a mentee. I’m not ruling it out in the future but it’s just not the right time.

October goals

Finish draft three and complete a read through with comments

Get started on draft four – which will be more of a polish, checking descriptions/setting and dialogue

Finetune outline for new MG contemporary project which I’m planning for NaNoWriMo (yes I’m actually going to attempt it this year)

Happy writing,