Monday, February 20, 2012
Life vs. the WIP
My challenge today, this week, and next is to figure out how to regain my momentum on my WIP.
My little guy was sick this weekend and is sick today. Last week my husband went out of town unexpectedly. Next week, he has a trip for work.
Tomorrow I have an appointment while my little guy is at preschool (fingers crossed that he's not sick tomorrow) so I can check out his school for next year and get him enrolled. He is in denial about changing schools and insists his white school (color of the building, not the children) is his school. His white school is only taking younger kids next year and is moving all the preschool kids to the elementary school building. I don't want to take him with me since he's so nervous about the idea of changing schools. So I need to go on the tour tomorrow, while he's at preschool, when I should be writing.
My WIP is stuck. Not because I don't know where it's going. Not because I don't like it (I do). It's stuck because I haven't made time to write for a week. I don't like writing when I cross a certain threshold of stress, an invisible line where I don't have clarity, where I can't jump out of my life and into my story.
I slept a lot this weekend. I think sleep is what I needed. At 4:00 AM this morning my sick little guy crawled in bed with me and said, "I'm not feeling very well today." And then he coughed for an hour while I handed him tissues for his runny nose.
I think I need to regain my momentum in small pieces. I have a blurb for each of the next six chapters typed up, staring at me right now, begging me to just write them already. I usually only write if I have time to knock out an entire chapter. I have time for a chapter or two today since my husband is home for the holiday.
The rest of the week, I need to settle for less, a few paragraphs at a time until paragraphs become chapters. But I feel very uncomfortable with this idea of writing partial chapters. It's not how I normally work. My worry is it will be crap without the continuity. But that's what edits are for, right?
Do you write in whole chapters or in paragraphs or by word count? What do you do when life gets in the way of your writing?