For the past two weeks, I’ve been overseas on vacation – and possibly the best vacation I’ve had in a long time, in fact. For two whole weeks, I have able to just relax and think about anything and everything besides work – and opportunity which I enjoyed immensely.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of the aforementioned thinking concerned the novel I’m working on. This was the first chance I’ve really had to really focus on it in…well, a while, and it’s safe to say I’ll be feeling the benefits of this for some time. In pretty much every writing session I did while away, I sat down already knowing more-or-less exactly what I was going to write, which is something that hasn’t happened in quite a while.
The end result was about 10k words added to the current draft, along with a -much- clearer idea of which scenes I’ll be working on next. I’ve been using the skip-around method that I first heard about from Sara Letourneau, so that 10k actually encompassed a fair proportion of the overall storyline. I really feel like the draft has come together in the past fortnight, and I very much enjoyed seeing it take shape.
I arrived back home the other day, and to be honest am still feeling a touch bummed about that. Even so, the next few months are looking very exciting indeed, both from a writing standpoint and otherwise, and I dearly look forward to seeing what they have in store.