Writing a dream novel on a part-time basis has plenty of challenges. Keeping all the characters sorted, staying true to the planned plot, getting to the keyboard every day present my top three hurdles.
But when life gets complicated, the day job gets demanding or someone in the family falls ill, the insurmountables seem to stack up.
How can a writer stay on course to completion?
One solution seems to cleave to a routine — like a sheepdog focused on the sheepfold. Get those words, and sheep, in there, pronto! Just herd ’em right in there! Every day.
But if one is tired, grumpy or in just plain need of rest, there is no shame in taking a break for a day. Getting outdoors relieves most people’s ennui and rejuvenates the thinking bits upstairs.
A deadline can trump all distractions when it needs to. Writers seem to flay themselves when the clock is narrowing the window of writing time. The ability to focus that intently on the work, to meet a strict deadline, is the hallmark of the professional.
Pants on chair + fingers on keyboard = completion almost every time. Good luck, there, writers!