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I haven’t been writing much lately [cue the *gasp, choke, shock* noises].
Now, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking about writing. In fact, I have been doing a lot in the last few days that is writing-related but isn’t actually writing.
1) There’s the group creative project I mentioned, that’s kind of beginning to get some momentum since we had a meeting on Saturday.
2) There’s the flash fiction and new short story idea that I have rattling around in my head.
3) There’s the critiquing that I’m doing.
Of the three things on the list, the last is taking up a lot of my time right now. Not only do I have the regular, weekly chapter critique(s) that I do as part of my critique group, but we’ve all volunteered to critique a full novel for one of our members. Of course, it’s a long novel and I’m struggling with the process of reading the work with a critical eye instead of purely for enjoyment (my usual MO). That’s proven difficult for me and is requiring a lot more brain power than I might like. On the positive side, though, it’s really made me think a lot more about what I look for in a novel, which has consequently made me think about what should be in a novel. A novel like the one I’m writing!
The break in writing is okay, though, because chapter two of “Fighter One” is currently out for critiques and I don’t really want to continue working on it until I know what I need to fix. Besides, I plan on working on it during June Camp NaNoWriMo, finishing it in July, and using the August camp to plan my November NaNo novel. Then I have September and October to edit it and it’ll be done before the end of the year.
That’s reasonable when working on short stories, traveling for work, and trying to get a group project finished up by the end of the year, right?