Am I glad it’s all over for another year?
Yes and no.
Yes, it was a lot of hard work, sustaining a word count moving forward, especially when the was nothing coming through from brain to fingers.
Writing to a deadline, with a required number of words to be done each day, every day, is daunting. Especially when you write a tract of words that you don’t like because they were written just to make up the numbers, then go to bed, sometimes four or five in the morning, with the thought that the next tract is going to be just as bad, or worse, you can’t think where the story is going to take you.
That method of writing that is known as being a ‘pantser’ can be a struggle or a boon.
But it’s not something I will give up on, even though the previous book last year was written to a plan, but like all plans, the course of the story veered off plan when the characters took over half way through.
The main thing is that it gave me a reason to get out of bed each morning.
Like has been, for some of us with immune system deficiencies, very isolated and at times difficult to deal with the lack of interaction with others. By nature, I am a loner who doesn’t like the idea of going out and mixing with others, and the life of writing suits me, but during the pandemic, I found myself having to live with others who were also forced into isolation.
I guess I made adjustments and got to like the idea of having people around.
Now, with the pandemic supposedly over, and back to being on my own, it doesn’t seem the same.
OK, enough about my problems.
The story can stew away in a corner somewhere, and I will revisit it, perhaps in another three months.
What to do next?
A few short stories, maybe, or continue with the projects I started before November.
Enough, at least, to keep my mind off everything else.