I took a little vacation from the WIP this week to judge a few contests, critique a friend's completed MS and work on homework for an online class. The step back let me ponder the direction of my story. Did I have enough conflict? How could I increase the tension without adding additional external plot points? I came up with a few ideas that would strengthen and add depth to the current conflict so I'm ready to tackle the story once again. I get frustrated that writing never seems to get any easier and I often struggle with the same issues in each of my books. I just keep telling myself that this is a learning experience and the next book will be better for it.
Summer has also taken me out of my regular sleep schedule. I'm going to bed late and getting up later in the mornings which throws my writing time off. So, with a little over two weeks until my youngest starts back to school I'm getting into the early morning routine.
Where did the summer go? We've had beautiful weather but our usually short summer season seems to be even shorter than ever this year.
Do you have exciting plans for August? Or are your thoughts turning to the start of the school year and getting back into a more regular schedule?