As regular readers will know, I have finished my first draft of “Plank 2”, sent it out for beta reading, and had comments back. I now need to integrate those comments – some small, and some more significant involving plot planning and rewriting. And much as I would love to be one of those writers who can write anywhere – how I envy them when I read “And the six minute wait for the bus was all I needed to write that final paragraph!” – I have found that in fact I need (a) quiet, and (b) several hours at a stretch to write anything coherent.
Both (a) and (b) were available in abundance during my wonderful writing retreat in July, but they are much less in evidence now that I am back at work. However, I do work from a home office and for my own one-person company, so I have the luxury of being able to arrange my time more flexibly than many people can. That said, my job is full-time and often more – any of you running a one-person business will know what I mean! So to get those “several hours at a stretch” in which to do this serious plotting and writing I need to work at double-speed and put some time in the bank that I can then use for writing. This week I think I have managed it: I have worked like stink for the first half of the week (still doing it, hence posting this at 0715…) and very much hope to be able to withdraw a whole Friday from the bank at the end of the week. (My other option was to withdraw Monday and then work to repay it for the rest of the week, but that’s a bit like going overdrawn!)