This is my post for the September edition of Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. On the first Wednesday of every month, members write posts designed to help and inspire other writers, or perhaps seeking support in their own efforts. To read more posts, click here.
As I write this, in some states, school buses rolled weeks ago. Here they just begin. It’s the calendar I’ve been used to all my life. September means back to school. And even though I’m so long past those days they feel like ancient times, my rhythms pick up again, after Labor Day. Like New Year’s in September, I formulate goals, make plans, eye the future. My aim now, after a summer slowdown and a mind- altering vacation far away, is to start back on my novel, still in first draft mode, and to get it done by Christmas. It's been a difficult summer for me, and I've been inching along, trying to make forward progress in every way. With the novel, I feel like I need to set a time line, as I’ve been scratching it out, like a stick in wet sand, for much longer than it should take.
Now it’s time to inhale, sit myself down and concentrate on this story.
Do you make plans in the fall? What to do you to focus?