Not that I’m complaining. We are moving into my favorite time of the year. The gardens are giving up the last of their bounty, the grass doesn’t need to be mowed anymore, and being outside is pleasant. I like the fact that my house isn’t as hot as Satan’s Kitchen, and I can start to make some hearty soups for dinner instead of trying to figure out which meal will cause the least amount of heat to get added to the house. It is the time of fresh-baked bread with jam, warm drinks, cool nights snuggled under the quilts, and brisk mornings with sun turning everything gold.
As my daily workload lightens, I have more time to spend on the things I really like to do. That includes working on some of my neglected crafts, like the big rag rugs I’ve been crocheting out of sheets and the half-finished sewing projects that have been collecting dust in my sewing room. And it includes writing!
In my last post I talked about the plotting bootcamp. Although due to my current workload, I wasn’t able to keep up as well as I liked, I still got a lot out of it and have been working on my sad sad piece of a novel. The exercises were really helpful for me, and I will continue to work through them over and over, until the process sticks better in my mind. Many of the exercises allowed me the opportunity to dissect my characters, and find a few conflicts that I had not thought of before. I’m still struggling with the difference between motivation and goals. I know I need both, but when I write them down, I can’t tell which is which. I also struggle with the difference between internal and external goals. In my mind, all goals are internal – they are things the character wants and is working toward. To me, “external” means something outside, perhaps forced upon by someone else. Those aren’t really maintainable. So, that struggle goes on. I read and read about it, but I can’t seem to get them straight.
So, any help or examples in this area would be appreciated!
As we head toward the season of National Novel Writing Month, my most productive writing time of the year, I’m hoping I can iron out the rest of my plot so I can finish this draft. That was my intention last year, and I didn’t even get close. I’m going to have to hold my own feet to the fire on this one!
Do you feel motivated to write in the fall? If not, when is your time of year for the most inspiration?