It’s also, obviously, the most important thing. Especially if you’re not done with your story, as I am (err… not).
I suppose that the problem arises from that end-of-the-month, oh-my-god-it’s-over-lets-celebrate release:
- You take a day off.
- The day after that, a new game release comes out.
- The day after that, you need to hit the gym to work off some Thanksgiving goodness.
… and whenever you think about the WIP, your mind automatically associates it with the binge-writing you sometimes had to do during November. That’s not an association that makes you want to sit back down.
I approach this downshift by easing into what is (for me) a more sustainable, remember-I-have-a-day-job-that-is-also-writing pattern: one solid scene a day, or a couple pages, whichever’s less.
If I write more than that, fine; it’s the pattern I’m after, not the picture. I owe it to myself — in part because I really think this Adrift thing has some serious legs.
How about you guys? I wanna hear about what you’re working on.