Since I finished the draft of my book and sent it off to the publisher at the end of June, I have done very little in the way of disciplined or directed work. Back in the middle of July, I wondered aloud what I might do next. Today that vacancy comes to an end. I have a very clear idea in my mind about the next book I will write, a novel this time, and I am determined to get back to a thousand-words-a-day schedule for the first draft.
It is discipline and it is also like the first day at a new job after a long period of unemployment, finding out about the characters that inhabit the office, discovering what is acceptable and what not. But it is mostly getting used to a starting time and a finishing time and an amount of work that needs to be completed each day. Again, just like starting a job, I am both excited about what might be achieved and scared about whether I can pull it off.
Oh well, here goes day number one ….