(October 26 – November 1)

I’ve been struggling quite a lot with my writing over recent weeks. I’m not sure if it’s a form of writer’s block or not. I’m still getting words out, but they continue to feel somewhat directionless. As such, I’ve decided to try a couple of things to fix this.

Firstly, I’ve discovered that no matter how much time I have in the morning, I have a limit to the amount of time I can spend writing. I start to lose steam at around the 30-45 minute mark. Given this, and given that I’ve been neglecting my exercise for some time now, I’ve decided to get back on the cross-trainer in the mornings. I’ve previously rationalised that it would eat too much into my Very Important morning writing time, but as per above this clearly isn’t the case.

Secondly, I’ve been wondering if having too many unfinished projects over my head is causing mental clutter to get in the way of any fresh writing. I’m frustrated by the fact that I’m one chapter away from finishing the first draft of my novel and yet can’t quite motivate myself to wrap it up. I’ve also got the science-fiction short story that I’ve been working on for several months now and can’t quite get right. I also have one or two other short story projects that are stalling.

Consequently I’ve decided two things: firstly I will get back into doing some exercise in the morning (so at least I’m making good use of my time no matter what); secondly, I will finish the damn novel. Hopefully both of those measures will get the blood flowing.