I think it’s fair to say that my third novel has proved to be tougher than the second.
Granted, this year has thrown a great many obstacles at me to try and de-rail my progress but it’s been hard work getting the words down.
Which is why I made the decision to take this week off work with the express purpose of getting some wring done.
We all say about practically anything in our lives, that when we have problems completing a given task or role, “If I only had more time”. When I worked in the fitness industry all those years ago, it was a common gripe that I heard when people described the issues that were stopping them being able to exercise and it’s the easiest thing to fall back on in every situation.
Time is a precious thing and we all have to make sure that we spend the currency wisely but that is a very different thing to spending it as we should.
I know, for example, that during the busiest periods in work, my working day can stretch to ten or twelve hours quite easily and there’ll be a great deal of mental gymnastics required to keep all of the tasks and requests heading in the right direction. I also know that after that, I SHOULD be heading to do some form of physical activity as I once did. More often than not, I WISELY (for me) choose to spend time with my wife relaxing at home.
I recognise that the chance to unwind my mind after the working day in the way I do with my wife is more valuable to me that heading off to the gym. If there were more hours in the day then it’s likely that I’d head out and train later on but for me, the available hours of an evening can be best spent doing something else. I become better doing what I do because I value my time with my wife.
We don’t fit that stuff in that there never seems to be time for because we value doing something else more.
I noticed that I needed to do something stronger than normal to get the writing moving again and taking a week to become a full writing week was the perfect idea. I’m showing myself as much as anybody, that I value my writing. I place a real value on what I do at the keyboard and being able to set aside a complete block of time for the sole purpose of working on the next book is reinforcing that very fact.
And after day one, I can certainly say that I’m getting the old machine moving again.