Well, I hate to say it, but it happened.
About four years ago, when I began extremely early drafts of my novel
and conceiving the plot, characters, and background info, it was my
intent to have the first volume completed; in the earliest of draft
forms by August 6th, 2016. That day marked
20 years since the publication of A Game of Thrones, the first book in the
Song of Ice and Fire series. That's because while reading the books that were out at the time, they served as the spark to get me to write. Well, that day is coming up this week and I’m nowhere close to meeting that.
I’ve made progress, but it’s all distributed across over a few character
chapters, plot notes, background info, notes on the map…..there’s still
quite a bit to do, but I’ve been laying the foundation. I’m creating
the world as I’m putting story elements and
characters into it. It’ll go a lot better (not to mention faster) once
the world building has had a lot more work. Not only that, but I work
37.5 hours a week. And I don’t feel like writing every time I’m at the
computer as well. It’s trickier to find the
time and effort to put into it. I’d like to put more, but it seems
‘spare writing time’ is harder to come by.
But when I do write, it’s going quite well. I’d put to put in more time.
I’m going to take this missed deadline as stern effort to get more
writing in. I won’t force it, but I’ll do better management wise to
allow for more writing. I also have a short story
I’m working on I hope to complete in October, so we’ll see how that
goes as well….