I just spent another afternoon at Urban Coffee, but this time I was by myself. Emmy is working/out of town this week, so I decided that I needed to get out of the house to write. I wrote for a good three hours, researched Bible verses for another hour. I’ve discovered over the last few weeks that I am most productive when I’m completely away from the house. Yes, I can disconnect my computer from the internet and sit outside…and that works for an hour or two before I get distracted again…or it gets too dark…or my computer battery runs low. But getting out of the house, for some reason, I can’t get as distracted.
I finished another chapter today. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m finishing about a chapter a week. For now, this is satisfactory to me…soon, I’ll be aiming to finish two chapters a week. It’s like conditioning myself for a race. I have to work up to the point of writing during more hours of the day. And for the first time in my life, I can focus on writing THIS novel…this ONE novel. I don’t have to be working on another novel for one of my classes…or a short story…or any other piece. I can focus on “Nor the Battle” and I intend to not start another story until I have this one finished.
I think you have the right approach. Everyone works in their own way. Some people swear by coffee shops. Some need an office in their home they work in. I used to work in my bedroom where my desk was perfectly placed and I had all my books. Then all the furniture was moved around by my sister and now I can’t work there. It just bugs the heck out of me. So I work downstairs next to the fireplace and that’s working out ok.
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