I’m hoping that December is going to be the herald of a quieter but more productive writing period. I’ve had so many things to write about these last few weeks and virtually no time to write about them! I find life is beginning to settle into periods of huge activity outside the house when I have no creative energy left to write which alternates with periods when I do nothing but write, concentrating on short stories and sending out in batches. I used to worry about this, thinking that I should be writing every day or I would lose the rhythm. This is true when working on longer projects, I feel that to keep the entire story in my head requires consistency of effort. I’ve been writing short stories for so long now that I find I can settle down and get into the mindset in a matter of minutes. Perhaps that’s down to practice, perhaps routine but more than likely it’s because I have put the hours in and developed a skill that I was once unfamiliar with. Over the years I’ve found a way forward that suits me and I would think it varies wildly to what other people might do – but there’s also the possibility that someone feels exactly as I do about writing. Also, doing different things gives me all sorts of inspiration for stories that I wouldn’t be able to generate sitting constantly at my desk, staring out of the window.
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