Earlier this fall, I decided to focus on prepping my novel based on the Blizzard of 1888, with the goal of beginning the actual writing during winter vacation. I planned to take a break from the novel in December to write my annual Christmas short story about the Wallaby baking party (the sequel to Sugar and Spice and Dustpans and Broomsticks, if you want to read the originals before I post this year’s story). During the novel prep, I also scheduled work on a series of articles, guest posts and short stories so that I wouldn’t get bogged down in research and character studies and not actually write. My writing habits served me well, and by mid-November, I was ahead of schedule with all my Blizzard prep done and a new short story, two guest posts, and several query letters sent off.
But then I was stuck figuring out what to do for the rest of November. I didn’t feel enough in the holiday spirit to start the Christmas story, and didn’t want to start the novel knowing I’d be interrupting myself in a couple of weeks.
And of course, taking a break wasn’t an option, because that’s not who I am.
So I decided to do a writing boot camp. [Read more…]