I remember my March IWSG (not ISWG (;) where I boldly announced I'd get my edits finished before the A-Z challenge in April.
Jokes on me because it's almost mid-June and guess what? I'm still doing edits. For the whole month of April and May I didn't touch my wip. I know, how scandalous of me. Bad, bad writer! By the end of May, I found the more I ignored my wip, the easier it was to ignore, make up excuses, procrastinate, and feel even more insecure about it--until last weekend.
A good friend of mine is an artist. She paints using different kinds of medium and it's amazing how talented she is. Anyway, she was leaving town with her family for the weekend and she offered her house up to me as my very own writer's cave for a whole day. That meant a whole day of uninterrupted writing, no distractions, no telephone, no internet, no little people, no big people, no pets, no gardening, no laundry, no cooking, no housework--just hours and hours of writing. I scrambled to get myself organized on the home front then packed my stuff up that morning, and spent the day at her house. It turned out to be an amazing day and one of the best gifts I've received in a long time. But what's even better is that I made real progress with my wip and edits. Don't get me wrong, I'm still suffering through them, but I can see the finish line and guess what? I fell in love with the story all over again. Having that amount of alone time with my wip rekindled a spark that I hadn't felt in a while.
So my point with today's post is this: sometimes, all it takes is a change of scenery and a few uninterrupted hours with your wip to have a breakthrough that'll bring you closer to the finish line.