Need to learn how to better manage my own rhythms

lq0hc4I've been trying for the last month to write something new, and it's been going terribly. Note, I don't have anything new in mind. I've been trying to come up with an idea and then write it. Everything, though, has been distinctly unsatisfactory. I attribute this, in part, to winter doldrums. Simply put: I'm usually less happy in the winter, and it often affects my ability to produce new work. It's one thing to come up with a good idea, but if I'm unable to feel excited about it, then I find it very hard to write.

Meanwhile, I wrote a new middle-grade novel last November! And it's been sitting unrevised on my hard drive for months! And this is after I vowed, last year, to reduce the amount of time it takes me to turn things around! Admittedly, there is a solid reason for letting this sit. I already have another middle-grade novel that's going to be on submission sometime this year, and it's unclear when I'd be able to put this second book, (working title: A Sword Named PERHAPS) out on sub.

But still, right now I'm basically doing nothing productive, and if I could, instead, revise up A Sword Named PERHAPS and put it in the hands of some beta readers, then I'd at least be moving it closer to submission. So today I officially washed my hands of all hopes for working on new stuff, and I started to go through the book.

It's been a pleasant surprise. Part of me had feared that it would be a terrible book, but it's not. It's a very different book, in my opinion, than any I've written before. It's my first with multiple point of view characters, and it's probably my most cerebral book--I designed it, in some ways, from the top down. But it's a good one, and I'm looking forward to working on it.

Anyway I don't expect it'll take me more than two or three weeks to get through this draft, and hopefully during that time my subconscious will throw up some leads re: new work.