At four in the morning, the 4yr old decided to wake up and go to the bathroom and wanted me to go with him. He fell back to sleep and I was wide awake. I decided to get up and do a little SORMAG work and maybe get a little writing in.
I’m still working on the middle grade/young adult book. I’m at the second draft stage right now. I have about 150 pages so I need to expand a little more. I’ve broken the book down into chapters and I’m re-reading and doing what I’m calling layering. I have checklist of items I look for that I make sure is in each chapter to help it flow right.
Sometimes I like this process because I get more story ideas and sometimes I dread this part because I’ll read the chapter and be stuck because I don’t know what to add. The checklist has helped on focusing on what I need to improve the chapters.
I was able to knock out six chapters before the kids woke up. I was surprised that once I was up, I could concentrate on my assignment. It felt good because no one was there to interrupt me.
It would be so nice to do this every morning, but I can never get myself up to do it. Next week I’m going to try to get up an hour earlier and see if I can finish this second draft, so I can type in the changes. My hope is to start something new in May. I’m so ready to meet new characters.
What are your best times for writing?