I didn't think it was possible but I appear to be on the verge of accomplishing even less in the month of August than I did in the month of July. I would seem to be an even bigger waste of space than I usually am. It's not a very positive attitude to have, I know. It happens some times.
Now it's happening because I'm very out of focus. I'm very out of sync and I just can't seem to get started with anything. It's been an alarming trend over the last few months and I can't say that I'm enjoying it.
Nor do I know how to pull myself out of it.
Last month, I read a lot. If you looked at my book review, you'll know that's true. When I get through ten books in one month, it's a sure sign that I wasn't writing a lot. And I wasn't. I'd been working on the Problem Character and his Problem Scene and while it was coming together, it was doing so slowly. So I read instead. I figured that was good because as Stephen King said (or wrote, rather in his book On Writing), "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."
Now fast forward to August and not only am I still working on the same damn scene, I've only managed to read three books. I'm very disappointed with myself.
Not that this month has been a complete loss. Yes, I did work a lot the first two weeks and I'll have a very happy shiny paycheck to show for it. Ruthie's son is doing just about as well as he could be. And, over the weekend, I managed to scrape together an idea for NaNoWriMo 2011.
Now, keep in mind, that I mean 'idea' in the very broadest definition of the word possible. I have a character name (Jessalyn Jones) and an image of an opening scene. Apparently, it's going to be a suspense novel. Probably a very un-suspenseful one with no ending (I don't view this as being negative. Just realistic. I have yet to write an ending for a NaNoWriMo project.). In preparation for this, I will be spending the month of October reading suspense novels. Have one you'd like to recommend? Let me know!