Writing into the New Year
Sunday, 31 January, 2016
It's been a little while since I've had the opportunity to cover the work I've been up to. I trust that my readers had a great Christmas period and are settling into the new year well. The reason why I haven't had the chnce to write anything has been because I was creating a narrow-release technical analysis paper. At less than 10,000 words, it wasn't very long, but it somehow took me many weeks of effort to even get close by the deadline (which I managed to meet). At times it felt like I wasn't getting much more than a hundred or so words per week of writing done, even though I was spending many hours of effort on the paper.
It was also a bit of an effort to change the way I thought about writing - not being able to write flowing prose, instead having to argue and fully justify written positions. This took a bit of adjustment, and I was getting a little worried coming up to the deadline that things weren't going to come together. Thankfully, a couple of days before the deadline, the block came unstuck, and the words and logical arguments flowed freely across the page, and the feedback from reviewers was appropriately improved.
What all of that time and effort did mean was that I was unable to spend any time or effort on editing or writing my other books, and so they've sat untouched for a number of weeks. I think I also found that I might have had a touch of burnout, which probably explains why I felt I couldn't get any momentum going either with writing new content, or the editing process.
I might take a little bit more time before going back into the editing process, and ensuring that I'm happy with where things were and are heading with the book. Things are feeling positive, and now that I've freed up some of the other deadlines and tasks that were taking up my time, I do hope that I can get back into things in short order.