Was just talking to good friends (one a writer, another a reader) about the writing process and realised that my first draft involves tricking the monkey mind into focusing long enough to carry the thread of a story. I feel like a mother distracting a small child with shiny toys, so its mouth falls open and I can spoon in the mashed-up food…and once in a while I walk about tearing my hair because the child is whimsical and does as he pleases.
Have been writing a piece once in a while based on prompts, and all I need to figure out now is how to sustain the momentum for tens of 1000s of words. As Piers Anthony said, “One reason I don’t suffer Writer’s Block is that I don’t wait on the muse, I summon it at need.” Indeed.
I’m writing more or less everyday, trying to be as disciplined as possible in my drafts, but sustained writing has eluded me so far.
All suggestions welcome.