I’ve hit something of a slump halfway through the second draft of my novel. Every day it’s becoming more of a struggle to load up that word document and edit the words in to something that I don’t hate. I’m not sure why, best guess is that I’m just burned out after spending hours upon hours being so involved with it. I keep finding reasons to do anything other than work on it at the moment. The desire to procrastinate is worryingly stronger than usual.
Today I woke up with good intentions, but my brain decisively declared that my WordPress theme (Zoren, incidentally) was all wrong and needed to be changed immediately lest anyone see it and think I have no taste at all. So after half an hour of browsing themes and finding none that could fully encompass the magnitude of my stellar writing, I returned to my original theme only to find that I had managed to break my widgets and a fair bit of my site’s layout. I was actually quite impressed at how much damage I had done. So I set about fixing it and after much precise fiddling (procrastinating) with colours and headers, I think I made it look half decent again. (Side note: has anyone else noticed the colours in the customiser never match what the site actually displays?)
Happy with the new look, I smugly congratulated myself and trotted off to make myself a celebratory cup of tea. As a bonus it now displays better on mobile without a distorted header image. I suppose if anything then I can at least use that to justify not getting any writing done this afternoon.
Realising I’m not getting much work done at the moment I made a decision. While I usually try to write every day (keep developing the habit, right?) I’ll take a few days off over the weekend and force myself to forget about my novel entirely. Hopefully, after enough whisky, I’ll reset and come back to it with fresh eyes and feel more engaged (once I get over the hangover). Good plan? Great plan.
© 2015, Gavin Zanker. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.