Slow progress is progress

Writing is hard work. Just when I think Aha! I got this figured out! ? it slips right through my hands. Last summer I wrote six pages a day for a month. And I wrote with passion and liked what I was writing. It was easy.
Now I’m barely getting two or three pages a day written. And I when I am writing it is mostly a frustrating experience.
There are a number of factors causing this. And being able to recognize them is why I’m still able to get at least a little done every day.
My personal life is going through some major changes. Last summer my partner was out of town for most of the month I was writing. So I was pretty much living alone. Now my partner is very much here but we are also going through a difficult transition in our relationship. It’s not easy to find my creative energies under these circumstances. But for a couple hours a day I’m getting some work ? done.
There’s also the material itself that is giving me some difficulty. The sections I was writing last summer were filled with action and dynamic interactions between the characters. But the part I’m working on now is more about internal change. I’m intentionally trying to avoid action ? and the character is in a very lonely period so there aren’t many dynamic interactions ?.
And there’s the fact that what I’m working on now is the middle section and so is much more fixed than when I started writing last summer.
Fortunately, I was working on this section all of last semester. So I have 29 pages written after one week. And the story has progressed about 1/4th of the way through what it needs to.
It’s slow progress but still it’s progress. At this rate, I’ll still have a complete draft by summer 2007.

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