Oh yeah, I can tick off the #amreading box easily, even when I'm reading less than usual (as I am now), but the #amwriting bit is struggling under all the life stuff.
All I can say is thank goodness for flash fiction. Without those prompts, those opportunities to write anything from 500-1500 words on my collaborative site FictionCanBeFun, I'd be going absolutely C.R.A.Z.Y.
My goal this year was to plan, plan, plan. And whilst I am putting a fair bit of planning into ensuring we have posts written and scheduled for FCBF at least a couple of months in advance, when it comes to doing the planning in order to move forward any of my current WIPs (or is that WsIP), I have fallen by the wayside.
I have a few projects on the boil - in other words, I've sat down and written them in the pantser fashion - anything from 2,000 to 10,000 words - but then struggled to get any further. Without a regular writing habit, I lose the muse by the time I sit back down in front of the keyboard again.
The only project I can make progress with is the memoir I am writing about my childhood memories of my father. But that is easier; there my plan is simply a list of events. I expand on each item from the list whenever I'm able to get some writing time. One day that list will be complete and I'll have to look at writing some linking stuff. Only this weekend, as I was driving, an idea of how to open my book came to me. And the closing sentence was written after a similar episode ages ago. But, this project is very much a personal piece of writing; one that may never see the light of day.
So I really need to get some structure going with the other WsIP. But planning and outlining don't give me nearly so much enjoyment as writing and - right now - I can really do with that enjoyment in my life.
On FictionCanBeFun, part of our plan is to develop a community of guest posters. My writing partner, David, is way more active than I at seeking out guest posters. I have one promised, but I need to do more in the way of networking and chatting to my fellow authors on Twitter. Maybe part of the problem is that I'm enjoying the writing. It's meeting that particular need in me which isn't being met by all those WsIP being at a halt whilst I get my planning into gear.