One of the things I’ve struggled with in the past is transitioning between projects. One day the words will be flying onto the page as fast as my fingers can type, and then I’ll type “the end” on a story.

And the next day, I’ll be stuck facing a blank page for a new story, or trying to reconnect with characters in an existing manuscript so I can revise.

I think I’m getting better at it. Like many things, practice helps. Daily word count goals help. Self-imposed deadlines help.

Yesterday I finished a short story, and after I’ve proofread it and sent it off to my critique partners, it will be time to start something new. I’m thinking of expanding another short story to novella length. The two main characters in the story are minor characters in an earlier story, and beta readers really seem to like them and want to read more about them. I hope to start that later this week.

Hopefully practice pays off and the transition between projects is smoother.

Midweek ROW80 check-in…

Writing: So far this week I’ve written 3,186 words and finished my short story. Still working on a title, but it’s currently called “Into the Faerie Forest.” This is the second title, but I’m still not sure it works. We’ll see what my critique partners think.

Reading: Finished reading Corsets and Clockwork, a short story collection. I would recommend it to fans of steampunk. There are some really good stories in this collection.

Decluttering: Good news. Hubby is now on board with my quest to get rid of five things a day. He’s offered to contribute two of the five. I’m not sure we’ll last the entire 100 days, but we’ll see how far we get.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to cheer on fellow participants.

How are your goals coming along? Do you ever struggle with transitioning between projects? What helps you in this process?

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