June is a day away, and I thought I would have my book finished by now. I'm working on a book for families - a Christmas project - called "The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure."
I work on it furiously during November and December, because I'm thinking of Christmas, of course. Come January, I'm weary of the thing (it involves a lot of pictures) and I set it aside for awhile, swearing to be done by June. I'm ashamed to admit I've done this for three years.
I know this is an unproductive pattern. Well, it's productive during November and December, and then the factory practically shuts down. I clearly struggle to write about a holiday when the holiday is not upon me. Is there a remedy for this?
I think it's this: I have to keep writing.
When the Christmas cookies are gone, I have to keep writing about Christmas. When the Valentine candy appears in stores, I have to keep writing about Christmas. When St. Patrick's day rolls around and May tulips are springing up, I have to keep writing about Christmas. When Independence Day cookouts are smoking and school starts back up...I have to keep writing about Christmas.
If I could do this for just ONE year, I know my work in progress would be my work is done. At least until I find a publisher, and their suggestions send me back to the factory for some adjustments.
Is anyone else working on a project that is seasonal, or circumstantial, and when that atmosphere wanes, so does some of your motivation?