I've been bad. Haven't posted in a few days, but I have to say, EUREKA!!
As I alluded to in a few of my previous posts, I was having a really tough time these past few weeks. There were a few health issued going on that were not only distracting me, but making it very hard to concentrate on what I needed to do (on many levels).
Anyway, the doc says I'm fine, but I've gotten on mega doses of vitamins, changed my diet (and actually losing weight), and getting more sleep than usual (bump up the Omega 3 for healthy heart and vascular health--more blood to the brain, the better it works). In just a matter of weeks I can feel the transformation to my old self, yay!
The Eureka moment though is how clear my mind is now. Thursday and Friday I plowed through two more chapters. The problem I'm dealing with is that when I wrote the first draft, I dumped everything I could possible think of into it. At my last sitting, I found several sections that weren't bad, but the information was out of sequence. When that happens I separate the sentences and put them back together as if they were a puzzle--one line at a time. Today I'm going to start work on chapter 25. I've edited thousands of words from this manuscript and yet continue to add to the word count. I'm current at 66,993 words. :)
So, the moral of the story is, take care of yourself and don't force yourself to write. Damn the deadlines. Walk away from it for as long as it takes to get your muse back.