Phil: This Friday, we are going mojo hunting. Candice sent me an e-mail a couple of weeks ago suggesting “You and I need to do more writing as I think the reason we have lost our mojo is that we have stepped away from the thing that got us excited in the first place”
With this in mind, our plan is to meet up for no more than an hours chat followed by some writing time in either the library or a quiet pub.
That’s writing time on Book 2 with headphones in and no distractions. Not even cake.
You might wonder quite why we can’t just do this as home. In fact why is it that so many writers need to get out of the house to produce their prose? JK Rowling famously gave birth to Harry Potter at cafe tables.
Home might be where we work sometimes, it is for me, but unless you have iron discipline then it’s also full of distractions. Maybe you don’t get gossip around the water cooler, but there is plenty to take you away from whatever it is you are supposed to be doing.
Working in close proximity give us another advantage – it feels like you are working as a team. Plugging away on a novel is soul-destroying some of the time but working together is much more pleasant.
Returning to Book 2 does require one action before Friday though – we’ve both got to go back and re-read it so we know the holes to fill. I wonder if it will be as good as we remember?