Had a little challenge with writing this year.
Not because I've got writer's block. I've never had that. But rather, a little lack of inspiration and a tad too much pressure.
Book I took eight months to complete.
Book II only six months.
Book III should have been the hint when it required a whole year to finish. With promotions going on for the first book, I no longer had the free time I'd enjoyed before.
But it took until Book IV to realize - I simply could not get it done in the same time frame as the first two. I was pressuring myself to keep the same pace with everything, and it just wasn't going to happen!
The result - forced writing is very slow!
Now that I've relaxed, knowing the third is ready and I still have lots of time to do the fourth, inspiration has hit.
And the story is unfolding faster than I can write it down!
Have-to's put you in a position of pressure, whereas choose-to's put you in a position of power.
- from "The Power of Focus"