With only four more days til “The Role” officially launches, I’ve started to really look to my next project. Currently I am working on a novel that explores Gaymer culture, but in the event that “The Role,” does very well I do have a companion book in mind for it. While Mason’s story is most likely at an end (at least for now) some core members of the cast have stories I’d love to tell. When I was writing “The Role” my process was very structured. I was unemployed, so I would wake up, have breakfast, read a bit, and then start writing. Nowadays, I not only have a day job, but I’ve also got a lovely daughter to take care of. This has led me to really struggle to change my perception of what I need to do on a daily basis. For starters, I’ve accepted I won’t likely have the chance to write every day. The advice to write every day is one of the oldest, and it’s one I wish I could follow. However, I do think that the advice to “write every day” is more about encouraging writers to not put off writing (which is very easy to do.) In addition, I know my old word count goal of 1,500 words a day is not likely to be feasible. When I had a few hours a day to do it, it was easy, but nowadays I’m shooting for writing 500 words at least three times a week. This is hard for me, because it feels too slow. When I go the gym I like to have 90 minutes to do it (which I have not had in ages.) The reason is, I prefer to do my cardio (treadmill) for a full 60 minutes. Factoring in transit time to and from the gym as well as basics of getting dressed, that mainly takes 90 minutes. Lately, I’ve not had that kind of time, and for a few weeks I just told myself I should get my cardio by walking around outside. The problem is, I don’t push myself as well as a treadmill forces me to, so I’ve had to adjust my thinking. The same is true for writing, while it maddens me that my new goal accomplishes as much in one week as I used to accomplish in a single day, writing at least that much per week is better than me waiting til I will magically have more time. Of course, if I’m lucky, I’ll write more, but at this stage baby steps are needed. Fortunately, my daughter is learning to walk, so I’m watching her learn to take literal baby steps, and that’s a great thing!