Let's establish something before I get too far into writing this blog. It may sound like I'm dealing in advice. I really don't want it to sound that way. I don't like advice. I don't like giving it and I don't like taking it.
What I've managed to do is get a first draft of a book done. That doesn't make me an expert on anything. All I'm trying to do is show some of the things I've done that I believe brought me to this point and make me want to sit down and slug it out every single day. Just for the record, my second draft hit the one year mark a few days ago. As near as I can figure, I'm going to be working on this thing for at least until September. Trust me. If I was going to give any advice at all it would be this. Go find someone who can write quickly and efficiently and do what he does. I take a long time.
With that being said, I am really lucky to live in Orange County, California. I am surrounded by trails up in the hills that wind down into the canyons. One that I have been exploring this summer is Santiago Oaks Regional Park.
A few times a week, I have been able to get out and hit the trails. What do trails have to do with writing a book? A few minutes out on a trail calm my mind. It's almost meditative. When I begin, I have a thousand things swimming through my head. If I were to try and sit down and write, I probably wouldn't be able to begin.
All I have to do is focus on my breathing and putting one foot in front of the other. In a matter of minutes, I am able to disconnect from my everyday commitments and just let my mind wander.
Being out on a trail really relax me. Sometimes, I get an added bonus of bringing something back for my story. This morning, I was able to realize that the god one of my characters serves is to limited. I was able to expand who the god is and get a better insight on the character as well. It wouldn't have happened if I didn't get out there and move.