Chapter Six still forthcoming

I’m frustrated. I haven’t had a chance in the past two weeks to begin the actual writing work on Chapter Six of The Sleep of Reason. This is astonishing to me. In two whole weeks I haven’t been able to find a couple of hours of uninterrupted time to write. Other obligations intrude, but even so, it’s hard to believe that I can’t find the hours in all that time.

This is not to say I haven’t been working on the novel. I have my synopsis of Chapter Six pretty much complete. I know firmly what must happen in the chapter and how to go about it. And I’ve even begun the synopsis for the following chapter. I’m pleased with at least that much progress. I’m eager to get to it.

I’m not one who can sit down for a few minutes and write new material. I can edit and refine things I’ve already done. And I can brainstorm and prewrite in such moments. But for me, the act of creative writing requires my mental immersion in the world I am writing about. This takes time and requires solitude and silence. I will often rise very early in the morning to find these unbroken hours of peace and quiet. They are my most productive times.

Given that, I can understand — grudgingly — how it might happen that two weeks can go by without a few hours of writing time, but I sure hope it doesn’t happen again.

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