My decision to unofficially participate in NaNoWriMo, by writing 2k or so words a day on my existing manuscript, proved to be just the impetus I needed to really get to work on an academic article.
I’ve been putting this article off for several weeks. It’s hard going, and there’s not a set deadline. That’s just a bad combination.
I spent the better part of this morning stewing over my novel, roiling out difficult spots and working through possible settings, character arcs, and plot twists. Ideas appeared where they hadn’t before. The story moved with a brusqueness it’s lacked for months.
So, inscrutably, when I finally ensconced myself at the computer, I proceeded to work on the third section of an unrelated academic article.
I hadn’t expected it to happen quite like that.