Writing, Moving, and Other Problems

I don’t know about all of you, but whenever I get crazy stressed out I just can’t seem to concentrate on writing. It’s so bad in fact that I get this aversion to writing anything. That’s pretty much what has been going on lately. What with work, planning for the big move across the country, and buying a house, I somehow haven’t had room in my brain for working on my story. Kind of a bummer, but what are you going to do, right? I know that once I get moved I’ll have some time to get back into the habit, but for now I’m not going to beat up on myself too much. Moving across the country is crazy stressful without adding in the guilt of not getting some unreasonable amount of writing done.

Just as a little mental exercise I want to talk about where I’m at with the story. It’s a middle grade book — or at least my wife thinks it reads like a middle grade book — about a young girl who discovers a conspiracy going on with some supernatural bad guys. I’ve done a little rethinking of the main character (e.g. what she was like before she got to her current, conspiracy ridden school) so as to set her up for becoming friends with some of the characters I want to write into the story later. Thing is, it’s tough to go back and write in parts about a character when you’re not looking at the story fairly often. I mean, there’s a sort of rhythm that I get into when I am writing on a story regularly so that I can feel how changes will affect the whole of the story. Does that make sense?
On a little side note, I’m super excited to move! I have lived in Washington for about 5 years now and I feel like it’s time to be getting on. Plus, we’re buying a new house which makes it all the more awesome. Maybe I’ll meet some new writers in the area? I hope so.