Ok, so this whole "writing thing" really hasn't been happening for the past couple of days. I don't particularly know why, I would just get on the train and zonk out or stare out the window with my computer on my lap until I gave up and read.
Over the weekend, I plotted out the background of one of my characters. I plan to write it out. That would be a good thing to tackle this week, since I am leaving for vacation Wednesday night I don't expect to get much writing done this week either.
I think one problem I've been having is that I'm finding out I need to do more planning and background work. I've been trying to avoid brainstorming because that's always what slowed me down. A la, "If I already know what happens, why do I have to write it?" But I'm finding I need to know more about my characters before I throw them into scenes, because when I start "pantsing" my characters (haha) they all turn out exactly the same. And not that interesting. I originally started working on the background of my villain because I was going to break it into chunks and use it as epigraphs in the beginning of each chapter, but I think it's just a really good exercise and may do it for the other characters too. (Plus, everyone loves origin stories (especially me). X-Men: First Class rocked, if you haven't seen it yet.)
The problem with all of these really cool origin stories is that I don't feel like I'm writing. I'm not making any headway on my WIP, and even though I am sorting out important information in my head I feel like I'm just making excuses not to write.
I know I'm still learning how this whole hoopla works. My biggest problem is still keeping myself focused. This is where Ravenclaw's Lost Diadem would be handy (damn that Tom Riddle!).