When writing a new project, particularly one about which one is enthusiastic, it is lethal to pause.
Even if you only write a sentence, a line, edit a piece of dialogue, or plan your next scene, you must not stop writing, not even for a day. Losing momentum happens overnight, and before you know it, you can’t remember the name of your protagonist and what exactly he was doing with a gold sovereign in the middle of the night.
That’s why, despite several important work deadlines, I stayed up to write another scene. Even if it was largely aimless. Even if it may well get cut in the next edit. It has kept my interest alive.
As has blogging about it.