First though, I'm up to 35 pages now and I'm very near to getting the protagonists out of the village and on their way to the larger quest. I didn't get my five pages done per day, obviously, but I did get something useful completed each day.
And that's where we get back to Charles De Lint. He said it was important to keep working on your story every day. Now I believe in that myself, keeping the writing momentum going and all that. But Charles gave a really good reason as to why you should do that. He said that while you're working on your story every day, your subconscious and conscious mind will keep working on it as well. Basically, you[ll keep working on it even when you're not working on it.
I've noticed that when I'm working on a novel, my brain never stops thinking about it, about what needs to come next, about the characters and dialog snippets. (As a side note, keep a notebook and pen with you EVERYWHERE. You never know when inspiration or some good stuff will come to you. Don't lose it) So that really rang true to me.
He also said that his goal each day he sits down to write is to move the plot forward. No matter how many or how few pages he gets done, he wants to move the plot forward. And that's my new, stated goal for my writing: move the plot forward.
So, even though it's gaming night tonight, I'm going to do at least one or two scenes for the novel as well. Got to keep the momentum going.