Today has been the first time for a good long while that I have sat down and done a decent session of productive writing for an entire morning. There have been plenty of times when I have been writing, of course, but that feeling of being able to get up and running and stay on the move without coming up against some kind of barrier has been absent for a while.

Thankfully this good session was the result of a problem confronted and solved in a piece which was fine as it was but which needed a slightly refurbished overall plan. Happily I came up with a new idea for a certain moment which then spread out from there and managed to throw the whole piece into focus.

Both with this and the orchestral piece I am at the stage where I am coming towards the middle of the journey but still not quite at the tipping point where the whole outline of the piece becomes clear. This has always been a difficult part of the process for me, and I keep reminding myself that I have encountered it innumerable times before, and that those pieces are finished.

It also felt as if I was working this morning with a little less of the burden of the world and the way that it is, which is not to say that the news out there has suddenly become bright and sunny, for it is anything but. Somehow, though, I was able to get on with things in the manner of a few months ago, without that grinding heaviness of the outside world and all that is going on.

I hope that this is a sign that I shall soon be turning a corner and getting back to where I was and the productivity that I had at the start of the year. I have kept going and kept at it without slowing down significantly, but it has been difficult with the dearth of performances and opportunities of late, so maybe things will brighten just a little over the coming days.