Book 2 is going well *touches wood*. I've been writing every other day and that seems to be working for me. On writing days I manage about 1,000 words before my brain goes 'that's enough' and shuts down. On the days that I don't write my brain still thinks about my novel and I've had ideas for various scenes/bits of dialogue/funny bits on the train, on the sofa, at work, right before I fall asleep. Pretty much everywhere really. As a result I've now got lots of scribbled notes on the backs of envelopes, important letters and, very occasionally, actually in my notebook. Hmmm...time to transfer them all to my index cards so I've got them all in one place.
Anyway, I've got a secret weapon for those days when I'm supposed to write but the words won't come...
Write or Die!
I first saw this linked to on Sally's blog and I think it's a genius idea. Basically you set yourself a word goal and the amount of time you're giving yourself to write those words (2 hours max) and then you choose the mode you want - from gentle (if you stop writing the screen gradually goes red and you get a pop up message telling you to get writing) to normal (screen goes red plus scary noise if you stop writing) to kamikaze (if you stop writing it starts deleting your words!!! Not recommended).
On the subject of links...
Do you ever find yourself using the same physically descriptions over and over again to express certain moods e.g. she frowned, he bit his bottom lip, she glared, he folded his arms etc (it's easily done over the course of 80-100,000 words!). If so check out the site below:
Body language cues to emotion
I don't recommend you use the exact words/phrases used on the site but it's certainly useful for thinking about the way a character might physically show that they're defensive/nervous etc.
Book 2 word count: 3,087 / 90,000 (3.4% written)