I love new seasons and new semesters. The fresh start is invigorating. Regardless of whether you are an enrolled student, take the changing weather as a signal to look at your writing and long term plan. Decide when you can write, revise, research and submit your work over the next few months. Schedule time regularly (daily, weekly or monthly) to work on your project. Block off time when you won't be multitasking (no email, laundry or anything else.) And then follow that plan.
Write. Carve out time, even in fifteen minute increments, to write.
If you don't have time to write one day, give yourself at least five minutes to read through your most recently writing. Then, give yourself permission to think about the piece during the day (any time - at a stop light or waiting for the elevator.) If a resolution or next scene comes to you, jot down a quick note to yourself or leave yourself a voice mail (I tend to email myself notes throughout the day.) Then, before you go to bed, make sure the note is clear and try to get back to writing the next day.
The goal is to live with your work. Come back to it regularly and let your mind sort through the tangles as they appear.
Distance between drafts works, but so does intense attention to a piece. Whatever you do, keep writing and trying different approaches. Whatever worked on the last project might work again, or it might not. If it doesn't, switch it up and try something new. You can always revert to earlier drafts and try another approach.
There's no right or wrong way to write. But you do need to write.
Looking for individualized help? I'm available to work with you as a private writing coach. Click through to learn more.