I know, I know I should do this more often. I'll try to blog once a week!
Something I have found is that when I'm writing, as opposed to reviewing, editing, plotting or any of the other stuff that goes with the territory, I need to do it fast.
First draft should go down fast and dirty. I don't know how other authors do it, but for me, if I stop or my output goes under a certain number of words a day I lose the impetus, and the story starts to lag. I stop making the connection with my characters, and it takes me a lot longer to get back into the story.
When I revise, I cut great swathes, add other chunks, tighten and such, but I can do this in a more considered way.
So that's what I've been doing. Writing. I'm pleased to say I can see the end of "Rubies of Fire" now, and it's gone much better than I thought it would. My second vampire book!