So I tried something a bit different with this one. Half of the piece was done as a blind contour in several minute-long bursts. After every few minutes, I'd look down at the paper, see what I was drawing, reorient my pencil if the proportions were too out-of-whack, and then repeat. After drawing the flower blind for about 10-20 minutes, I began to actively look at the piece and touch up the parts that I thought lacked interesting details.
I think this actually came out pretty well, all things considered. Might do this again sometime soon now that I have a new flower to draw.