My major writing goal for 2008 is to finish Blood of the Mist and submit it. To that end, I am participating in the Book-in-a-Week group (pretty sure I’ve mentioned that here already). Monday starts the first BIW challenge of the year!
I intend to write at least 40 pages of new material each month, not necessarily all during the BIW challenge week, but I’d like to get a good chunk of that done every month during the challenge. So, this month my challenge goal is 30 pages. If I am figuring things correctly (and I could be way off since this will be my first time completing a full first draft of a novel), with the 40 pages per month, I will complete the first draft by the end of March. Three months!
I am almost there, getting so close…This is exciting and scary and…WOW! As I come closer to the point where I’m going to have to start revisions and then finally let someone read it, I am getting nervous. What if I suck? What if my book sucks? What if I can’t fix it? Aack! But now is not the time to let myself think about that. Now is the time to finish the first draft. Then I can think of what comes next. If I let myself think about it too soon, I will become paralyzed by fears and self-doubt. No fears. Just words.