Ever been overwhelmed by the scope of the project in front of you?
A few weeks after my hand surgery I turned my attention to revising my current work in progress (a hockey story).
As I dug into my revision process I realized that my draft is, shall we say…..not polished. And the ending doesn’t work. And I have too many secondary characters running around who don’t contribute to the story.
So I sat down to work through my beat sheet, and found myself staring at The Mountain.
(No, not really the guy from Game of Thrones….but every bit as intimidating.)
The Mountain seems insurmountable at the beginning. It makes me wonder if there’s any way to get through the process of making this rough first draft into something people will love.
I think this is one of the ways we story tellers succumb to writer’s block. We want _everything_ to be perfect. Trying to correct everything at once makes us lose faith in our ability.
Well, we need to adopt a new outlook. Remember, to tackle a mountain you have to take the first step. And then ten more. And another hundred. Until you reach the top. It’s the same with writing–every bit of progress leads you further to the destination of a finished novel.
What was my first step to defeating the Mountain? I got a blank calendar and set a date to finish revisions. Then I built my schedule backwards to today.
CampNaNoWriMo starts July 1. I will be in my cabin revising like crazy. Come join me, if you’d like to conquer your mountain!