1. Isolation of an Idea
Choosing the one great idea – after talking up a few, it’s the one that lights up faces, the one that lights you up, the one that when you talk about it that it feels like the rush of ground moving under as you step on the gas.
So you write down the bones. It’s your story now.
Where is this thing going? You had it, and then you lost it. Now you have it again. It’s not a little idea anymore it’s a behemoth. Get help. Join a writer’s group, take a workshop; everybody loves your story. So why do you feel like giving up?
3. The bargain
You make a deal with yourself: just write the damn thing. You have a plot and you know what goes where at least enough to get started and you know your characters enough to put them to work. No matter how it all falls together in the end, you can make it work in the end. Like a puzzle, you will fit the pieces together.
Write the pieces. Get it written. Finish the first draft and edit later.
Finished the first draft. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. What were you thinking? Put it away and let it stew in its own terrible overwritten, under plotted juices. Start something else or become a plumber.
Take out first draft and read it. What a Stephen King moment – this thing isn’t half bad. It’s more than half good. It’s really good. Accept that it needs a rewrite or two and get on it. Edit the hell out of it and start looking for an agent. Accept from the very beginning you had a great idea and you are on your way to getting published. You nut, you. Now get going on another one.
How have you suffered to get to your final draft?
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