Welcome to another Insecure Writers Support Group meeting. If you haven’t come across it yet (although I think that’s highly unlikely), IWSG is about sharing your insecurities and encouragement with other writers. The wonderful thing about this is that once your insecurities are out there, there are always people who are in the same boat, or who’ve learnt how to deal with the problem. I highly recommend that any writer join up. 🙂
And now, on to my post.
Those of you who haven’t been to my blog in a while might notice that it’s undergone a name change. And that the count down timer is back. I’ve basically set myself this almost impossible goal and gave myself a time until I do it.
All very good and well. Gives me something to strive towards. And motivation to keep going.
Problem is that I’m not all that sure about how I’ll do it. I mean, I understand that I need to finish as many books as possible in order to even stand a chance of getting somewhere close to my goal.
But how? See… I have something like four finished drafts that need to be rewritten. Then I have sixteen story ideas and rough drafts in progress. (I limited myself to these for now or else I’d go insane.) Common sense would say that I should rewrite, revise and finish the four I’ve written.
Except for one thing. I have the first two books in a series under contract. They’re both done. The sequel to the second is an unfinished draft and since I have to assume that I didn’t spend over five years working on something that’ll sell badly. So. The third will need to be done.
And I am a slow drafter. Especially when it comes to this series. There’s just too much to keep track of for me to just rush through. So. I need to get book 3 done to the point where I can simply rewrite it.
Which is exactly what I’m doing now. I’m drafting like mad. And I will be doing so until book 3 is done.
But am I doing the right thing?
Anyone else have mad or madly important goals? (Check out my bloghop if you do.) How do you pick what to write when you have too much writing to do?