Finishing the Draft

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As always I'm inspired to write and the boys break up for Easter on Thursday. Yesterday I wrote words for the crime novel!

Muddled Manuscript

I said last week I was inspired by a tiger photo to take another look at my fantasy novel. It has plagued my mind and is not going away, unless I do something. I will read through the draft and take notes, if there's anything worth salvaging I'll find it. A few days ago I saved the draft as a PDF to on my iPad while taking notes. If I printed it out I'd have to lug around a huge amount of paper and that's not going to happen!

I will also carry on writing the crime novel, at least for the time being. Fear caused the stall, again. I get to a particular point in the novel, about two thirds of the way through, and worry about someone reading it. Hearing them tell me how awful the writing is and I should give up because I'm terrible, would crush me. But I know I have to push through this; it's the self-doubt demon trying to knock me off course again. 

When I was tracking my progress and reporting back to you lovely people I always wrote something. Perhaps it was the pressure of reporting but it worked, so my plan is to report progress again. 

Reporting won't start until after the Easter holidays because I will get no time for creation during the holidays. If I can hold myself to this plan then maybe I'll get the crime draft finished. 

Is your writing stumbling or are you on a mission to finish a project?

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18 comments:

  1. Don't listen to the self doubt! You'll get nothing done if you pay attention to those voices. I'm on a mission to complete my book and am racked with self doubt - particularly now it's coming to an end and people will have to actually read it!!! But that's all part and parcel of the writing game. Good luck and have a wonderful Easter x

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    1. Oh Zoe I'm totally with you on the 'people will have to actually read it', I think that's the thing that terrifies me! But yes, all part and parcel and we all have to deal with it. I hope you beat that self-doubt demon. Have a lovely Easter. xx

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  2. Ignore those demons and crack on lovely, you've been doing so well!! Hope you enjoy the holidays. As for me, there's so much I want to do blog wise, but I'm not feeling very inspired at all about the book. Ho hum. One day xx #whatimwriting

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    1. Thanks Renée, I am looking forward to the holidays but know I'll want to write the whole time. :)

      The inspiration for the book will come, and it'll most likely hit you in the midst of nappies and crazy kids! You'll get there hun, like you said 'crack on lovely'. xxx

      Have a lovely Easter. xx

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  3. Self-doubt can be crippling, especially when you're working on your own and don't have someone at your shoulder helping you out. It's great to hear the progress reports encourage you to get some writing done. I hope the momentum keeps going for you and have a lovely Easter x

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    1. Thanks Emily. I think that's one of the hardest things, working alone. I haven't let anyone read my stuff yet, mostly because it's not finished, but the idea of it scares me too. I need to get back to it so I can make some real progress.

      Hope the book is doing well and you have a lovely Easter too. xxx

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  4. You better report back on your progress after Easter Morgan, or we'll be on to you. There, is that enough pressure?! Deadlines and goals or fear or being reprimanded - there's nothing like it to get you kick started is there? Good luck. I'm sure you'll get back on it.

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    1. Ooh I like it Nicola! Thanks for that. I'll definitely report back now. ;)

      Hope the writing is going well for you too. Have a lovely Easter. xx

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  5. Don't listen to the self-doubt demon - give it a good hard kick! I find blogging about my writing goals really useful in holding me to account. I think when you're writing on your own it can be so easy to start listening to the doubts and drifting away from goals so 'telling' people what your plans are on your blog is helpful. I'm currently drifting a bit too as I wait for feedback on my picture books - that said, I'd love to go back to my children's book but it's already easter hols here and I have almost no time! So frustrating! After easter though I'll be on it! have a lovely break and thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting. xx

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    1. It is so hard to kick him sometimes, he's a sneaky old thing! The best way for me to make progress is to tell the lovely people of #WhatImWriting what my plan is. I find that's how I feel enough pressure to keep going but not too much that I stumble. Easter holidays start today (2nd April) for me but when they're back at school I'm pushing forward. :) Have a lovely Easter Maddy. xx

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  6. Brilliant stuff! Hope you can ride the wave of creativity. Two books I loved for progressing with creative projects are 'War of Art' & 'The Artists Way' have you read either (not that I want to get in the way of the writing ;))

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    1. Thanks! I haven't read either of these books but will put them on my list. Reading helps with the writing so it would never 'get in the way'. Thanks for the tips. Have a lovely Easter. xx :)

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  7. Totally normal, I wrote this a while back if it helps: A Creative Life-Pushing Through the Self Doubt http://honestmum.com/a-creative-life-pushing-through-the-self-doubt/ #allaboutyou x

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    1. Thanks for that hun, I read it this morning and left a comment. It really did help so thank you. Have a lovely Easter Vicki. xxx

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  8. I started to write a children's fiction book many years ago and would love to revamp it but since J K Rowling's global success I'm stuck because I feel I have to compete with her (and how could you!!!)

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    1. That's one of the major problems with all writers, we feel we have to compare ourselves to others. Here's the thing, what if you just write the book? You don't even have to do anything with it, just finish it. One writer that always makes me feel inadequate is Michael Crichton, he had amazing talent. But you know what, you can't let someone else's success put you off. For all you know you COULD be the next J K Rowling! If you don't try you won't be. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Linda, I appreciate it. xx

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  9. Ooh, I didn't realise you had multiple projects on the go! Good going.
    I hate getting stuck. My poor fantasy novel has been neglected for a year even though I'd love to get it finished. Not sure fantasy is really my genre but wanted to give it a go. Getting past the sticking point is the hardest bit x

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    1. I wrote my fantasy novel a few years ago, the first draft only took a couple of months but it is truly terrible. I've read through the first chapter and it's awful but I think there's some gems in there. I'll be trying to salvage them once I've finished the draft of my crime novel. That sticking point is tough isn't it? Good luck with your fantasy novel. xx

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