Last night I had a temper tantrum.
I realized it was going to be summer vacation in three weeks! I was supposed to be just about done my WIP at this point! The summer was going to be for beta readers and then a final round of adjustments. The thing is, you see, I’m nowhere close. I mean I’m so far from the final product that I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever make it to the end.
“I must be doing something wrong!” I yelled. “How can I be working on the same novel for so long and still be editing the beginning?”
The problem is I keep having new story, and when you have new story you have to go back to the beginning and write in this new story.
The result is that I’m still editing Part 1. Then of course I have Parts 2 & 3 to tackle, right?
I’m often frustrated lately, I feel stuck. I’m not blocked, I’m working every moment I have, but I keep re-working things until they will be to my liking and I’m at the point where I feel this will never happen. I’m scared that the new story situation will never end, and although I fundamentally know this is not true, it still feels like it. In addition, like most of us, I feel that I just don’t have the necessary hours of work time to bring this WIP to its completion.
I ask you, are you resigned to the fact that writing a novel requires time?
I tell you that I’m not. I still fight it, giving myself unrealistic deadlines, thinking that there must be a way to do things more efficiently. And every so often I do wonder, Am I doing something wrong?