Will I Ever Finish My First Book?

Something on your “to-do list” that never gets done.

I hate to have unfinished things hanging over my head. Will I ever finish my first book? That’s the BIG question. I was motivated to participate in NaNoWriMo a few years ago. It was 2007 to be exact. Now I don’t remember the reason why I felt inspired at the time, but something lit a fire under me. I mentally prepared. I calculated how many words I would need to write a day to make it to the goal of 50,000 in a month. My workspace was set up, time was set aside for “creating”, and I hit the ground running on November 1st. It was not easy but I managed to get it done and on November 30th I had written 50,103 words.

But since then I have done NOTHING. It is tucked away in a document on my computer. I also have a hard copy printed out to make notes on. Maybe writing this post will jump start me to finish it. I guess time will tell…

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  1. Yay! That’s an incredible achievement. You’ve done the hardest part. Rewriting and editing it into the finished book is easy now you have poured your heart out onto the page. You can do this!

  2. I think it was Robert Heinlein who said that he would write a first draft and toss it in a drawer and leave it there for years, sometimes.

  3. Oh wow! When I clicked on your website and your avatar pic showed up, I was immediately taken up by your bright, friendly smile. You’ve got more than you imagine going for you.

    As for writing the book, tell me about it. I am in the same boat. Decided on a 100,000 – 130,000 words, not more than 300 pages. Started writing and changed the topic a couple of times. Have not made it past the first page.

    I read somewhere that once you start writing, don’t stop especially to edit.

    I say, “Just keep on writing. When you’ve reached or exceeded the word count, than stop and do your first draft edit”.

    I have been having fun with short 400 – 1,200 word essays.

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