I’ve got a serious freaking deadline looming.
I need to write 50,000 to 60,000 GREAT words by September 1st.
And they have to be PERFECT. They have to be THE BEST. EVER. IN THE WORLD.
It’s a lot of pressure.
So, here’s what I’ve decided:
They don’t have to be the best EVER. The just have to tell the story. I can revise later.
I keep telling myself the same thing I tell my seven-year old every time she tries something hard and gets frustrated and discouraged by her inability to do it perfectly on the first try –
“No one gets it right the first time. Everyone has to practice, everyone has to try again, and again, and again. No one is born knowing how to (fill in the blank). We all have to learn, one step, one day at a time.”
So, now my challenge is to take this deadline and meet it, one day at a time, one word at a time, until I have a finished book. It might not be perfect on September 1st. But it will be done.
And then I can revise it until it shines.