Phoenix Rising / 2014
I officially started writing this book when I was 11. That means, by the time it was finished, 18 years had flown by. At this rate, by the time I'm 80 I'll have 3 or 4 books written, and honestly, that's a terrible track record. It should not take me 20 years to write a book. Though, I'll beg off 10 years due to me be quite young. The issue for me was perfection. And I know a lot of writers identify with me here. I'd rewritten the first chapter 3,000 times. No joke.
I'd probably have continued down this path if something didn't come along that pushed me forward at a breakneck speed. The first was Nanowrimo, where I had to write 50,000 words in 1 month. It was thrilling to cross the finish line with a nearly complete book on my hands. But I spent another 3 years after it's "completion" to get it really finished to my liking.
But by then I was ghostwriting full time. If I didn't finish a book fast, my family was going to starve. Starvation is a good impetus to write fast. It's nothing for me to be able to write a full book in a month anymore. I can do it in a few days if I have to. however, my own writing still goes pretty slowly.
My perfectionism creeps back in. I have to keep kicking out my perfectionism every time that I write. I get the rough draft out, then start the nitpicking.
So, this is my war cry, and you other writers can shout with me!
I WILL GET THIS ROUGH DRAFT DONE!
And then you can red my next book Embers before I'm 40...
To live is the rarest thing in the world.