by Shelt Garner
Everything was going great with the novel until I had one of those occasional hard crashes where on a structural level everything stop making sense and the whole thing collapsed in on itself.
Add to that a hacking problem I’ve been having in which my cyber assailant has been interested in my development of the novel that I’ve produced over the last two years or so and I’ve been left rattled.
And, yet, I managed over the course of a few hours figure out the problem and am now ready to start work again. Though, I have to admit that I’m probably going to do a really, really hard reboot and write without re-using much, if anything, I’ve already written.
I need to clear my head some before I do that, though. I’m really taking this novel seriously — even more so than before — but I just can’t keep writing and re-writing forever. At some point, I have to realize the first draft just isn’t going to be perfect.
I have to allow myself to write crap, to fail when it comes to totally writing my vision for the novel.
You can’t edit a blank page, as they say.
But now that I’m beginning to warm back up to develop and write, I think I can still wrap up much of the first draft by about the same time I planned to before.