Yes, yes, I can hear you, now I'm at that tricky, almost-half-way stage of my WIP, clamouring at every window, doing your damnedest to persuade me it's all a steaming pile. Believe me, the temptation to simply chuck it all in and start again with something new is rather large. It always is. It's the elephant in the corner that, actually, I talk about quite a lot. But, you know what? Well, a few things actually. Here's a list:
- You've tried this same game a few too many times before. Sometimes, I've listened and other times I've blown big raspberries at you and fumbled on regardless. I know which option makes me feel the best about myself.
- Yes, it is a steaming pile. Of course it is. It's a first draft. That's what first drafts are for. Like janni says, "Embrace the rambling."
- I'm stil excited about the story, and the really good stuff hasn't even happened yet, and if I abandon it now, it never will.
- I might not have it all worked out at this point, and the order of things might be wonky, but I really want to discover this story, and that's the only thing that matters at the moment, not being a Super, Splendid, Marvellous Writer, so you can stop hanging that one over me.
- See, I'm not a quitter, I'm a try-er, and okay, sometimes that's to my detriment, but there's not a lot I can do about it; it's just the way I'm wired.
So, frankly, Rampaging Doubt, you might as well go and bother someone else, because, *La la la, I'm not listening*.