Camp NaNo is over, and many of us are now staring down the barrel of a freshly finished first draft. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this part always scares the hell outta me.
Getting it all out, for me, has always been the easy part. I don’t look at things too closely, I don’t analyze what I’m doing, I just let the words come. But sitting down to edit, knowing I have actual work ahead of me is scary as hell. How do I know what changes are right and what changes are wrong? When is a passage over done? How close to perfect is good enough? What direction is perfect in, anyways?
No matter what stage you are in, taking that first step into the uncertainty of the unknown is always the worst. Don’t let it chase you away – we’re all right here with you, just as scared, just as ready to give up before we even begin, just as determined not to give in.