WARNING: EXTREMELY ANGSTY POST AHEAD
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- Throw out my current plotline and replace it with one that flows and actually makes sense
- Make changes to my characters and develop them better
- Flesh out my worldbuilding so that my settings are logical and dynamic
- Make OtMS unavailable for public viewing while it's in drafting stages (i.e., take it off of Wattpad and Figment)
Why on earth am I making myself go through this agony, might you ask?
The fact of the situation is that I've been working on this novel for almost three years. In that time, I haven't even finished a first draft. I haven't even hit the 50,000 word mark. I always peter out at around 20,000–25,000 words. I tend to make light of that by joking about my "poor long-suffering WIP" and getting guilt-tripped by my friends (we know which one I'm talking about, and yes, you should still love her because her guilt-trips are awesome and absolutely warranted). But if I'm being completely honest with myself, I'm incredibly frustrated and bitter about the fact that I haven't been able to finish this book. It's eating away at me. I feel like it's going nowhere, and consequently, I'm going nowhere.
The logical thing to think about, then, is what my main roadblocks might be. And I believe that I've boiled them down to three main points.
- I'm not making time to write consistently.
- I'm pressuring myself too much for the first-draft stage.
- I'm clinging to unnecessary aspects of my book.