Look, it’s day five! We’re all still excited about our new darlings and the paths they’re taking.
What if (like me) you’re secretly not as thrilled with everything as you thought you would be?
What if real life already has its huge foot on your head ready to push you under the water?
What if your research for your career, a tummy bug and clinical depression have thrown you into some kind of mental tailspin and you’re struggling to find which way is up? (Might just be me!)
What happens then?
You’re already behind, your word count looks pathetic next to others in the community and you can’t see a way out.
What do you do then?
Well, realistically you have two choices – give up or write the flip out of your mutherflipping story.
Which one will it be?
Giving up seems easiest, doesn’t it? After all, you’ve made a start, and no one asked for more than that. The only one not winning (there is no such thing as losing in this game) is you. And if you’re really not in it, then stop. Simple. There’s no need for the extra pressure, there’s no need to put your life on hold and prioritise your imagination, especially if the only thing you’ll gain is another first draft festering on a hard drive somewhere.
But what about the time you spent planning and thinking about this before the challenge started. Think about the brain power you’ve already put into your characters. Think about the characters themselves and their journeys; journeys that will never be if you don’t keep going.
What if this story is The One?
How great will it feel to get that winner’s badge?
So, to you (and mostly to myself) I’m saying keep going, get up to speed, you’re not so far behind that you can’t catch up.
Let’s do this!