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So draft one of The Undead Space Initiative is done. Yay me! Now on to the hard part. Draft clean up.
Right now, I’m still in the first chapter.
Why? (Especially after almost 12,000 words a week for a month. At that rate, I should be halfway done with revisions.)
Because I let myself get bogged down in doubt (the crappy monster is at it again). I thought I was writing more of an urban fantasy with strong romantic elements.
But then, I decided to play “what if”. What if I moved the meeting of the heroine and hero up to the beginning of Chapter One – so it’s more like a romance?
A little slicing and some dicing later and now I have two versions of chapter one. Eek!
After a few slaps to the head and a week later, I’ve realized what I’m doing. Avoiding revisions. I don’t need to obesses over the first chapter. I can deal with that later. Geesh.
So moral of the story – don’t play “what if” during rough draft clean up. Save that for later, when you’ve given the book to your first readers. Then torment yourself!