What’s worse than starting at the beginning? Starting all over again.
Beginnings are hard, usually because they start at the ending of something else.
This year marks the beginning of my 30’s and the end of my 20’s. My original goal was to publish a book by the time I turned 30, but alas, I am only starting–or rather starting over yet again.
How could I not finish a book in a decade? Well, I did, actually. I completed a draft for book one and two. I spent hours outlining, researching, writing, re-writing, falling in and filling in plotholes.
So why is there not a completed MS?
I believe your twenties are for discovery and learning.
What I discovered: There were a lot of plot holes in my writing.
What I learned: This story was good but it could be better. I also discovered that my major supporting character should really be my main character. That changes everything.
So after starting all over on the outline, yet again, I finally began the first chapter for hopefully the last time.
So I didn’t accomplish my original goal. I thought I’d be finished by now, not starting over. I didn’t publish, but I did accomplish something. With diligent research and outlining and planning, I think I will be able to write the best book I possibly can by the time I’m 40.