I added about 1200 words to Chapter One today, but focused more on editing. It’s coming along nicely, but I really need to expand on the heroine. I realized that I’m assuming that readers know her, but you don’t! That will be my goal tomorrow. I need to take a deeper dive inside her head and polish up that finishing scene. Then I’ll be comfortable moving on to Chapter Two.
Speaking of being comfortable, my freak-out from yesterday seems to have subsided. I don’t know why I was putting pressure on myself. Writing doesn’t need to be fast, it needs to be good. I’ve found that if I go too slow, I can lose the overall tone of the book. If I go too fast, though, I can get ahead of what I’ve plotted. Then things can take a disastrous turn. For my last several books, I’ve written at a breakneck pace and have felt the stress associated with that. I think that I’d come to equate writing with stress and that was what happened yesterday. It’s not necessary. I just need to remember that.
Yeah, like I have that kind of control. Ha!