When I opened the file of my National Novel Writing Month document two days ago, the novel I began on November first of last year, the date on it was December 2. I hadn’t worked on it, or even looked at it, since then. I took a deep breath and clicked.
Why go back to it at all? Why not keep procrastinating? My avoidance strategy has worked fine for the past seven weeks. I even began a new novel. Why finish the old one?
I’ll tell you why. My father always said, “Finish what you start.” Completing a task is embedded in my early learning. Also, I found a contest to enter.
The amazing thing about a contest is that no matter how many times you don’t win, you are right back at it again the next time one rolls around. You never learn. Call me an optimist, but please don’t call me naive.
I know what my chances of success are. But if I wasn’t a dreamer, a believer that things can and will work out, I wouldn’t be writing in the first place. So here I go again.
This contest is sponsored by Writer’s Digest, specifically Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog. All you have to do is email the first 150-200 words of your YA or Sci Fi novel, and post links to the contest. It’s FREE.
Let me tell you though, those 150-200 words had better be good. This is an excellent way to approach editing your work. Getting someone excited about reading your book in one page is no small feat. Once you have cleaned up the first page, the rest of it should be no problem, right?