Last week I had a bit more than two weeks before the first draft of my novel was to be completed.
And then disaster struck.
My computer’s not working. Great. What do I do now? And I was on such a roll.
Ok forget it. I’m going to trash the deadline. I’ll set a new one.
No. I’m not. I’m going to finish this novel because I’m almost there and I’m not going to let a little set back (yeah right) like no computer get in between me and my first draft.
“You don’t need your computer to write” I tell myself. “Plenty of books have been written without one and I have plenty of notebooks and spare pages and pens. No excuses.”
“But I need my computer, it’s just not the same without one” I argue.
“It’s true. It’s not the same. So you can either decide to get upset about it and not write, and not meet your goal and not be on your way to the next draft or you can take this like a woman and just write in your notebook and get to where you want to go without being a baby about it. It’s up to you. I mean me.”
Completely dejected I decided I was going to quit writing forever. Again.
And then the writer in me, who realized she was on her way to dying a brutal death, woke up. “Don’t kill me” she cried. “I have an idea.” Because apart from writing that’s what writers do. They create ideas sometimes in the form of solutions, like now. ” You don’t have a computer and you don’t want to continue writing your novel. You don’t have to. There are plenty of other aspects of the book you can work on. Your protagonist remember? I’ll remind you. Her name is Eve and she needs lots of work. Do it.”
Ahhh. Now you’re talking sense.
So I listened to the writer. And it’s true. I did no writing last week. I mean I didn’t continue adding chapters to my story. And as a result, I started this week with a little more than a third of my novel to complete by next week. But Eve is in much better shape and now so is my computer.
So now I’m going to go and work on my novel. Because by next week that first draft will be done.
And hopefully next time, before I kill any writers, I’ll remember that when the going gets tough, the tough get working on other aspects of the novel.