Reaching the Halfway Point

Hi Everyone,

I’ve finally reached the halfway point in my manuscript. It’s so hard to describe how I feel about it. On one hand, when I scroll through the pages I feel like I’ll never be able to do it all again. On the other hand, I feel like I can’t possibly already be halfway there. I think  I’m kind of afraid of reaching the end, having to cut everything that doesn’t need to be there, and then finding myself all the way back at square one. I know that the real challenge is going to come after the first draft is finished.

First drafts are free to do whatever they want. Finished manuscripts are rational, and cut-throat. First drafts know that they’re not good enough, and they’re fine with that because they know they can improve. Finished manuscripts are anxious that they’re still not good enough at their best.

Although I’m a little terrified, I’m still so extremely excited at the prospect of actually finishing the first draft of this story, and I’m trying not to overthink the whole process. In four days I will be flying off to my residency in Iceland, to finish this thing once and for all. Wish me luck!

I hope you’re all having an amazing 2017 so far.

Yours sincerely,

Tamara Drazic

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One thought on “Reaching the Halfway Point

  1. There’ll always be room for improvement in everything we do, the important thing is to keep the competition against ourselves and to always look forward to get better. It’s really impressive you are already halfway there and somehow I feel the first finished manuscript is going to be great!

    I really can’t wait to read the finished version in the future; do not worry about cut material, sometimes discarded ideas turn into its own thing, they can become a sort of repository for future stories!

    On the other hand, 2 days left for your journey to Iceland, I truly wish you the best!! may you have safe travels!

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