I started TVB Book 3 on Monday.
I’m scared. And even though I keep trying to remind myself that I’ve felt this before with Book 2, it feels like a fresh fear.
I guess that makes sense. To paraphrase Sam from Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring adaptation, “When I go one more step, it’ll be the furthest from home I’ve ever been.” I’ve never written Book 3 before (compared to Book 1, which has gone through more than six different iterations). Heck, I’ve barely written any scenes from Book 3 before.
It’s untrodden territory. Can I wrap up the story satisfyingly? I feel like my outline is so incomplete, so barebones. There’s hardly anything that happens in Book 3! Will it be too short? Will I need to add more to it? What if it’s not good enough?
I keep trying desperately to make lists of all the subplots I need to tie up. I’m terrified I’ll forget something and leave a dangling plot thread. I want it all to be resolved. And more than that, I want it all to be resolved satisfyingly.
I don’t know if I can pull it off, but I have to try.
And besides, I have to keep reminding myself that this is just the rough draft. I will make it better with rewrites.
Just write. Put it on the page. Keep pushing.
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