I made the now embarrassing proclamation to my previous beta readers to be ready for a rough draft any day now and to see if their schedules were clear. They all enthusiastically agreed and were eager to get some pages to read.
That was two months ago.
OK, I could make a few excuses. My first round of edits came back for Four Corners, so that took me out of commission for about a little bit. Then I decided to give NaNoWriMo a shot and start book three, I think I wrote for about 14 collective days, so to be generous to myself that knocks a month off, that still puts me a month behind my own goal.
So what is my problem? I've read through the draft a number of times and highlighted the areas that need a bit of work or where I want to include a few characters in some scenes, nothing overly complicated, but then I look at my five 3x5 cards with notes on them and I freeze. It seems like an impossible task. I keep trying to break it into small pieces, but the other loom over me, making it next to impossible to focus.
I've had my word doc opened for an hour. I only succeeded in scrolling to page four, the first that needs attention, out of a total of 254 pages. Only 250 to go? (trying to stay positive over here...)
But I guess with so many things, the only way out is through.
Here I go, wish me luck, and feel free to give suggestions if you've ever struggled with The Dread of editing.