It’s against my culture as a South African to show fear. We are a nation of fighters. And when we can’t fight, when the enemy is something as unyielding as the sky, then we make a plan. I feel guilty for being afraid.
My trilogy is currently sitting at 316,078 words, which amounts to 732 Microsoft Word pages. It’s all in a single doc. A few people I’ve chatted to seem to think that you need some fancy writing software to write something length, but that’s simply not the case. Here’s what I do, and hopefully it can help you too.
I mean “beat” in the present tense, of course. Because beating procrastination is an ongoing battle. For someone prone to procrastination, there’s no such thing as winning. You’re pretty much working against your own brain constantly in order to get important things done.
A year ago I shared a portrait of my main character, Tarra. Now, in honour of our anniversary, I thought I’d share some of the doodles and drawings I’ve done of her and her universe over the course of a year.
I don’t finish projects, or computer games, or even TV series. So how on Earth have I managed to stick with this novel for this long? Well, I’ve given it some thought and I’ve put those thoughts into writing here in hopes that they can help others like me.