I am thrilled to be writing again!! I've been researching for MONTHS, developing characters, writing down then throwing away plot idea after plot idea and finally I have a nugget of a story! I can begin writing my second novel!
The beginning of a new project is filled with such joy and anticipation. It's also filled with tons of self doubt. I've already scratched this project more times than I can count, only to immediately start it again. My mind is constantly asking, is this story worth telling? Will it be good? Will anyone even want to read it? What if I get half way through and it sucks?
I wonder if published authors have these doubts when embarking on something new.
A big challenge I have at the starting line is keeping a steady pace. I tend to write quickly, trying to get every idea down as fast as it appears. My first draft is usually a mess of random ideas with no details connecting the dots. This makes the second draft extremely difficult because I have to shift my mind from "outline" mode to "expression" mode, which isn't terribly easy for me.
In my first book, I did a much better job of enforcing the "slow and steady" mantra, but I still have a ways to go. Details are good! I just need to remind myself of this and let my brain sit on an idea instead of racing from one to the next.
Good luck to anyone else starting a new project!