Starting a new novel

Starting a new novel should be called starting a new manuscript. Or starting a first draft.
When you’ve been editing and rewriting a manuscript for a few months, you forget what it’s like to start again.
There’s an element of fear. Can I still do this? Will it be any good? This is largely fear of the unknown.

I have to remind myself of the basics.

  • Record word counts
  • Just keep going
  • Bum + chair = manuscript
  • Don’t try to perfect a first draft
  • All writing is rewriting
  • Through writing, the story comes alive in your mind