If you're like me, you have to set goals. They have to be reasonable; otherwise, you'll lose heart when the day passes with the finish line still too far off to see ribbon. However, if you leave goals relaxed, you risk not taking them seriously.
My current goal is to have my manuscript to my beta readers by mid-August. I have 28 chapters to edit thoroughly, some glaring issues to right, and 35,000 words to cut . . . It is a lot but, when done piece by piece, it is achievable.
It’s terrifying to stare up from the foot of a mountainous manuscript. To know the crags, deadfalls, and treacherous storms that await. To ponder how you’ll ever crest its summit. Know going in you will fall. Build a team to catch you. Have beta readers, siblings, parents, and friends ready to dig you out when an avalanche threatens to crush you. You can’t let fear of failure hold you back. When you plummet, learn from it and rise again.
Keep testing the mountain until it gives way to your struggle. You must defeat it to stand triumphant at its peak, peering down at those too scared to try. Hold out your hand to help those who follow. Bring them up to stand at your side.
Be at peace and keep writing. You can only get better.
~ CR Guardian