I'm into Day 5 of NaPiBoWriWee or the National Picture Book Writing Week challenge (what? check out http://paulayoo.com/content/natl-picture-book-writing-week-napibowriwee-2010-may-1-7-2010 for the answer). How am I doing?
I have four picture book manuscripts done in the challenge to complete seven in seven days. Okay, those four are completely crappy. They're first drafts for sure. But four new first drafts is more than I had before I joined this challenge.
So far I'm liking this push to just write it and move on. I think what I've realized about my writing process is that I tend to get stuck wanting to perfect one idea before I move on to another. Hard to generate new material to explore if I'm always stuck on the old.
But now, at Day 5, I find myself procrastinating. I've already drafted out my top ideas or the ones I thought would be the most fun. Now I'm into the dregs of the idea file.
It may be a tough slog from here on in. But a-slogging I will go...