I’ve got a few major writing projects under my belt now and am 30,000 words into a manuscript I really intend to finish. Parts of it are good, like better than anything I’ve ever written. And parts of it are very scary.

Sometimes I re-read what I’ve written and see the mistakes I made in my earlier projects. I slap my head and say, “Did you not learn anything? UGH!” Some things are bad habits (mostly pulled from my days as a journalist) and others are the result of trying to force what’s in my head onto the screen.

When you start a new project, do you feel like you’re really starting over? That things that applied to your previous manuscripts don’t apply?

My current WIP is especially daunting because I’m writing in an unfamiliar POV. Maybe it will be great, and maybe it will be a stepping stone to something even better. Only time (and editing) will tell.


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