My agent (the brilliant Emily Glenister) has approved my plot for book three. (Woohoo / thank f#@k for that.)
I have a deadline of September to get the first third of the book to her.
That's approximately 30,000 words.
So far I've written two.
I have 12 weeks to write the other 29,998 words.
Even though six of those weeks are the school holidays, this is achievable if I stay calm and get on with it.
Th advice I always give new writers is to just write. It doesn't matter what you write, just get some words down. You can edit words – you can't edit a blank screen.
So why am I pissing about on social media, doing laundry that doesn't need doing and stacking my tins of tomatoes in date order? I'm doing the exact opposite of what I advise people to do.
It's because I have THE FEAR!
If I don't write anything, it can't be crap.
But if I don't write anything, my career as an author is over and that will be even more crap.
So, I have to get over this.
Right, here goes.
'Once upon a time...'
To be continued!