So here's the story: I have been a lurker on this site for a while now, collecting advice and ideas in anonymity and silence. But I am lurking no more! I have decided that I want to engage in the conversation, and more than anything, have this accountability journal to dump my triumphs and frustrations about writing. So here it is, my inaugural post on WF. Weeeee! My current WIP began as my 2014 NaNoWriMo project. It was an idea that kicked around in my head for a good year or more and was ready to see the light of day. The project began enthusiastically and the month flew by. Some days felt grueling of course, but on others I wrote far more than the limit because I had so many thoughts and ideas. The 50k limit was hit, the month ended, and my story was about 1/3 of the way done. So on I went! And then somewhere around January, I suffered from a sudden loss of interest, a solid writer's block and the story sputtered to a stop. By March I realized I needed to finish this project, and tried to start up again. I picked at it here and there, pushing the story along inch by inch. I had a new idea and a new story pestering me, but I told myself I would only jot down enough to remind me of the key points and I would give it attention once this WIP was finished. Maybe I will make it my 2015 NaNoWriMo project, we'll see. But anyway. This summer, momentum has picked up a bit and last week I finally wrote the big climax. The end is so near I'm getting antsy. Cuz' the thing is, I've just been pantsing it this whole time. I have killed projects in the past by obsessing over the beginning bits so long I lose interest in the story. This time I told myself NO going back, NO editing, NO rewriting until I finish the first draft. It's helped - I've gotten farther in this story than I have in a long time. But now that the end is nigh, I am SO SO SO ready to go back and rewrite, flesh out certain characters, develop certain themes, enrich hastily-written scenes. So I'll keep track of this mad race to the next draft here. And then I'll keep track of the rewrite here. And I'll finally jump in to this awesome exchange of creative minds on WF, instead of just being a creepy anon.