- Start again from page 1. Use little to nothing of my previous writings, except for maybe names and aim for some of the same critical events, and the end will be similar.
- Try not to look back. Maybe to make sure I have names right, or to prevent plot loopholes, but other than that, just keep on plowing through.
- If I get stuck, just write some crap and keep going.
- Once I get to the end, which I suspect will be the end of August or the beginning of September, THEN I can go back. I figure TCEP will be my break.
- The first draft, I dub "alpha," will be the first story before the massive editing that is certain to happen. "Beta" will be a more readable version, and will be sent to a select few for comments. "Gamma" will be the final form I will let sit for a month while I meditate on it, and that will lead to the final polish of "Release" which will be sent to publishers.
I have prepared by getting some Razed in Black CDs.
What do I expect from this endeavor? Well, I expect a lot of rejection letters, not because I suck, but because that was usually happens to any author and it's not personal. It won't discourage me; it would be like getting upset I didn't catch a fish the first time I cast the line into the waters. This will be a learning process, and I have a luxury that I respect and appreciate that is rare in the world of many writers: I am not desperate for money so I can eat. I am not living in my parent's basement. I also have a solid ring of support from family and friends, and no mother in a housecoat screaming down the basement stairs at me asking when I'll grow up and move out.