TRUST YOUR INNER STORYTELLER.
IN FACT, THE PERFECT FINAL DRAFT OF YOUR NOVEL
IS ALREADY WRITTEN INSIDE YOU,
YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO ENGAGE IN THE
PROCESS OF DIGGING IT OUT.
Oh, I so desperately hope this is true!
I've got a shovel, a flashlight and some chocolate.
I've got my WiP. I've got a handful of characters, one of whom totally creeps me out. (She's why I have the flashlight.) I've got ideas for scenes and plots and subplots. I've got handwritten notes I can actually read, and I have typed-up notes I can read but that don't make a lot of sense. (I'll deal with that later.)
I've got support from my husband and encouragement from you all. Even the tortoises promised to be good. (Although it was Mrs. L who promised. Larry just blinked lazily at me from the water dish/spa so there's no telling what that means.)
And I've got my inner storyteller. (She's why I have the chocolate.)
We've all got our own inner storyteller. Trust yours. Let him or her out to play. Today.