What do you do now?
You write it of course. We're writers (even those of us - like me - who aren't published yet), that's what we do.
Somehow we manage to make it more complicated than that but it really isn't.
There is however some advice which can help (well it helps me, I hope it'll help you).
- Get anything you need notewise together, grab your pen or keyboard, and do battle with the sea of whiteness. Believe the first line is the hardest - once screen or page has words on it it no longer seems so intimidating.
- And in this vein never end your days writing at the end of a page - make sure when you start again the next day the page you start on is already sullied by words. It'll make it easier.
- Don't edit yet. Editing and writing are psychologically different processes. First draft is a heart thing and editing is a head thing. Most people can't pull them off at the same time. Just keep writing - yes, it's a mess. You can sort it out later. (Note I said most - a few people can pull it off and find it impossible to seperate the two)
- Again in this vein. Don't reread - if your notes are good enough you shouldn't need to fact check, and you reread you'll notice how bad it is and either start tweaking what's already written and never move forward, or worse become despondant and stop writing.
- Know that it is the nature of first drafts to be lousy - almost anything is fixable with rewritting and editing.
- Set yourself a daily goal in wordcount, but don't beat yourself up if you miss it. Just make sure you write something every day.
- Have fun. You're creating art here and that should be fun.