The first draft of anything is shit.
– Ernest Hemingway
Okay, so I need to stop writing late at night for right now. There’s too much room for melodrama. It just isn’t productive.
Also, I need to remind myself to just keep writing at this point, keep writing and leave a mess in my wake. The first draft can be horrible, it can make no sense, it can jump between characters and places and I can even change their ages halfway through if I need to. I mean, if even Hemingway is saying a first draft can be bad, then I need to get over myself and just keep writing.
It actually feels kind of liberating, thinking about that. This draft can be terrible! Who cares? I can let my characters say and do whatever they want.
Now I just need to keep trying to remember that. Diving back into the novel now while it’s still fresh in my head.