Today I hit 38,000 words. By the weekend's end it will be 40,000 plus and that means I'm within ten days of hitting the half way point. I know this figures only excite me but they really do make me feel good.
In many ways writing a book is like running a marathon. I speak from some experience in this as I'm presently training to run a half-marathon at the end of October.
I find the first 5k when you're starting out running is bloody hard but once you get past it, its easy to start clocking in longer distances. But every time I start, the first 5k is hard - hard enough to make me think I can't do this, I can't run, what was I thinking even attempting this...
Writing is the same. If you try writing without preparing, it's impossible. If you think about how far you've got to go, you'll never start. The first few thousand words is all excitement, then its bloody hard and you think I can't do this, I can't write, what was I thinking even attempting this... But then you get in the groove and you're just running and writing, clock in the words, making progress.
I also know in about the 3/4 mark, I'll hit the wall and think "WTF?" and hate what I've done, and think I can't do this, I can't write, what was I thinking even attempting this... but for now I'm just going to enjoy progress and clocking off another milestone.