Once I got my kids to school (after several dreams where I sent them to school but they kept coming back home), I picked up my previous WIP and read the first chapter. And I was really happy with it. I can see exactly what I need to change to make it done. Done. As in completely done. Final revision done.
Or maybe I still have a fever and am completely delusional.
I've already done two rounds of revisions to the first twenty-nine chapters. (I only know that because of my little graph in my sidebar.) The last chapters are with my CP. I don't want to make any changes to those chapters until I get her feedback, so the novel has been at a standstill. That's actually not a bad thing because I've been researching and documenting my plan for my next one (actually my next five).
My next few stories require a lot of research. I don't want to write the first word (although I already have about 10K written) until I finish the research and plot out the stories a little more. It's not procrastination - it's for my sanity. I know a lot of you will say I will stifle my creativity with all the planning - but I won't. I need structure around it, or it will be a hot mess.
What I have been procrastinating over is finishing and submitting my last three novels. They are sitting here (somewhere in the mess on my desk) done but not completely done - just short of completed. They are like cakes without icing - yummy but not as delicious and appealing as they could be. They are not quite ready to be served up to a crowd. (I skipped breakfast and am really hungry.)
I clearly see that my new five-novel monster project is an easy way to put off attempting to get anything published. It gives me an excuse to submit nothing for the next five years. Awesome, right? I'm off the hook.
But if I had a friend in the same position, I would tell them to finish their almost-done novel and then write something new. Why write it if you aren't going to finish it? I tell people that all the time.
Write, polish, submit, and write something new.
It's very sensible. And yet my inclination is to write, polish, set it aside, and repeat until I have an amazing stack of very nearly done novels on my desk.
Today I will be brave. I will begin putting the icing on one of my creations one chapter at a time with the intention of sharing it. Clearly I need to give myself a deadline. It's December 31. Eeek. I should probably put that on my sidebar so I don't forget.