The final part of Ellie Versus season one goes live tonight, so I thought I’d take a step back and reflect on the journey getting here.
It took me over two years to get to this point. A year and a half of early craptastic drafts and rough outlines, critiques from my writing group, editing, rewriting, etc. Another year of creating the website and home for my story, creating my online brand, reaching out and making friends, keeping to a tight posting schedule, and learning a lot along the way.
Every writer knows what it’s like to finish that first project. This was mine.
The biggest thing I learned from this is that I can do it. For a long time I wasn’t sure I was capable of taking a story from beginning to end. All of my writing projects from middle school onward are largely unfinished and in individual binders or notebooks in my closet. I reached the middle in less than half of them. I’ve never won NaNoWriMo, though I’ve participated in six.
Ellie Versus season one is roughly 50,000 words and has its own completed plot arc. I’ve managed to take it from weird, loose outlines and rough sketches of a concept to posted monthly on my website with images and music. I’m still amazed I actually saw this thing through from start to finish (though not completely finished: here’s looking at you, season two).
If you’re anything like I was, still finishing your first project and not sure you can do it, here are a few tips that helped get me to the finish line:
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