I learned that books are broken down into Chapters.
Seriously... I know, where did this come from, right?
That means that I don't have to write all 65,000 words or so in one setting, I can actually shoot for 2-3 thousands words and feel like I've accomplished a lot.
The implications of this are monumental. I'll post more as it becomes available....
OK.. obvious weak attempt at humor aside, I found this morning that I was tracking my word count in the chapter I'm currently working on, because I have a goal number of words.. and that if I looked at the small goal and not the big goal, things became much easier. Less stress, less.. 'I can't do this' feeling.
I guess writing is like dieting when you're fat. If you look at the big picture it can be daunting, but if you just knock out one day, and then another, and.. so on and so on.. before you know it you don't recognize yourself... and likewise your idea suddenly becomes located on paper.
The before and after is gradual, but profound.