It’s official: I have The Fear

I have just over 2 months left to finish my first draft of The Mayor.

Sarah Andersen


In an attempt to be positive about this, I’ve worked out the following:

  • According to my current plan, I only have 8 more chapters left to write.
  • Two of these ‘chapters’ are actually 1-2 page ‘interludes’.
  • I’m about halfway through one of these 8 chapters already.
  • I have a 4 day ‘writing retreat’ with K.F. Goodacre booked towards the end of November. The pseudo writing-retreat I took at the beginning of October resulted in 2 and a half chapters in just 4 days, so that bodes well.

So technically, that’s just 5 and a half more chapters I have left to write, plus 2 short interludey, epiloguey thingies… I’m currently aiming to complete at least a chapter a week so… that’s totally doable, right? I CAN DO THIS!


Today I got back from the booziest family/long-weekend holiday ever, and I didn’t get any writing done at all. So consequently I’m feeling pretty low and rubbish at the moment. It could very well be the hangover talking.


Deadline-Induced Panic

Take care,

S.E. Berrow

P.S. Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust is now in my possession, I repeat, THE BOOK OF DUST IS NOW IN MY POSSESSION ♥ I picked it up from Waterstones today. Have you got your paws on a copy yet? Have you finished it? Ahhhhh, I’m so excited! I feel like I’ve been waiting my entire life for this.

The ‘Deadline’ comic strip is by the wonderful Sarah Andersen aka. Sarah Scribbles. The other two graphics are sadly sourceless — please let me know if they are yours and would like to be credited, or for the image to be removed.

7 thoughts on “It’s official: I have The Fear

  1. You’ve got this! We all believe in you.
    Despite my dislike of his actions I very much enjoy muttering “Fuck Kale” at every available opportunity. If that’s not motivation enough, I don’t know what is …


  2. You can do it! Two months doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but if you use that time well, you can definitely finish the first draft by year’s end. Just curious, but is this a self-imposed deadline? Or are you planning to submit it to an editor or beta-readers by that date?

    I’ve got The Book of Dust, too! Not sure when I’ll get around to reading it, but something about the cover makes me think it might make a good winter read.


    • Hi Sara. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement!

      It’s very much a self-imposed deadline, but I’m taking it very seriously for my own mental wellbeing as much as anything. I’ve been sitting on this book for far too long. Then I’ll neaten it up (a lot) and send it out to Beta readers, although haven’t gotten so far as asking anyone yet…!

      I have started reading The Book of Dust! I am now just under halfway through. I’m very much enjoying it so far…

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      • *lol* Don’t worry about looking for beta readers right now. Just focus on finishing the first draft – because that in itself is all-consuming. One stage of the writing process at a time. 😉

        Oh good! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the Book of Dust so far.


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