I finally got started on the actual writing of BaB yesterday. It took me a while to dredge up the courage, actually.
Yes, courage. Starting in on a new first draft terrified me. Why? Because I'm horribly afraid it's going to suck.
Newsflash to me: Of course it's going to suck. It's a first draft.
But I still don't have a clear idea of what my protag wants, or what my antag wants. My outline and character sketches are crap. I can't start writing until I figure all that out!
Second newsflash to me: Remember how you're a pantser and it took you 20,000 words to figure that out in Devolutionaries?
Oh. Right. Deep breath.
It's funny how I'm somehow expecting myself to write the first draft of BaB to be as good as Devs is after 3 drafts. I just try to keep reminding myself that it's okay if this draft sucks. It's supposed to suck. And when it does and I'm done with it, I get the joy of creating something awesome out of the first 70,000 words of sludge.
So, my friends, what scares the daylights out of you when you write? First drafts? Final drafts? Queries? Characters? Pacing? Please share!