Then I sat down at my computer and...choked.
I couldn't do it.
Should I start again, just rewrite the whole thing entirely?
Should I try and revise what I'd already written?
Should I hit myself over the head repeatedly with a brick?
I spent a couple of days in a pit of despair. I couldn't do it. I didn't know how. Perhaps I should just give up. If I couldn't revise then I obviously had no chance of becoming a writer.
But then I had an idea.
I would look at the first chapter and annotate the text with the changes it needed.
Then I would look at the second chapter and so on.
The notes helped me clarify my ideas and showed me where to start and the whole experience reminded me of that old joke -
It's old but it's true. Looking at a huge project can make us feel overwhelmed. So remember, in writing or revising, eat your elephant one bite at a time and you'll be surprised how easy it can be to eat the whole thing!