Unsolicited Writing Advice #1

We all have our good days and bad days when it comes to writing (and everything else), but every once in a while I find myself sitting down to write and getting caught up in the throes of an existential crisis. I think “What’s the point of this?” Sometimes, when faced with the truth that each step of the process is more difficult than the last, it’s easy to lose focus.

So, when I find myself wondering why I even write in the first place, I stop to think about it. This also works if you’re halfway through a first draft and you fall out of love with the story you’re telling.

Take a step back and remember why you starting writing your novel in the first place.

Was it the characters that first sparked the story? The plot? The setting? Was it your super-villain desire to cause as many people pain as possible, both real and fictional?

Usually when I’m in the early, honeymoon stages of planning a novel I have a few key scenes and moments in my head, things that drive me to flesh out the rest of the narrative. When you lose the thread of your story or your desire to write it, go back to your notes and read about the scenes you planned that resonate the most with you.

Fall in love again.

Or, you know, fake it til you make it.

Either way, keep writing and try not to worry about why you bother. Because at the end of the day, we all just want to ruin our readers’ lives. Or is that just me?


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