Tag Archives: doubt

Staring into the Abyss: Finding the Plot

So you have an idea. Maybe it’s a character, maybe it’s a world, maybe it’s just a genre—or maybe you’re lucky and it’s a conflict. If you’re anything like me, ideas are everywhere. But stories are harder to come by. … Continue reading

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The Read-Aloud

It’s a bit of common writing advice to read your work aloud as a part of the editing process. Sounds reasonable enough—it lets you hear your dialogue and whether or not it sounds natural; gives you a sense of clumsy … Continue reading

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Pushing through the Suck

For all those out there attempting NaNoWriMo, I wish you good luck! You got this! But there may come a time, early in the process or late, where you have to push through the feeling of “suck.” The reason I’ve … Continue reading

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The Second Draft: The Stage of Doubt

So I finally got back on the revision track, with fits and starts as is my life. Why has revision been so much harder, mentally, than writing the first draft? I’d always thought that getting through the first draft was … Continue reading

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Should We Ever Listen to Writer’s Block?

Some say writer’s block is a myth. Perhaps they’re right. But I believe that difficulty in creating is found in artists of all kinds, and it takes a multitude of forms. At its most basic core, a “block” as I … Continue reading

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Lacking Focus

There are a lot of reasons why I’m struggling so much to get invested in revision. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last couple of weeks talking about these potential reasons, so I won’t list them here. But … Continue reading

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Procrastination

Procrastination, for me, happens for two reasons: fear and laziness. Fear, or resistance or doubt, is all about subtle manipulations of thought that convince me not to work on what I know I need to work on. It’s mostly about … Continue reading

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