I love this article! I often feel guilty about my unfinished projects. As children, we’re often taught to finish what we start. In general, I think that’s good advice, but part of being a ‘good’ writer means knowing when a story isn’t working and giving ourselves permission to put it aside. I’m not saying we should give up every time a story gets tough. But if a project is no longer giving you joy and you dread sitting down in front of the computer, maybe it’s time to put the story on the back burner, at least for a while. Wonderful post!
My first book took the longest time to write because I spent a lot of time angsting over every tiny little detail of it, and backtracking all the time, although angst or not, I loved every step of the process. These days I write much faster. A couple of times though, I’ve started a story and it’s taken days just to get a paragraph down. I’m a stubborn old mule though so I generally used to try and persevere, and force myself on. Not anymore though. Even though I’m one of the write every day tribe whether you feel like it or not, and I do write every day, I don’t see any point in carrying on with writing something I don’t love just because I started it.
It got me wondering how many writers try to force themselves to write something that they really don’t want to write, thinking…
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