We’ve all been here. Here’s a great post, a confession many of us have often made.
I’m notorious for jumping ship whenever a story becomes complicated. Friends ask me frequently how a story is going and my blood goes cold.
“Oh,” I think, “just imagine a sinking boat that suddenly catches fire only to be extinguished by a humpback whale, leaping from the water and crushing it into splinters with its girth. That’s how the story is going.”
I frequently write myself into corners.
I create plots that are too complex to unravel.
I design characters that don’t do what I want them to do.
Then there’s the constant feeling of being adrift at sea, wondering “now what?”
Creating an outline works for about a day. Then, my brain throws something else into the mix that creates a disastrous domino effect.
I reread the manuscript for a novel I’ve been working on since January and made the decision to abandon it. I…
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