What does it mean for a writer to fail? It could mean several things. It might mean a simple failure to communicate. The words become garbled, or overly-complicated, and the reader fails to understand, or worse, receives a completely different message than the
So let’s say that I’ve accepted a challenge to write something here every day for the next 30 days. Could I do it? I’m not sure. But I guess I’m going to give it a go. You can tell from
So I’m finally there. The end. The final scene. And, to be honest, it doesn’t feel as great as I thought it would. I mean I’m happy to have made it to the end, finally. But now I’ve started looking
Resist the urge to edit as you go. In Stephen King’s book On Writing, he gives this advice, and I think most writers would do well to heed it. If you have the type of personality that seeks diversions when you
When you’ve invested a lot of time in writing something, in developing a character, or a particular scene, it’s sometimes hard to admit when you’ve headed down a dead-end from a plot perspective. If you’re stuck, and can’t seem to
See what I mean? Four months. Four months goes by in the blink of an eye. Writing is a game of inches – especially when writing something as long as a novel. You have to force yourself to write everyday.
What the hell is going on? Why is this book taking so long? Yeah, I don’t know. Life keeps getting in the way. You get stuck on something small, and it snowballs into something much bigger. Except that it’s still