Writing Tips

When to Stop Pushing

I have a problem – and the first step is admitting it, right? I push my characters too hard to be what I want them to be. I feel like this isn’t just my problem – many authors/writers have this problem when it comes to endings. When I sit down to plan a novel, or even if I just have an idea, I usually have some idea of how it’s going to end – who’s going to end up with who, etc. By the time I get to the end, however, my characters aren’t always the same as I envisioned them back at the beginning, and that puts a crink in my plans.

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Personal · Writing Tips

Life, Death, and The Editor

You know those times when you have absolutely nothing to do so you don’t do anything? And then you get a great idea and you start to work on it and then everything happens at once? This seems to come in a monthly cycle in my life. For weeks, there was nothing. No writing work to do, no editing, no new novels to work on, and then I got an idea. And the moment I sat down the put pen to paper, I was barraged with other things to do. My editor sent back a draft with more changes to make. My friends sent back a first draft with it slashed to shreds (as first drafts are often want to become), and one of my clients emailed about a dozen articles to proofread. So much for getting anything done.

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