What a Loss of Interest In Your Novel Could Mean & What to Do About It

What a Loss of Interest In Your Novel Could Mean & What to Do About It

What a Loss of Interest In Your Novel Could Mean & What to Do About It Are you coming off the new story high? You know the high you felt when you first started writing your new novel? And now you're feeling a little lukewarm about it? What's with the loss of interest in your novel? There are a number of reasons writers lose interest in their new writing projects. Let's take a look at some of them. 1. Lack of Planning Are you a pantser? I get it. It's more fun to see what words flow magically from our fingertips when we're writing by the seat of our pants. There's a special high we get with this writing method. When we go back and read what we've written and it sounds really good, it's like, "Dang. I'm good." Not to mention, a lot of successful writers write this way. And there isn't a right or wrong way to write anyway. But if you've been cruising...
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Self-Doubt Got You Down? Here’s A Helpful Little Tip for Writers

Self-Doubt Got You Down? Here’s A Helpful Little Tip for Writers

Self-Doubt Got You Down? Here's A Helpful Little Tip for Writers Oh, self-doubt, how I loathe you. Do you struggle with self-doubt? Do you worry that people won't like what you write? That people will think your story is stupid, low-grade, or juvenile? Do you worry that the plot or the characters need more work? Do you sit down to write and then have a voice inside your head that tells you it's not worth the bother? Self-doubt is common in any profession, and it runs rampant in the writing field. So many writers have set aside their writing because they didn't think it was good enough to keep working at it. I've been there. I have incomplete novels that need so much work that I think they're unsalvageable without some major plot fixes and a full rewrite. It's ok to doubt your work because that helps you make it better. But you have to be willing to trust that you are fully capable...
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How to Get Unstuck & Get Back to Writing Your Novel

How to Get Unstuck & Get Back to Writing Your Novel

How to Get Unstuck & Get Back to Writing Your Novel Many writers are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this month. Instead of writing a new novel this month, I'm just working on finishing the first draft of my current work-in-progress, a young adult novel. I'm getting really close to the finish line and hope I can knock this thing out by the end of the month! Then I'll be working on edits. But in the process, I've had many instances where I just couldn't come up with the words. I'd get to a certain plot point or a particular scene and then the story would come to a crashing halt. Has this happened to you, too? How do you get unstuck so you can get back to writing your novel? Every time this happened to me, I'd end up setting the writing aside for a varied length of time, and then when I'd try to get back into it, I didn't...
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