Writing a novel is a long, arduous process. We start with a gleaming idea, perfect in our minds, but in the process of getting that gem onto the page, it twists and contorts and reveals all sorts of defects that we never noticed in the haze of our new-idea ecstasy. When we are grappling with the reality of bringing a manuscript to completion, there are many points along the way when it’s tempting to drop the misshapen project for a dazzling new idea bursting forth from our imaginations. After all, the current idea has so many flaws, but the new one is clearly perfect. Why waste valuable time on a project that isn’t going anywhere? Continue reading
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You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.
Question: Laura once knew a writer who attached a seat belt to his office chair and physically strapped himself in until he met his deadline. Do you have a quirky writing habit?
I look for help with my writing technique in all kinds of books, whether they’re designed for writers or not. One book where I found some really helpful insight is Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Dan Heath and Chip Heath (brothers, in case you’re wondering). I first saw it referenced in a Writers’ Digest article about the discipline of writing, and a month later, my brother gave me a copy. Clearly, I was meant to read it. In the book, the authors discuss research that suggests that willpower is a finite resource. Continue reading