I spent the weekend in Emporia at the Tallgrass Writing Workshop. As usual it was inspiring and wonderful.
I left with two realizations:
1. I absolutely must write the story I most do not want to write. I've been avoiding it for decades. It is time. It will be messy and awful. But then it will be done.
2. I do not write fiction the way most people do. And I need to stop trying to do it the "right" way and do it the way I do it. Doing it my way I can knock out a decent chapter every day - not that it doesn't need some revising, but it's decent. Doing it the "right" way means I fritter away a lot of time on things that aren't actually writing or rewriting.
The only way to write a novel is "the best you can." There is no "right" or "wrong" way to do it.
Apologies to Nike, but "just do it" is the operative phrase. However it works for you is the right way.
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