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Hey there…

I’m drowning in false starts for a novel that is begging to be released from my brain, but somehow, I cannot bring it together. I’ve been told that all I need to do is keep writing, that serendipity will pull it together for me, like magic. I’m still waiting after three years, with about six false but compelling starts that I believe somehow all fit together but I don’t know how or why.

Do I try to weave together the common threads of the false starts into a new piece? Do I trash it all and start from scratch, trying so hard to stop trying so hard? Does this mean that it’s not ready to be written, that I should start a different project until I have a rough idea of who is in my book and who isn’t? Thanks so much for taking a stab at this. It’s been on my mind for a while, and I don’t know what to do next.

Not so anonymously,

PS- Love the blog. The discussions are like mini-lessons that have me thinking for days.