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Go back to your roots

David Gane
David Gane
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If you're struggling with your writing, remember how you started writing. Was it inspired? Thought out? A constant struggle?

Figure out what felt like progress, joy, happiness, and elation. What were you doing at that moment? How were you writing?

Even if you are struggling, what makes you want to write—even if it is only a belief that you should tell a story?

Then build on it. Capture it. Recreate it. Or if all you have is a feeling that you have a story inside of you, then put it on the page. But allow it to be messy.

Silence the inner critic and explore the feeling that initially drove you to write. Practice it. Live in it...for a long time.

Unlocking your writing roots isn't going to be easy. You're going to have to get messy and be cool with it. But if you do it enough, it'll get easier, and you can take on bigger, more complex writing that resembles the version you have in your head.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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