Don't Fall in Love With Your Book

Don't Fall in Love With Your Book

I recently finished writing my novel. I suppose “finished” is a relative term. No doubt there will be rewrites in the weeks ahead. But for now, it’s just the two of us. I like to cuddle with my novel at night, laying gentle kisses across its pages and whispering, “You complete me.”

Okay, I’m exaggerating. But the truth is that I’ve become emotionally attached to my book.

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My Deliberate Mistake

One of the more challenging things about being a writer is that once you publish something, you can’t go back and correct it. So if you’re anything like me, you tend to stress over details, especially when you’re in the final stages of a manuscript. I start to question everything. Did I convey the setting accurately? Are my timelines right? What mistakes have I made in this book?

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First, Second and Third Person Narration

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when writing is deciding the perspective from which your story is told. Most fiction is either told first person (I said) or third person (she said). You can try doing second person (you said) but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting out. It can be the most challenging to pull off.

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Revisions

When it comes to writing, revisions ain’t easy. You need to read your own work objectively. And that can be hard, especially if you consider yourself Shakespeare’s spawn. Or if the thought of changing an adjective sends you into panic mode. Or worse, that seeing your work objectively will only prove your deepest fear – that what you’ve written isn’t very good. 

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