Genre. Troupes. Ideal. Retellings. Protag. Antag. Plot.
Falling action. Rising action. Climaxes.
It can be utterly maddening and terrifying to be a writer. There are so many opposing forces at work which would drive you to burn everything in your immediate vicinity which would would lend yourself to writing!
There are certain things about writing which indeed are immutable. Grammar. Spelling. Syntax. Punctuation. Spacing. Margins. Just like with breaking the fourth wall, it can feel sometimes as if writing is less an exercise in creativity and more like a practice in regurgitation. It can be scary to go into a traditional genre, or specific character troupe and feel that you cannot draw an audience.
From that doubt, it is easy (or even expected) that here is where you quit. Here is where you decide whether or not you will trust your talent and imagination. Here is where you will be told that you don’t have what it takes to write, to pursue this as a career. Or, as Anne Rice was told,
“What makes you think you be a writer?”
Let me tell you, it is this fear that kills writers. It rips words and will out of you…giving nothing back.
As a writer, as an editor, I cannot prevent this from happening to you. This is the fear every writer, everyone that desires to write must overcome.
Word by word. Letter by letter. Thought by thought. Contend with the doubt, so that you may know it, and overcome it.
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