The Writer as Saboteur

I would have liked to say that my muse has started to sing again. Or that inspiration has finally pushed the Dark Prince into motion. None if it is true, I think. When it comes to finishing novels, only focus and determination will get you there. And  it took me years to find out. Ugh!

But whatever force is moving it along, my novel has grown another 2000 words in two days. In order to celebrate my progress with you, I had wanted to offer another excerpt of the first chapter. But as I read the next passage, I felt it needed some work. I do not want to start editing at the moment, because I need to write those final words first.

There is cause for optimism: the scenes are taking shape and the characters do their surprising act of moving the story along in directions that I had not anticipated. But when that happens, I know I am on to something good. I no longer force the story to my will, I am merely recording what is there. Doubt and uncertainty make me try to plot and outline, stalling my progress even further. Just letting the story flow and reveal itself is the real joy in writing and I have to tell you, I had two very enjoyable days.

While this may work for me, I know it does not work the same way for others. Writing is a very personal craft with no real wrongs or rights when it comes to the writing process. We may look for outside causes that stall our writing, but writers usually are their own worst critics and saboteurs.

Have a great and productive weekend!



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About Emmy

"The urge to write is like a feverdream. And I have been dreaming for most of my life."

6 responses to “The Writer as Saboteur”

  1. 2unpublishedgirls says :

    Great post, Emmy! I completely agree with you. It takes focus and determination to finish a novel. My muse helps me get there, but without the other two I would have six unfinished novels tucked away.

    I love it when my characters surprise me. It’s the best feeling in the world and to me, it’s proof that this is what I’m meant to do.


  2. Emmy says :

    Thanks RB. I wish I had realised it sooner. Worse still, I’m sure that I’m bound to forget it somewhere along the lines.
    Happy writing!

  3. gabrielablandy says :

    Really enjoyed this, it’s always inspiring to get a glimpse of someone on a writing roll!

  4. Josh Abbott says :

    I think I’ve grown to accept the unpredictable ebbs and flows of novel-writing. I’ve had days where I’ve pumped out 5,000 words, and I’ve had months where I’ve been so flustered with a single scene, that I ended up procrastinating and working on a bunch of other projects. It feels awesome to have those productive moments where everything comes together and your vision begins to take shape. Those are the moments that validate your work and give it the sense of reward that we all crave.

    • Emmy says :

      You are so right, I’ve had those as well. But now the end of my first draft is in sight, I am trying to be consistent in getting the words out to keep from looking at that finishing post like a rabbit staring at headlights. Us humans are odd beings 🙂

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