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Light It Up—Don’t Burn It Down

What to Do When You Think You Can’t Write Another Word

Gwen Hernandez

Have you reached the point where you think your manuscript would be better off in a bonfire than on a bookshelf? That point where you’re beyond blocked: You hate your characters, you’re bored by your plot, and you wonder why you started writing this story in the first place? If so, you’re not alone. Most writers I know have been through the “just burn it” phase at some point in their career, often more than once. It’s happened to me with nearly every manuscript.

Over the course of a full novel, it can be difficult to maintain love for your work. Fatigue sets in as new ideas compete for your attention, your characters refuse to cooperate, and scenes ...

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