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The good [writing] advice that you just didn’t take…

Hubby constantly tells me to talk it out when I’m stuck in my writing, but I wave him away, knowing I should do it, but not wanting to go through the whole “No, that’s not what I want to do” at every suggestion.

And then Delilah S. Dawson tweeted this:

The truth is, I need to go through the “No, that’s not what I want” part so that I can get to the part where I realize what I need to do for the story (and sometimes I eventually have to admit the part I didn’t want is the part I needed). I have to learn to get past this so I can

Anybody else shoot themselves in the foot this way? Regularly?


Yes, this is an Onion story and it takes things to a ridiculous extreme, but I think every author has felt they’ve desperately lost their way in describing something some time or another. Thankfully, that’s what editing is for.

They moved closer now, and their shadows stretched across the sand, twin silhouettes cut from the same canvas. She laid her finger hub across his tentative, dandelion hands and then slowly let that glorious gripping machine tighten like a mighty vise until at last she could feel that their spirits, too, were entwined, just like their touching-organs were, except emotionally instead of physically.

via Frustrated Novelist No Good At Describing Hands | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.