Like any endeavor, writing a work of fiction requires learning how to manage those nagging self-doubts each time you sit at a computer and think to yourself, “I can’t write!”

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it’s a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer’s journey! These eight tried and true steps will give you the footwork you need to write a story from start to finish.

Pre-plan your characters, plot and conflict

While many writers prefer to just jump in to pump their creative juices, it’s better to have a preliminary idea of what your characters’ drives and motivations and how they can create a stronger story. Don’t let the outlining and research be an excuse for not writing! Remember, you can always go back to outlining and research. In fact, they might inform the story as you write.

Revise with patience

Many short story writers and novelists know that the key to finishing a story is by constantly revising. It is rare for a writer to get the story right the first time. Each round of revisions results in further clarity. Issues can come up in a revision that can pull your story in an unexpectedly different direction which can complicate the process. Stay patient. The story will eventually unfold.

Consult a Good Editor in Your Genre

Writers need the tough love of an editor in their genre to know those fatal fiction flaws that can save them valuable time from getting stuck in their own head. A good editor can also detect problems become they start taking over the story. Some editors are also writing coaches who can hold you accountable to finish your story.

Humor Your Story

All new writers start out by getting easily attached to their work, publishing goals, dreams, characters that don’t want to behave and even maybe to the reactions by your family who are constantly questioning your motives. Write for writing’s sake. Maybe even surprise yourself by adding a bit of humor into your story that will tickle your readers. Twist the plot unexpectedly. The learning curve may be high for you as a writer, but you don’t have to take your characters seriously.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
Dorit Sasson

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