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Monday, August 16, 2010

Just Write It

I hear a lot of questions from writers asking other people if they think something would work.

A point of view.

A tense.

A story idea.

A style of writing.

A plot point.

My answer is always the same. "Write the book the way it wants to be written. If it works, it works."

Because, honestly, NO ONE can tell you if something is going to work or not without reading the completed story. And that's not possible unless you write it. So the next time you want to ask someone if a novel should be written in epistolary format, skip the question and just do it. The worst that could happen is you finish the novel and find out that it's not working. And usually if something's not working, you're going to realize it in the first couple of chapters.

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