Writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It's not all inspirational. —James M. Cain
With all writing there comes a time when you take a step back from your work, look at it long and hard, and feel that there’s something amiss. What makes the difference between a writer and someone who writes is what you decide to do with this knowledge. Do you shrug your shoulders and continue on, hoping no one else will notice, or do you turn to someone for help? Do you venture outside of yourself and find someone with a fresh perspective who can pinpoint what’s nagging you about that sentence, section, or scene and help you resolve the issue?
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Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.