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At some point in every manuscript, I hit a wall. A big, honkin', immense, Jericho-Great Wall of China wall.
And I've hit it now.
What happens when I hit this wall? Doubts encroach.
"This is tripe. Why did you ever think you could write a novel?"
"There's so much to fix here. You'll never be able to polish this pig's ear into a silk purse."
So, what to do about it?
1. Plow. Keep putting words on the page.
2. Trust. Trust the story. I've plotted extensively, the story holds together in the outline, and if I stay true to the original vision, it will come out all right in the end.
3. Relax. Every story needs edits, and I have factored in time to edit....extensively if necessary...as long as I keep putting words to the ms at the current rate.
4. Reflect. Remember that I've done this many times before. The "this stinks" stage happens with each story, and each time, as long as I keep working, things turn around.
5. Pray. God's got it all under control. He will give me the strength to finish the work.
Question for you...do you ever hit a wall in your work? Do you wonder how it will come together?
How do you work through it?