Honesty.

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It’s important when writing to be honest with yourself.

I’ve learned to ask myself a number of questions while I’m working on a new story, particularly during NaNoWriMo.

  • Am I rushing the story?
  • Am I adding unnecessary filler to bulk up the word count?
  • Did I really need that sixth cup of tea?
  • Would the sex scenes I wrote make my mother blush? (If yes, my work here is done.)
  • Does the plot resolution make sense?
  • Did I resolve the conflict too quickly?

I found myself needing to answer the first two questions in particular over the last three days.   It’s not always easy to slow yourself down when telling a story, and during November, it’s easy to keep going even when the story is told.   Reining myself in wasn’t all that easy though.   It’s important though.

What questions do you ask yourself while writing?  Are you honest in your answers?