It can be quite a gruelling process to write a novel.
Sometimes you will just know there's no way what you're writing is going to end up in the finished product.
Things aren’t going well. There’s no point carrying on. The story isn’t working. You’re going to have to rewrite everything, maybe even give it up as a bad job and start from scratch.
My advice, whether working on revisions or going back to square one, is to complete the version you’re working on.
The reason for this is because you will get a boost from reaching the end that will help motivate and energise you.
This is true of most everything you do, not just writing. If you set yourself a goal, and you reach that goal, it will hit you with a dose of good vibes.
Obviously, if you reach the end in spectacular style, the buzz you get will be fantastic. But even if you struggle over the finish line, with pages and pages of terribleness, you will still be rewarded. Even the person who comes in last in the marathon feels pretty good about themselves.
You may think you know it's not worth carrying on, but everybody feels that way when they're stuck in the middle of it.
Don't get me wrong, it could well turn out to be complete rubbish, but assessing that from somewhere in the midst of it all, when you feel tired and pissed off, is not the right time.
You may go on to throw out every word you just slaved over, but you will have achieved something 90% of people who fancy themselves as writers fail to do: complete a manuscript. You will feel like a better person, a serious contender and a proper writer, if you work all the way to the end.
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