Know Thine Enemy, Part 1

Overwhelm is brutal. Resistance loves to whip it out every now and then. It spins it as writer’s block, because that’s a much easier pill to swallow than admitting we’re in over our heads (even temporarily).

Writer’s block has such a lovely ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s romantic. It absolves us of responsibility.

Too bad it’s utter nonsense.

If we take the time to figure out what’s keeping us from writing, we can come up with a strategy. When overwhelm is the problem, the solution is to break the project down into the smallest possible tasks. Focus on writing just one scene. If that’s still to much, focus on the inciting incident or a scene outline.

Whatever it takes to do the work.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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