How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 65



Often beginning one’s first, rough draft is very difficult. There are so many decisions to be made! First person or third person? What is the setting? What is the conflict? Present tense or past tense? Omniscient narrator? Single or multiple viewpoints? Once I learned to accept this aspect of the rough draft, I was able to take false starts in stride. I think false starts are almost necessary, as I experiment with the voice and tone and other aspects of a particular story. When some of the more important decisions are made, and I “feel” almost instinctly that I’ve made some good decisions, the entryway to the story is unlocked.

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