S11E5 – Stop: Making the Decision to Abandon or Pause a Story

There are all kinds of four-letter words people consider to be bad. In writing, those four-letter words aren’t the traditional ones most people think about when they hear the phrase. The four-letter words of writing are the difficult topics to consider, write about, or simply just to do. None of the words are bad, but can be frightening for new authors or authors unfamiliar with certain topics. They are all something that needs to be addressed, at least, and decisions made on how to use them to the author’s advantage. Through June, this podcast will be breaking down those difficult words, such as edit, time, LGBT, and best.

It’s not uncommon for writers to hit a point in their work where ideas are slowing and interest is fleeting. Each author deals with these times differently, with some choosing to keep plowing through and others putting aside the work entirely. Neither decision is wrong, but there are things to consider before deciding to set aside a manuscript temporarily or permanently. This episode is designed for authors who are struggling to make the decision between making the process feel like a burden and giving up on something they once loved.

First aired June 15, 2020.

About the Author
I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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