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Why writers abandon stories — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Why writers give upIf you find that you start a number of stories or pieces that you don’t ever bother finishing…it may be that there is nothing at their center about which you care passionately. You need to put yourself at their center, you and what you believe to be true or right.
Anne Lamott

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4 comments on “Why writers abandon stories — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. Carol Balawyder
    March 9, 2014

    So true. Passion is the fuel that drives the writer:)

    • bridget whelan
      March 9, 2014

      Yeah, there’s no substitute. However, a writer also needs tenacity and sometimes it is hard to know when to give up on an idea or when to keep on keeping on.

      • Kym Lloyd
        March 10, 2014

        I absolutely agree, Bridget. I find it is hard to ‘abandon’ even when I know something is not working. Another problem is when there are so many ideas for stories, novels – a decision has to be made which one to commit to. I currently have three ‘projects’ and this helps when I reach a tricky stage – I shift to another project if I feel bleak/stuck etc on a work-in-progress. I’ve learned to ‘allow’ myself flexibility.

  2. bridget whelan
    March 11, 2014

    I’ve heard of other writers doing that – must experiment with it one day. But I seem to need to stay focused on one thing or I – literally – lose the plot…

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