In this episode I give advice about changing your relationship with your writing, and the perils of seeing making art as a war, or viewing your novel as the enemy, or listening to your self-doubt as if it were your boss. I talk about Steven Pressfield’s non-fiction book The War of Art, and David Bayles’ & Ted Orland’s book Art & Fear, both of which tackle this subject in detail, while coming to different conclusions.
This is a good episode to listen to if you find yourself asking: how can make my novel better? Am I good enough to be a writer? How should I start my novel? How do I write a first-person narrator?
In a Death Of 1000 Cuts first I look at the first few sentences of my current work-in-progress, and explain why I think they’re bad. Then I talk about why that doesn’t worry me, and how you can negotiate a better relationship to your work so you’re not too hung up on the gap between what you meant to say, and what appeared on the page.
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