*Nonfiction* and *Fiction*

If you’re bored with something you’re writing, there are two possibilities:

1. You need to push yourself to write anyway. Just persevere through it until you get to the next big, exciting scene. You may find in retrospect that you love these “boring” parts. Sometimes the quiet moments are among the best in the book.

We’ve covered how to keep yourself motivated and defeat writer’s block in previous posts, so if this fits your current situation, hang in there and stick it out. You can do it!

2. The second reason you might be bored with your writing is that your writing is boring.

No matter how great a scene looked in your outline, it’s possible that when you actually try to write it, you discover that it contains the dramatic potential of a dead goldfish. (I’m sure there’s someone out there who could turn that idea into an interesting story. If you do that, please let me read it.)

Don’t be afraid to re-imagine or cut material from your outline if dries out your book. Not everything from the first draft will make it in, and that’s okay. If you’re bored with a chapter and feel like it’s going nowhere, check with a trusted friend. See if they agree. If you both feel the section is dull, chances are your readers will feel the same way. Shrink it, summarize it, or cut it, and move on.

Keep it up, writer! You’re doing great!

*This Week’s Word Count*
Nonfiction: 22,050
Your book is as long as: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Fiction: 35,000
Your book is as long as: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


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