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Overcoming “Story Panic”

Writing advice from Denise D. Young, as she navigates course corrections

Denise D. Young

It started as a niggling feeling in the back of my mind, like an earthworm tunneling through the soil: You don’t know how to fix this story. And then it grew, like a python squeezing me, making it hard to breathe: You cannot write a novel. It’s too big, too many moving parts.

Sigh. It’s not the first time story panic has crept up on me. And it probably won’t be the last. So, while I shift my focus to a few short stories for the time being, I’m spending my spare time thinking about my soon-to-be novel Goblins and Grimoires. I mentioned in my last post that the story has some structural issues. So before I dig back into it and add about 20,000 words and do some major rewrites, I’m taking some time to read a few novels, examine how they handle each of the four parts…

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I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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