Should I Write or Wait?

by Edward

Hi! Thank you very much for helping me (and other writers) in developing plot. What I am currently missing, though, is the ability to write well enough. I'm writing a series that offers a new perspective on time travel. Now, I do feel passion in what I'm doing, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I should go on or not, because I don't feel too confident with my writing. I think it could actually become a bestseller but I fear that I might not be able to tell the story well. Should I just write it anyway or should I wait and practice until I have learned enough? Once again, thank you very much.

Answer: Write the story you're passionate about now. Maybe it will turn out great and publishable. Or maybe it will turn out to be a "practice story" and working on it will be a learning process that prepares you for writing the next book which will really be the great one that gets published. (Of course, you can't think this way. Whatever story you're working on, you must see it as your best work ever.)

Or maybe this story will be one that you revise several times until the final draft is great and publishable.

You can't know ahead of time. But writing the story that excites you now will make the process enjoyable. It will give you the motivation to keep writing. And the more you write, the better you get. There's nothing to be gained by writing stories that don't excite you while the one that does evaporates on the back burner.

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