When people set off to write a novel, they often feel as if they need to break every single mold and come up with something no one else has thought of before.
And then, when writing the novel, writers sometimes feel pressure to get their characters from Point A to Point B in the most! exciting! way! possible!
Not only is this way too much pressure to put on yourself, a lot of times it isn’t even the best choice for your story. As I say in my guide to writing a novel, “Sometimes a character just needs to stare at the ice floes and contemplate the meaning of life.”
You don’t have to break every mold to write a novel, and you don’t have to try to blow everyone away on every single page. There’s a rhythm of ups and down in a novel that can be incompatible with shoving originality and excitement where it doesn’t belong. You can also exhaust the reader if you constantly try to blow their minds.
Poor, poor boring idea! You are unappreciated, you are downtrodden, you are the idea of last resort. But sometimes you are the right one for the moment.
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Art: In Gedanken by Félix Armand Heullant