I’m trying to dash off this post before I get swallowed up again by my short story.
Yes, I know I’ve been absent from the blog this month, but August has found me immersed in developing characters and crafting scenes. Whenever I sat down to write a blog post, I became distracted by a scene in the story that I needed to polish or a character that I wanted to add.
The writing process has been quite fun, but now I’m nearing the end of the story, and the usual fears are beginning to surface:
Is the story really any good? Have I succeeded in making the characters compelling or are they one-dimensional? Will I be able to tie everything together in the conclusion? Will it connect with the reader? Will people criticize my work?
This past week I came across a 1956 interview with Nobel laureate William Faulkner in The Paris Review. Several of his observations have helped encourage me to see my story through to the end despite my doubts.
If you need a bit of inspiration in your writing journey, read on for Faulkner’s wise words on why it is healthy for the artist to question his work and the formula for becoming a good writer. [Read more…]