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Writing Stuff: Doubt Dragon Files

GUYS!!! Poetry cover is in progress!! I’ll have mockups as early as next week!! 😀

Okay, I’ll calm down. 😛

Anywho, before you read the title and think I’m over here whining again, spoiler alert: I’m not. Us writers are always learning and growing and flailing around, and I’m here to tell you why doubt isn’t a bad thing.

Before you think me extra crazy, read on.

If you were on Twitter Sunday night or Monday morning, you likely saw a lot of angry Game of Thrones tweets and for good reason. The show is beautifully shot, well-acted for the most part, and exciting. HOWEVER, none of those things can save bad writing.

When you’re working on a project and the doubt monster, in my case a dragon, runs amok all over the castle walls, you might be inclined to take traditional advice and push through it. But hear me out. Game of Thrones season 8 is why you don’t. You don’t force it. You don’t phone it in. You take the time to figure out what the problem is, because you and the characters and everyone else deserve that from you.

The problem with this latest season of Game of Thrones isn’t what’s happening. It’s the writing. It’s the execution. Yes, you need to foreshadow stuff, but you also need to build the proper tension or it’s not going to be satisfying, and we deserve that. The writers and directors have failed us.

Don’t fail yourself and your characters. The doubt monster is here to help in its own irritating way. When it shows up, it’s our job to step back and figure out why it’s here. Because if the doubt monster is at your door, I guarantee you there’s a problem.

Maybe it’s the story. Plot gone wonky. Characters gone awol. Pacing issues.

Maybe it’s you. You’re tired. The story isn’t what you want right now.

Whatever it is, you can’t fix it until you know what the problem is, and you can’t see the problem until you stop crazy making and see what the dragon wants.

I’m not about that miserable writer life. If I don’t want to write or if my writing is making me miserable, I need to fix that or stop writing. Those are my options.

When you let things slide, when you ignore the monster, when you force things, disasters happen. Plot holes happen. Misery happens.

Unsatisfying television happens.

Listen to the monster. ^_^

I was attacked by the doubt dragon last week on a couple of projects. On the first project, I’m just getting cold feet. I feel inadequate. No big deal. Haha. With the other project, my first thought was that I wrecked things. Then I thought that perhaps I just needed a break or a pep talk or to read a different book than I’m currently reading, maybe. But then Game of Thrones happened Sunday night, and I had to face the truth. My first thought was correct. I am wrecking the story.

Doubt dragon and I had a nice discussion and came up with some possible solutions. Game of Thrones is letting me down, but I’m not going to let myself down. 🙂


  • Tonja Drecker

    Sorry to hear that about Game of Thrones. I haven’t watched a single episode, but I’ve heard the complaints. Pushing writing to just get the story out is a terrible idea. I reviewed a book not long ago about the soccer kids stuck in the caves last year. The publisher put the author on a very tight schedule and for all of the wonderful research and good writing, the book is a mess in several aspects. As to the doubt monster, I listen for a few minutes and then stuff a marshmallow in his mouth so I can figure out what he’s screaming about.
    Can’t wait to see that cover!!!!

    • Krystal Jane

      The thought of stuffing a marshmallow in the monster’s mouth is hilarious. 😀 Yeah, yeah, we hear ya. ^_^

  • Michelle Athy

    I saw all the GoT complaints on my timeline Sunday night. Lots of cries of “it’s outttt of characterrrr!” I don’t watch, so I don’t really get it, but I can understand the frustration of seeing a build up for so many seasons and then….fizzzzzz.
    Can’t wait to see the cover!

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