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Just Write the Damned Story!

I understand now why Authors doubt themselves.  I’m making some real progress to my WIP.  But the further I get into it, the more the doubt creeps in.

“Should I have more back-story?  Is this too far-fetched?  Should I eliminate this character?  How about this detail, that detail… etc., etc.”

The continual dialog in my head will not Shut Up!  I constantly have to remind myself to “Just Write the Damned Story!  Just Write the Damned Story!”

Do you have these kind of battles when you are writing? 

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

16 thoughts on “Just Write the Damned Story!

  1. After my first book was published I lost the drive to write another one for a couple years. My second book is still in the editing process and I figured I’d work on another one. I’ve dawdled with two other books I had started, but can’t seem to write anymore. I’ve done some short pieces to submit to magazines, but haven’t submitted any of them. At the rate I’m going, I’ll be 100 before I publish anything again! Trust me – that’s not much of an exaggeration, I’m 69 now.


    1. I understand. I let too many other things distract me. I know that’s what it is. I write the short things for my blog, etc. But buckling down on this book is something else! I’ve decided I’m going to take some time off work in November and lock myself in my house for a few days! Maybe that will help! I’m 60 and still work full time.
      Thanks for stopping in!


  2. Fortunately, I write very quickly and easily, Penny, but in saying that I have never written a full length novel but rather poetry and short stories. The editing and proofing is what drives me crazy [smile].


  3. It happens to me too! Thankfully NaNoWriMo makes it hard to pause (“I HAVE to write xxxx words by today!”) and gives me an excuse to shove my inner editor in the closet for the month, so I do NaNoWriMo to get further into my story. (That makes me a rebel, but what the heck.) 😛


  4. At least for your first draft, keep writing until you reach the end. Once you’re editing you can decide to add more background if needed… or cut some.


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