Thirty On Tap, Writing

Why Having a “Work in Progress” Isn’t a Bad Thing

Writers often have a love/hate relationship with finishing a manuscript. On one hand, there’s nothing quite like the sweet relief that comes with writing ‘The End’ when finishing a work in progress (or WIP). I recently had this gratifying experience with the first draft of my upcoming novel, The Follow. Over sixty-six thousand words of my life are saved and awaiting revision. This is usually where the flip-side of the joy of finishing a project begins. The fear that seeps in when you aren’t sure what to do next can be frustrating at best and unproductive at worst.

But there is a way to prevent the dreaded writing slump: keep a writing stash!  I am never without multiple options for WIPs, whether they are evergreen blog posts, saucy short stories, or pieces like the one you’re reading right now. Having your hands in many writing projects at once may sound stressful (and, sometimes, it is!), but the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. Read more on Thirty On Tap…


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