This can be a frustrating process. Really frustrating. I hear of people who sit down and knock out a novel in a couple weeks, take a bit longer for revisions and it's beautiful.
I have dreams of that happening. They usually show up right after my dreams of getting eight hours of sleep (yes, I dream about sleeping - isn't that normal?).
But then the beloved Shannon Hale posted this a few months ago.
This is my hope. I really think my WIP has a cool premise, and I think it can be amazing if I can just get myself to the point where I'm good enough to write it. And I'm pretty certain I'm not the only one.Sometimes I wish writing a book could just be easy for me at last. But when I think about it practically, I am glad it's a struggle. I am (as usual) attempting to write a book that's too hard for me. I'm telling a story I'm not smart enough to tell. The risk of failure is huge. But I prefer it this way. I'm forced to learn, forced to smarten myself up, forced to wrestle. And if it works, then I'll have written something that is better than I am."Write what you know" is for sissies.
What do you do when your WIP is too hard for you? How have you found your have "smartened up" as a writer?