Sometimes as writers, we find ourselves stuck on ideas. Maybe halfway through a book, we hit a wall; suddenly it loses all of it’s magic, and you lose all of your motivation to finish it.

What then?

Do you stow it somewhere safe? Do you try to push through?

When is the right time to give up on a worn piece of work?


First, you have to determine why you’re having trouble with your story. If you think it’s simply a bout of writer’s block, try to find the source of the problem. That way, you can easily solve it and can keep working.


Perhaps you’ve realize that your story is too similar to one of your favorites. Maybe you’ve had round after round of bad feedback. It can be hard to keep up a motivation for a project that you believe isn’t worth the time.



Answer: It is. Bad feedback is valuable. Though it might not be what you want to hear, it doesn’t mean that the project you’re working on is worthless. Sometimes it’s just a matter of growing into the writer you need to become to write it.


Don’t abandon a story simply because you begin to doubt it, or yourself, for that matter.. Work on it and adapt it, and eventually turn it into something you love.


Then again, there are moments where trying to push through a story can be detrimental to your writing.

If you’re focused on this one project that you don’t see going anywhere, but you can’t seem to give up on it, it may be time to set it aside. Don’t let one project keep you from moving on to others; always be writing and building your craft.

That being said, never EVER throw out an idea. Not completely, at least. You never know when inspiration will strike, and that story from two years ago that you thought was going nowhere suddenly rears its head again.

Writers are hoarders by nature; don’t fight it. If you find yourself at a dead end, try to move on and set the idea aside, but always keep it saved somewhere, just in case.

Need more helpful tips?:

How to Stay in Love With Your Novel While Editing

Why Your Writing Sucks (and how to fix your mindset)


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