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22.01.2016 11:26    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Craft      Tags: randy ingermanson  writing  fiction writing  

There’s a bit of magic that happens to all writers at one time or another.


You sit down to start writing and the words aren’t coming.


You keep at it for a bit, and the words still aren’t coming.


You press on and on, and the words still aren’t coming.


And at some point, the words start coming. The emotions are flowing. The scene seems to be writing itself.


It feels like magic when that happens.


The problem is that you can’t make the magic happen.


Sometimes when you write, the magic doesn’t happen.


That’s discouraging, but remember that the magic doesn’t always happen. That’s what makes it magic when it does.


It’s OK when the magic doesn’t happen.


Sometimes it doesn’t happen for days, or weeks, or months.


You may think the magic is lost, that you’ll never have it again.


But you will.


You will if you give it a chance.


You won’t if you give up on it.


The magic will come again.


Maybe today, maybe some other day.


But it will come.


Trust the magic.


Wait for the magic.


Enjoy the magic when it comes.


Don’t kid yourself that you can make the magic happen. You can’t.


Don’t torment yourself when the magic doesn’t happen. It will.


Wait for the magic.


Believe in the magic.


Trust the magic.




About The Author


Randy Ingermanson is a theoretical physicist and the award-winning author of six novels. He has taught at numerous writing conferences over the years and publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, the largest electronic magazine in the world on the craft of writing fiction, with over 11000 readers.


Randy is best known for his "Snowflake Method" of designing a novel. The "Snowflake" page on this web site has been viewed more than 514,000 times over the years.


Randy believes that prepublished novelists fall into four distinct stages, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Each of these stages has its own unique needs. Have you been a Freshman longer than you think you should? Or are you stuck in a Sophomore slump? Check out Writing Fiction For Dummies. Don't settle for where you are! Take action today.

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