When the horse dies, get off

You feel like you should finish your book—you’ve already sunk so much time and energy into it.

But your old techniques for productivity aren’t working anymore.

Your story isn’t going anywhere—no purpose, no horizon.

And you hate your manuscript. Like, really, truly, loathe it.

It’s normal to feel stuck at points in your writing. But sometimes, despite best intentions, your writing is simply not working.

The manuscript you have been labouring over may have been a false start, or paved the way for a new approach.

The difference between a pro and a hack is knowing when you’re riding a dead horse.

Cut your losses and start walking.

“Walking” can mean trying again from a different perspective, or burying this manuscript where all good horses go to die: the bottom drawer.

Walk until you find a new horse.

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