The Life and Times of Poopwa Foley

“It’s Not You, It’s Me.” When You and Your Manuscript Need to Have a Talk

Posted on: September 11, 2014


Once upon a time, there was a story I couldn’t write.

The idea for it came to me, as all new story ideas do, like a sparkling jewel of inspiration dropped down from the heavens. And like all new story ideas, I couldn’t wait to take a crack at it. I outlined, I researched, I wrote scenes I knew would never make it into the book but were simply there to help flesh out characters and happenings that would occur offstage from the main narrative.

But after months and months of work, of staying up late and waking up early in order to snatch a few extra minutes of writing time from the edges of my day, I realized I was stuck. Plot points kept falling apart, characters kept doing things that made no sense, entire scenes were crumbling into piles of mismatched words. After all that work, after I’d…

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