The Artful Edit

A friend recommended “The Artful Edit,” by Susan Bell.

A couple of quotes stood out right away and I wanted to share them.

“Write the story that needs to be written–not what you want to write. Refrain from imposing an inorganic idea in it or turn it into something it isn’t meant to be. To write falsely is to not write at all.”


“Relinquish your dogmatic agenda, be it highfalutin or low riding. Listen to what moves you, and if it isn’t what you expect, rejoice in the surprise.”

I know I was afraid to write the book I recently finished. I was afraid to identify with the heroine. Has anyone else experienced this? Given up on what you thought you wanted, and found another story entirely?

Please share your heart. We learn from each other.