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Is My Story Good Enough? 4 Solid Pieces of Advice

Do you ever ask yourself this question – Is my story good enough?

I certainly do! In fact, I’m writing a story at the moment, and have reached that point where I’m asking myself exactly that question. Is it too long-winded? Is there enough action? Are the characters believable and engaging enough? Does the world they live in make sense? Is it good enough?

fantasy story

Can you relate to that?

At times like these, here’s some advice, that I intend as much for myself as for you. 🙂

1. The question is not: Am I good enough? See the difference? Even if this story is rubbish, it doesn’t mean you are a rubbish person! Far from it! In fact, if you have got as far as even starting your novel, you are way ahead of many who only think about it, but never do it. So congratulations for not burying your talent, but getting it out and making it work.

2. Stop worrying if it’s good enough! Good enough for what? So it may never become a bestseller, but suppose you ask a nephew or niece to read it, and they love it. Isn’t that success enough? What if the message in your story touches just one or two young people… wouldn’t that be amazing?

3. You can improve! So this particular novel might not be the best ever written, but you can get better with practice, by joining a class, getting some help. You will never become a better writer if you give up! So keep writing and do the very best you can. One story at a time.

4. Pray, and remember your purpose. Don’t let anything stop you. You have good news to share.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson

Hope this inspires you to keep going! If it does, please come over to our facebook page, leave a comment, share the post, tell your friends. It will help get the word out, and maybe inspire more people to write more stories…

Until next time,

Janet

All Tied Up

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Being Mean II – The Reason

praying Last week we took a look at making life hard for your protagonist. Did that resonate with you? Here’s a further thought on the same theme: your readers will have to go through tough times. Trials and temptations are part of this fallen world. Sad, but true. Perhaps they are bullied at school, come from […] Continue reading →

Time to Be Mean

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Take Note

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Naming Characters Part II

three girl friends Hello again, writer friends! Since writing last week’s post about names (Did you check out the link? You can read the post again here), I’ve been thinking. One of the most important reasons for choosing the right name for your character, is that the name will be… Continue reading →

What’s in a Name?

stork bringing baby Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s creative writing tip! Actually, less of a ‘tip’ this week, more of a ‘help’, I hope! According to the most recent statistics, Harper was the girls’ name in the top 100 with the biggest rise in popularity over the previous 10 years, whilst for boys it was … Continue reading →

Sudden Surprises

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What Do You Think of Glossaries?

A Pennyworth of Peppermints front cover Occasionally you will find a story for young people where a glossary would be helpful. I remember one book I used to read over and over as a child, where most of the action was set in India. The word… Continue reading →

Are They Like You?

children of different nationalities Hello again writer friends! Today’s creative writing tip is one we all need to heed. If one or more of our characters are not like us, are they authentic? Our characters may not be like… Continue reading →