By: Nat Russo
I know what you're doing. You're sitting there staring at your laptop screen. Your're probably making this face:
And you're getting nowhere. If this is you, keep reading. There are three things you can do right now to fix your manuscript problems.
Step 1: Quantify the Problem
Those of you who have followed me for a while know that in addition to being a writer, I'm also a software engineer. Software engineers—the good ones at least—are big on process. Software engineering, on the other hand, is big on bugs. It's inevitable. We put a bunch of smart people in a room together and have them develop elaborate computer program designs. What could go wrong?
For starters, those "smart people" all have the same trait in common. They're human. Humans make mistakes. More so, it seems, when a computer is involved.
There's a truism in software development: we cannot fix a bug unless we can reproduce it. It's just that simple. Anything else is a guess. An educated guess, perhaps, but a guess nonetheless.
In other words, we must first know what is wrong. I'm not talking about the effect. I'm talking about the root cause. What you may not realize is that this also holds true for writing. You can't fix it if you don't know what's wrong.
You may not be able to determine this yourself. If you're beating your head against the monitor and you just can't figure it out, don't be afraid to share it with a trusted reader. An objective person may be able to shed some light on it for you. But know this: until you know specifically what is wrong, you won't be able to fix it. So ask for help if you need it. The sooner the better.
Step 2: Develop a Plan of Attack
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