Sarah’s Sage Writing Advice for the Day

I follow very few hard and fast rules when writing. Anytime someone says “never do that,” I can point to at least one example of a writer who “did that” incredibly well. Styles vary, rules vary, and so do results.

Other than being true to my own author voice, there is one rule I DO follow, however. And, yes, this is a Sarah M. Cradit original, folks. I know. I Googled it.



My point is, essentially, this: if you love a character, plot point, story idea, setting (or insert other creation here) enough, then don’t abandon it entirely. Walk away, come back, and visit it from another angle. Put it in another story. Rework it.

If there’s enough will to make something work, you will find a way. Love your darlings.

20 thoughts on “Sarah’s Sage Writing Advice for the Day

    1. Thanks Sam 🙂 Its probably an unpopular opinion amongst those who think you should just cut everything that doesn’t work, but I always feel like if your brain took the time to create it, it did so for a reason.

      1. Agreed. I mean, if it’s your ‘darling’, meaning near ‘n’ dear to you, it is so for a reason… there’s got to be something good about it, and while it might not work in the place/time/story it’s in, there’s a spot for it somewhere, right?!

  1. One of the nicest critiques that I’ve received from some who has read the first two revised chapters of my book was, “You didn’t try to be someone else.” I loved that!

  2. Great advice – when I’m faced with that kind of predicament, I ususally stop, (breathe), and tell myself ‘it’s not that it *can’t* work, it’s that you just don’t know how yet. It will come.’ And then I move on to some other aspect and let it marinate in my fevered brain. Of course, at one point that meant a 10-year break from writing, but eventually it worked out! 🙂

    1. You are so right that “you just don’t know how yet.” Other than editing the way something looks/reads, I’ve never completely abandoned an idea or a character. And I’m always so glad for it later, when it occurs to me why!

      And I know all about 10 year writing breaks as well 😛

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