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Writing can be great fun – and so it should be – but sometimes you will, alas, need just a little bit of discipline…
- Read your work aloud to yourself, and cut any unnecessary words. It is a good idea to do this at the end of each paragraph, or section, or chapter – however much you write in a ‘session’; everyone is different. Review your draft after you have just completed it, and when you are still in that particular ‘zone’, but also read it to yourself when you’ve gained some distance, so that you can see and hear it objectively. It’s not always easy, but it is necessary. Helen Dunmore advises to ‘listen to what you have written’, and it’s true. Words should be your craft, as a writer, so don’t let them become obstacles to the story itself.
Sometimes I think about the boys that have been in my life. The ones that touched me and I didn’t even feel it. The ones that ignored me and I ached for them. The ones that kissed me when I didn’t want them to. The ones that I lusted after. The ones that annoyed me with their flirtation. The ones that made me open up, just to leave. The ones that held my hands and I didn’t want them to let go. There have been boys that have shown me affection and explored me with their beautiful hands, but I always remain cold. My heart doesn’t skip a beat. A smile doesn’t naturally appear. I don’t want to hear about your day. I don’t want you to fall for me. I’m empty and I don’t know how to fix it.
Dean had a problem.
The problem was currently sitting across from him, casually eating a burger as if there wasn’t a problem. The problem was wearing one of Dean’s old shirts and had the most absurd case of bed head that Dean had ever seen. The problem was named Castiel, fallen angel and Dean’s best friend, and the problem was that Dean didn’t even know what the problem was, except that it all seemed to center on Cas.