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Participating in NaNoWriMo? Donna Morrissey says to embrace bad writing

If you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, novelist Donna Morrissey's advice is to work through the bad writing.
November is National Novel Writing Month. (Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash)

This writing tip is from Donna Morrissey.

"My advice is to keep our butts in the seat. It is through bad writing that we discover good writing. We have to stick with it, curb the despair when the going gets tough. We just keep sitting with it, just keep picking at it, walking with it and picking at it and walking with it and eating with it and dreaming with it, and then... the breakthrough comes! It comes again and again until the thing is done. It is a challenging thing to do, writing a novel. Trust the process, that is my mantra."

Donna Morrissey is a Halifax-based novelist. She debuted with the 1999 novel Kit's Law. In 2016, Morrissey published The Fortunate Brother, which won the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing and the 2017 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

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