Goodreads asked Andrew Jonathan Fine:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Andrew Jonathan Fine Write what you know. What what you love to write. Write in your own natural storytelling format. NEVER think of writing for money.

For the longest time I was stuck trying to write with the standard 3rd person omniscient narrator formula of story telling, and quickly lost motivation after the first ten pages.

I contacted one of my mentors, Piers Anthony, for help. He suggested I write my chapters as ten pages long, as self-contained stories.

I then remembered an author, David Brin, whose Startide Rising and Heaven's Reach stories were written as short chapters in 1rst person. I followed that format, and soon found myself UNABLE to stop writing!

It wasn't hard to link more-or-less selt-contained stories with common themes, and that's how my first novel fell out.

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