A Story Is Like a Horse

“Sometimes, a story is like a horse. With the right skills and hard work, you can train it to obey the reins. But if it really wants to go somewhere else, nothing you do to the reins will stop it.” -- Em T. Wytte

Just don’t get bucked off.

Even if you get it to stop, it might not end well. If the story needs to go a specific direction that badly, forcing it in another serves little but your own pride and stubbornness. One of the best habits for a writer to learn is to be sensitive to where the story you’ve started is headed. If you want a specific ending that badly, you’re going to have to go back and reshape the story until it stops leading you somewhere else.

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