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Over Here, Overachievers!

Aug 11, 2019
 

Many of my beloved writers suffer from a sickness called overachievement - 'the curse of the capable'.

It's a condition for which there seems to be no cure, and yet perhaps there is.

Both intelligent and intuitive, overachievers find their way to The Novelry because they have a feeling the cure is inside the long story. And they're right. 

As we all know, stories have many therapeutic benefits either en masse or taken one at a time. We explore the 'eucatastrophe', the deliverance from evil, described by Tolkien in the Classic Course, and look too at what life problems and psychological ills were chronicled in fairy takes. A little bit of 'doctor heal thyself' is prescribed in the Classic Course which asks you to dig deep into your experience and first loved stories to find the seed of the story you need to write. The translation of your 'wound; into fiction is healing; you hold the problem at arm's length, name it and deal with it. 

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