So this last week, I’ve encountered a bunch of articles encouraging what I consider ‘magical thinking’ for writers. An ephemeral desire, perhaps, to not be responsible for the work, to let the work be in charge.

Now, I’ve discussed a bit about being pragmatic about things. After all, it’s what is best for the work, not what’s best for your ego.

But sometimes, I just get tired of it.

I don’t write to the ‘muse.’ I’m just lazy and need to work on that.

I don’t ‘trust the story.’ I kick the story in the teeth until it behaves.

I don’t ‘listen to my characters.’ I craft them to their roles and explore many potential existences before laying them on the page.

What magical thinking drives you batty? Reply below with your method of fighting back.