If you’re writing a book or short story that features an unreliable narrator, I can’t recommend Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire enough. Nabokov’s unusual structuring allows Charles Kinbote, our favorite literary-weirdo-poem-commentator, to explore new depths of strangeness in a pseudo-academic setting.
Failing at writing? Thinking of giving up? You’re not alone. In these moments of existential horror, try to think of why you started writing in the first place. Was there a moment when you realized it was all you ever wanted? What makes you go back to it, day after day? Is there anything that could make you stop writing?