“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
One of the things I think people miss when they are telling a story is a sense of action and movement. Those Kevin Smith writers who are all dialogue and don’t realise the reason Kevin Smith is so fantastic is because he has a moving story beneath the jokes.
I know people who struggle more to write than is acceptable. It is like Hemingway’s description of Fitzgerald in ‘A Moveable Feast’. He was always talking about writing rather and complaining about not writing, instead of rooting out the problem. In Fitzgerald’s case Hemingway thought it was his wife, in a lot of other cases I guess it is just fear. Fear that what you are writing isn’t worthy. One thing I have learned is that good writing comes from rewriting.