Tag Archives: writer’s block

Writing Your Way Through Self-Doubt

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Ok! Raise your hand if you’ve never felt a moment of self-doubt while you were writing. It is just as I expected … all hands down. Well, except for maybe a smug few in the back, but just you wait; self-doubt will rear its head sometime down the line. And I say this because I’ve never meet a serious writer, published or not, who has not confessed to feeling unsure about what they are writing, whether they’ve chosen a sane path, or whether they have the talent, endurance, or courage  to finish the story they’ve started. Continue reading

Writing the Scene that Won’t Be Written

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

There’s a reason you can’t write that scene. You know, the one that keeps winking maliciously on a blank screen with its little cursor whenever you open your manuscript. The one that makes cleaning the house sound appealing. That one.

It might be laziness or a penchant for superfluous online research that gets in your way. It might be because your kid keeps interrupting or because you can’t force yourself out of bed early enough to write it before the rest of the day begins. These are the usual culprits. Look for them first. But the reason for your stalled-out scene might be something else, something totally unrelated to your everyday life and directly rooted in your writing. Continue reading

Snail Mail

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

It’s been awhile since I opened my manuscript, or my notes for that matter. Between stresses at work, having a sick family and being sick myself, I’m beyond unmotivated. We all hit that wall as writers, so I know my situation is not unique.

Finding the desire to get back into it after a lengthy hiatus can be difficult. You lose the momentum you’ve built uncovering and discovering the secrets of the world your creating, the voice(s) of your Continue reading

Hello? Is there ink in this pen . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

Writer’s block. The muse is on vacation, the ideas are stagnant, and you’re not even sure that what you’ve created so far is worth two pennies to rub together. Well, starving writer, allow me to add my two cents. As a rule, if you know what’s causing something, you have a better chance at fixing it, and, in my experience, there are three primary causes for this deplorable condition.

Burn-out. There’s nothing wrong with the book. You are just tired. Tired of working. Tired of writing. If there is a road back to your writer’s heart, you can’t see it, and, honestly, maybe you don’t care. This is a difficult weight to carry as a writer. You don’t tell your friends or other writers because there is a sense of shame. A sense that you are not living up to your design. Continue reading

To the sink I go

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Agatha Christie once said, “The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” I suspect the same can be said for planning a blog post that offers something useful to the reader.  So, with apologies, it’s off to the sink I go.

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