Tag Archives: writer’s life

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

Inspiration All Around Me

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

It’s October. For me, that means I’m taking a hiatus from writing fiction while I work on a project I write annually for our local business journal. It’s hard for me to take a step back from my fiction at this time of year, however, because this work project always inspires me. When I’m inspired, my creativity soars and I usually write my best fiction. So that got me thinking about what inspires writers and what keeps writers motivated when they’re crafting a manuscript and then fine-tuning their words through the revision process. Continue reading

Writing Communities: The Power of More Than One

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

There was an insane amount of information to digest from the SCBWI Midsouth conference (#SCBWIMIDSOUTH16). A lot. I learned a plethora about picture book characters, and advice on writing about historical events. I finally think I have a grasp of what a high concept novel is.  All of this info was great, helpful, inspiring. But more on all of that later, because I’m still processing all that I learned and I feel a little overwhelmed by it. Continue reading

The Power of a Little Encouragement

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I’ve posted several times about the role our regional SCBWI conference has played in my development as a writer. I can’t recommend it enough for improving your craft, networking with other writers, and expanding your knowledge of the industry. Laura posted about missing the conference last week, but being invigorated by the knowledge that two of our group won awards. Well, guess what? I won an award!

As soon as I sat back down with that beautiful piece of paper in my hands, my mind was racing through all the steps to my novel’s publication, ending with rave reviews and a long and successful career. I do realize that I have a lot of work to do between now and then, but that’s the power of a little bit of encouragement. A publishing professional said, “Hey, good job. I like that story,” and suddenly I have the renewed passion and energy to press on through the long, slow journey ahead. Continue reading