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Why authors are unhappy

I just read Seven steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott.  The authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:

  • Why authors are unhappyUnhappiness
  • Wanting
  • Commitment
  • Wavering
  • Letting Go
  • Immersion
  • Fulfillment

I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself.  But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood:  unhappiness.

This unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own  limitations. Newbie writers think of  unhappiness as failure, many writers and creatives consider  unhappiness as a sign of  inadequacy or … Read more

Characters in Fiction

Characters in FictionAsk me about a favorite book – and I’ll describe the heroine.

We often, if pressed, remember key points of a plot, but what really stick in our heads are the characters.  We remember the who over the how, before the what.

Do we love Jane Austen’s books because of the intricate plots? Not really.

The story? Please, we know the story. What we love are the characters, the strong women who get into trouble because they blurt out what they are thinking, the handsome hero who is just misunderstood, the spunky friend for whom we wish as much Read more

Frustrated with writing?

Frustrated with writing?Writing is frustrating, difficult and maddening.  Writers are frustrating, difficult and maddening. I think our reputation as mad and/or drunks is well deserved.  

But we keep at it, why?

No matter how difficult the work,  how awkward and unmanageable the manuscript or how awful the characters are or how badly behaved the sentences are: I am happy because I have a book to work on.  I am happy because I am involved in a creative project.  

We all long to create meaning. Working on a book, even thinking about a book gives my daily life meaning. Writing may not deliver Read more

Amber AlertWe’re hosting the Blog Tour for fellow Caliburn Press author Barbara Winkes and her new book, Amber Alert

Barbara discusses her road to publication.

I had always been writing, and it had been my dream for a long time to hold my own book in my hands—when it finally happened, the story leading up to it could have been from a romance novel itself. I fell in love and less than two years later, I moved across the ocean and got married.

You can imagine that this process involves lots of paperwork which, of course, is less romantic. I couldn’t … Read more

Is your writing project too much?

Is your writing project too much?Did you make long ribbons of resolutions while sitting in the dark waiting for midnight to chime off in your part of the world so you can STOP writing the resolution list and just drink?

Resolutions have taken on great portentous weights and expectations.  It used to be we could solemnly promise to stop smoking on December 31st  and call it a night.  Even if we didn’t smoke.

Now we are plagued, year round, by countless extortions wrapped up in pricey seminars that command us to  visualize, manifest and otherwise think ourselves into prosperity or fame, right now, starting today, Read more

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