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:
- Letting Go
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
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
Our on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books
Dorothy Hearst author of The Wolf Chronicles
We have said before that for some authors, characters demand their stories to be written. Dorothy would agree. Dorothy writes about wolves.
I gave their story absolutely everything I had. There is something so humbling about having been given the gift of a great story idea. I felt so grateful but also a little stunned. I wondered why me? Why did they come to me of all the people in the world, when I’d never written anything before? Once I’d accepted the challenge, it felt … Read more
We say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything. It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.
In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.
And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.
But I do protect it.
I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.
And that’s the making of time I suppose. I make time for writing.… Read more
Many authors and students have difficulty starting their projects. For students, often the problem is they aren’t terribly inspired by the topic. I don’t blame them for feeling stuck. It’s difficult find motivation in broad topics like, say, global warming. Once you’ve created a slide showing that poor polar bear swimming in the melted waters of the Arctic, there isn’t much else to say.
But you have a word count requirement, a blog that is due, a white paper, due Sunday. And it’s Sunday. What do you do?
Read here to find out.
Write anywhere, even if your mother … Read more