It’s the stereotype as old as time; writers are never done.
As long as writers have been inventing literary tropes,
they’ve lived their own: a writer who can’t write.
Do these sound familiar?
5 Most Common Writing Fears
- Thinking your writing might stink.
- Wondering who would want to read about your (fill in the blank: fantasy characters, time in the Peace Corps, first year as a dad, etc.).
- Wanting to write, but not wanting to research the details that will add authenticity to your piece.
- Having to dig into your own emotions while digging into your characters’ feelings.
- Dreading rejection by publishers.
So, as an aspiring novelist, how do you go from a standstill to a flying leap?
- Face your fears. Acknowledge your concerns, but choose a point to simply move on.
- Piece out your work. Break down your work into smaller goals that you can accomplish on a daily or weekly basis. Use an outline to help organize your thoughts.
- Don’t edit while you write. You’ll get nowhere if you try to perfect as you write. Get out the guts and worry about the fine tuning later.
- Know when to stop editing. Turn off your laptop and walk away. Then show your work to someone else; an outside perspective can move you along.
June 26-30, 2017
University of Wisconsin Pyle Center
The Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat offers a five-day immersion in professional instruction for writers of all levels. For 19 years, it has helped attendees polish their work and find publishing success.
- Join writers from around the country in a friendly, creative atmosphere overlooking lovely Lake Mendota.
- Learn from experienced educators and authors.
- Choose from fourteen sections in fiction, nonfiction, freelancing, and poetry.
- Take your work to the next level in master classes and critiques.
Register by May 15 to receive the early-bird discount.