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.
April 12-15, 2018
Madison Concourse Hotel
Writers’ Institute is a premier 3-day conference filled with workshops on how to write more efficiently and effectively. We provide aspiring, emerging, and established writers with up-to-date information about their craft, the publishing industry, and current trends in writing.
In 3 jam-packed days, you can…
- Pitch your book or novel to an agent
- Get critiqued
- Promote yourself
- Connect with other writers
- …and transform the way you write