The Dirty Little Secret about Writing: Self Doubt Never Really Goes Away

I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years now. And by “seriously” I mean writing novels and short stories with an eye toward publication. I’ve published one nonfiction book, and one work of autobiographical fiction. I also coach writers, so I’ve edited countless manuscripts.

Last month I finished the first draft of my next nonfiction book. I’ve spent the last year reading and researching, and the past six months painstakingly writing out each chapter. “I’ve got this,” I thought to myself all summer long. “I finally know what I’m doing.”

Then, a week ago, I read through the entire first draft.

And immediately went into the black pit of despair. Continue Reading

Why NaNoWriMo Works

If you’re a writer you know what it’s like to have a “writer’s brain.” You meet people for one second and get caught up fantasizing about their life stories. Your imagination goes into overdrive just from hearing a song on the radio. You get so attached to characters in books that you have extreme emotional reactions whenever anything bad happens to them.

Your brain never stops moving. It never stops plotting, dreaming, building, investigating, and finding new roads to travel down.

This is the blessing of being a writer—and the curse. Continue Reading

Announcing a Writer’s Path Writers Club!

Hello everyone! Fellow blogger of A Writer’s Path, Ryan Lanz, has announced the launch of his new initiative: A Writer’s Path Writers Club.

After looking at the writing market for years, Ryan noticed a need for a Writers Club of this kind. Sure, there are Facebook groups, writers groups, etc., but there aren’t many associations that are more than just a gathering of writers.

Ryan wanted to create a club where the sole purpose of it is to solve headaches for writers. Here are some of the headaches he’s looking to solve: Continue Reading