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Lauren Sapala

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

Stop Telling Me What I Can—and Can’t—Write About.

I had a really bad time in a creative writing class I took in college.

It was my senior year and a very small class. I desperately wanted to write, but I was having huge problems even finishing one page. Everything I wrote felt clumsy, awkward, and stupid. I was also introverted, super sensitive, and just plain weird. On top of this, the other students in the class seemed to know exactly what they were doing. They seemed to be clicking with the teacher, and handing in work that aligned perfectly with her expectations.

And the teacher did have firm expectations, that much was clear. She seemed very knowledgeable about publishing and what people wanted to read. She had a lot of opinions on what we should spend our time writing, and what would be a waste. Continue Reading

How Do You Keep the Fire Alive for Your Creative Passion, Even When You Don’t Make Any Money at It?

My husband was just about to push the “place order” button on Amazon when he turned to me, fear in his eyes.

“I just don’t know if I can justify the cost,” he said.

We had spent the past few days going back and forth over this big purchase, but now that it was go time I could tell he was freaking out.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Well…it’s just that I’m not making any money at this, so…”

And that’s when I knew we were right back at square one. Continue Reading

Writing as a Path to Awakening

No matter how many years you devote to the craft of writing, one question will always still haunt you. This one question pops up when you’re in the middle of writing a scene, and also when you’re lying in bed at night wrestling with self doubt. You might think you have the answer, or a whole set of answers, to this one question, but it always comes back around again. The question is… Continue Reading