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Forming Your Identity as a Writer

The Single Biggest Secret to Pantsing: Trusting Your Own Writing Process

I just started writing a new novel a few weeks ago and I feel like a teenager again.

Yes, there is the euphoria and the excitement of magical new lands to discover, and the thrill of new horizons coming into view.

But when I say I feel like a teenager again, that’s not what I mean. Because, in addition to the euphoria, excitement, and thrill, I am also being clobbered by tidal waves of confusion, self-doubt, intense emotion, and fear, fear, fear. Continue Reading

Real Writers Persist. Always.

When writers first start out writing they tend to concentrate on all the wrong things. The big question always seems to be: Do I have talent? This is followed closely by: How do I get an agent? When I was a new writer I also agonized quite a bit over these things. It’s very normal. Whenever a person begins to truly take risks and follow their passion, the first challenges to surface are always questions of self worth and approval from others. Continue Reading