Sound Familiar, Writer?
Writer’s block is a soul sucking abyss. You have a great idea, sit down to write, and then nothing. Just tiny, imaginary crickets singing in the void.
Soon the crickets are crushed by suffocating panic. If you’re like me, you begin a frantic search for answers and overwhelm yourself with piles of conflicting information.
First, there is no formula for writing the right way. Second, even though it is scary, there’s freedom in that. Now, you need to ask the right questions starting with what do I want to write?
If the crickets resurrected themselves, that’s okay. It’s not the zombie apocalypse. I’m here to help you sort it all out.
I’m Vanna, Avid Reader, Cricket Killer, and Blocked Writer
My apocalyptic panic happened six years ago. I set out from college with a piece of paper, a crappy alumni license plate holder, and a dream of publishing. But I didn’t know a damn thing about writing a book. My education taught me how to do research and write essays. I could pull a story apart and look at all the pieces but didn’t have a clue how to put one together.
So I undid my four-year education and started over. The result is a considerable collection of information and personal observations to share with you.
The Truest Thing About Writing
More than talent and inspiration, writing is a skill. Without practice, skills don’t improve. Without studying other writers, you won’t know what works and what doesn’t. Learn the basics and your own art emerges.
Most importantly writing, even crappy writing, makes you a writer even if your name isn’t splashed across the front of a hardback. At least as long as you keep coming back to try again. Hopefully, sharing my experience makes that a little easier and the process a little less frustrating.