Sound Familiar, Writer?
Almost a decade ago, I diagnosed myself with writer’s block. The treatment? Lots and lots of research on writing.
I thought that if I found that one thing, that magic piece of advice, I’d be cured and the writing would start again.
About a year ago, I realized that the reason I’d never found the right answers was because I’d been asking the wrong questions. It’s not just about writing. It’s about story too.
What separates the good stories from the great ones? How do we relate to story? How do stories teach us, comfort us, and guide us? How have stories shaped me?
Stick around if you want a few answers or to watch me fail epically in pursuit of them. Either way, it’ll be a good time.
I’m Vanna, Writer, Reader, and Harry Potter Expert
That’s right. Challenge me to a round of Harry Potter trivia. I dare you.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for so long, I can’t remember the moment that dream was born. Maybe it always just was.
My dog, Patch, is my side kick and sounding board. He’s a great listener when he’s not chasing squirrels. I love everything British, have an unfulfilled ambition to be an avid tea drinker, and would travel if my budget allowed.
I’m a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a friend, a socially awkward introvert, and avid reader. I always carry a book or my Kindle with me and my purse is full of notebooks and pens, most of which are out of ink.
The Truest Thing About Writing
Writing is about more than process and word choice. It’s about story telling. Find a good story, great characters, and an interesting problem, and the rest will fall into place.
More than that though, writing and story telling are skills that need to be practiced. Great stories don’t just fall out of you and onto the page. They have to be coaxed, persuaded, and sometimes even yanked out. It takes time so be patient and kind to yourself.