I want to talk for a second about how to deal with writer’s block – don’t. Writer’s block is a myth. It is a psych-out. I have been writing for half my life and I have taught enough writing workshops to honestly believe that writer’s block does not exist…unless you let it exist.
Let me qualify that a bit. There are times when I am blocked on a certain piece, certainly. But that doesn’t mean I can’t write. Writer’s block is fear, pure and simple. And it is easy to let that fear dominate you. But it is easy to avoid, too.
I write every day. Usually around 500 words. A lot more lately. There is never a day when I ‘can’t write’, because I don’t try to force it. If I am working on a novel and I feel jammed up, I write a story. If I can’t think of a story, I look around me…I start describing something. Usually, that leads to something. Sometimes it leads to 500 words of description. So what? Continue reading “Blocking Writer’s Block by JD Mader”
I’m not sure when it started. There was what seemed to be a simple, innocent message on Facebook: a “hi, I don’t know you, but I just read your blog and you seem very professional. Would you like to write a guest post for my blog?” I was flattered. I didn’t know this Stephen Hise person, but obviously he had good taste. He wanted to know about my experience as an Indie Author. I certainly had a lot of that. And my journey was probably one of the oddest I can recall. I’m not in the habit of writing guest posts. I’m lazy. Lazy as hell in fact. I’m a driven lunatic with one goal in mind: write books. I turned out 4 in 2011, and I’m shooting for 5 in 2012. 2013 is going to be a bye. In any case, I obliged. You can read my guest post here.
Then, the next email came. “Want to do an interview?” he asked. I may be a single-sighted lunatic, but I’m not stupid. Any time I get an opportunity for free exposure, I take it. Interviews are usually easy, and sometimes I learn things about myself. And, to top it off, Steve’s interviews are then posted in feature article format. As we’d say back in Boston “that’s the ballz.” So I agreed. (You can read that story here.) Continue reading “How Did This Happen??”