Writers write—pages, scripts, poems, blogs. While many say they are stalled by creative blocks, working as a journalist forced respect for deadlines. Reporters either write or find an alternative career.
During mornings at the computer, there are other topics (snacks, music, petting the dog, visiting Facebook) that sometimes work against adding words to those on screen. One habit that’s worked through the years to break through distraction is to set a timer for thirty minutes and write just one paragraph of at least five sentences. If an actual manuscript doesn’t inspire work, pulling a title from the bookshelves to twist it into a character profile or flash fiction opening usually creates challenge.
Devoting that energy to you via a blog is a far more attractive use of time. There are exciting writing events in the next six months to share with you. First up-the Stonecoast Writers workshop in Howth, Ireland this week. When a few dozen Irish and American writers spend eight days together, there will be many good stories.
The AWP Annual Conference in Chicago is a writer’s dream. Thousands of authors, poets, editors, publishers, agents and writing program faculty gather for five days of workshops, presentations about the industry, readings and networking.
More often, I’ll share with you the life of a writer published by a small press—the writing, revision, marketing and pure hard work that goes into release of a new book–Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037. Events are fun, other writers are interesting. You’ll enjoy meeting our book club and might find good recommendations about books you’d like to read. You might even enjoy the entries about one writer facing the challenging publishing world in 2012.
In front of the desk in my office there is one comfy visitor chair. Please feel free to virtually claim it while reading Cynthia Kraack’s blog.