The Writer Doubt Epidemic: Why it hits us all, and how to strike back

As I’m in the middle of intensive edits, Victoria’s post couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s worth a read for any of you, like me, that have ever felt you’re writing meaningless drivel. Lie down and let the feeling pass. Then get up and start writing again.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

1159639_doubtI have been doubting myself as a writer lately. A lot. Specifically, I’ve been doubting the quality of my fiction. Wondering if I did things completely wrong.

I do that from time to time. It goes in cycles. Working on “Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction” has really got me thinking about the mechanics of creative writing.

As an MA in literature studies who completed doctoral coursework, I know I can pick apart literature. I can describe good writing and good fiction. I was trained for years to do that. That’s how my blog evolved to be what it is. And I wonder:

Am I a case of “Do as I say, not as I do?”

A case of “Those who can’t do, teach?”

I’d like to think I’m not. I have plenty of good reviews that say I’m not, though I do have some…

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Chuck Palahniuk Shares13 Writing Tips

Another great post from Mired in Mundanity. He always has great writing advice.


1. The egg timer method.  Two years ago, when I wrote the first of these essays it was about my “egg timer method” of writing.  You never saw that essay, but here’s the method:  When you don’t want to write, set an egg timer for one hour (or half hour) and sit down to write until the timer rings.  If you still hate writing, you’re free in an hour.  But usually, by the time that alarm rings, you’ll be so involved in your work, enjoying it so much, you’ll keep going.  Instead of an egg timer, you can put a load of clothes in the washer or dryer and use them to time your work.  Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur.  If you don’t know what…

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