Writing a novel is an act of faith. Even starting a blog can feel like stepping out to walk on water. Today, I write. Today, I publish my first Story Storming article in hopes of continuing month to month, year to year… in hopes of helping others who have begun a journey like mine. It’s as much an act of faith as it is of writing.
What can I say that others have not already said? What unique words do I have to offer? Writers everywhere ask similar questions loaded with self-doubt. Maybe that’s the point.
Whoever you are, you’re not alone out there.
I may not have all the answers, but in my years of reading, writing, and critiquing fiction, I’ve learned a few lessons I’d like to share. More than that, I have a passion for mentoring. Optimistically, I’m past the midpoint of my writer-to-author journey, but I took an inordinate amount of time getting here. My sincere hope is that I might spare other writers the same agony of wandering through their own wilderness.
So, whether you sit back, invisible, reading the blogs from afar… or delve in and interact—maybe even partaking of a free critique, when offered—I hope you’ll find some help here.
P.S. Stay tuned for a new blog the first of each month, complete with a related giveaway! Leave a comment below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. I’ll be giving one away for every fifty commenters (each new name counted once), so spread the word! The more the merrier! (Winners will be announced on Saturday April 21st.)
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