My writing sucks. No one likes it, and I can’t fix all the problems. I’ll never succeed. I should quit trying and find a “real” job I’m actually talented at. If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably had doubts similar to the ones above. Writing can be a slog, and even when it’s exciting, discouragement may creep in.
Former Story Embers Writing Intern
Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Faith currently resides in the middle of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career, with household work and cooking to do on the side.
When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies, doing dishes, knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband. She is also a community assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She enjoys hearing from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.
Unproductiveness is a nasty little dragon that grows ginormous at the most inconvenient times. For instance, during the last week of NaNoWriMo, I was stuck on my story, so I decided to type up the portion I had handwritten and try to fix some of the problems. I hoped to complete the task before November 30th so I could still hit 50,000 words.
Hooray! You dashed off at least 50,000 words in one month. Maybe you even finished a full novel. But once the mad rush is over, how can you salvage the mess you created?
I’ve read several romance novels, both Christian and “clean,” and made two main observations: many of the stories are unrealistic and follow the same basic plotline.
The 1860s to 1890s were a shoot ’em up, bang ’em up period full of drinking, swearing, killing, and general lawlessness. So, how are you supposed to write a wholesome story set during the Wild West?
When I think about researching the time period my book is set in, I cringe. How do I write it without becoming overwhelmed and giving up?