Stress Busters for Writers

Writing Tip 30. Overcoming Obstacles to a Writing Career.

What moves us to take on a writing career? First, the spark. Then, a sense of determination. And a love of hard work. But at some point, as for our stories’ protagonists, we run into problems that present difficult choices. Here are two of the most common obstacles we face.

The Inner Problem

The inner problem tends to be either a lack, or a surfeit, of confidence; the former can freeze us into inactivity and sorrow, and the latter creates writers who are unwilling to learn.

For both these conditions, the determination to make learning about writing a lifelong goal, is a sovereign cure.

The Outer Problem

The outer problem is often lack of hours in our day. Because we can’t expand the earth’s orbit around the sun, we must make tough choices.

Most of these involve breaking the addictions that are peculiar to our millennium. Less time on whatever these may be for each of us — bingewatching shows, or perhaps playing with our phones — gives more time in the day to draft, outline, revise, and market, without impoverishing our relationships and health.

(Beyond that, your career intersects those of others, and you’re facing getting past editorial.There’s a blog for that here.)

I wish you another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers Mel.

Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was long listed for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the May 2018 Literary Titan Book Award. Thanks for that, lovely to hear.

Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studio Mysteries starring Frankie Ray. She is a founding editor of Pulp Literature Press.






By Mel Anastasiou

Mel Anastasiou is the author of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries (Pulp Literature Press, 2017), The Extra (Wooden Bridge Press, 2016), a growing number of novellas featuring Stella Ryman and Spencer Stevens, and several writing guides, including Pulp Literature Press’s The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Towards an Extraordinary Volume.

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