The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Guest Blogs

Hi friends! We are in the official countdown to the publication of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence (which is available for pre-order). I’m told that copies may be available as soon as April 15th (a welcome respite from tax day)! In the process, I’ll be bringing you stories of persistence from a variety of writers. At the end of each post is a question you can answer to win a free copy of one of my books, including Persistence. Today’s guest post is by Lillian Ann Slugocki         Last year, I knew I was finished as a writer. I couldn’t even be bothered to write in my journal. I had nothing to say, because I didn’t have a voice … Read More

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Say Yes

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence

Happy November 3rd! Subscribers to my newsletter receive pep talks like this one every month, along with discounts, submission opportunities, and more. Don’t miss out. Subscribe today: Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek. Say Yes Intrepid scribes: many of you are participating in #NanoWriMo right now–which means you only skimmed this, but that’s okay. This month, when holidays and obligations begin their python-squeeze around our necks, you may find yourself saying no to things that matter to you. So let me be your cheerleader, the voice that has your writerly back. I want you to SAY YES to yourself this month. To your writing, to your creativity, to your dreams. Anytime someone achieves fame in the arts, people want to know: How, Why, … Read More

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Becoming Persistent| On Writing & Commitment

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Writing. Practice.

There’s nothing more humbling to me as a teacher than to watch the process of writers in action. Martha Alderson and I are just back after our first intensive  plot & scene retreat at the Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains. An on-going light-hearted joke,  that was at the same time serious, kept surfacing when we’d encounter an error or confusion: “X happened, because we’re suffering from the human condition.” It became my mantra for the weekend. We all experience the human condition—joy and pain, elation and terror, frustration and delight, error and success—it’s how we suffer and grapple with our being human that makes meaning of it. This applies very neatly to our writing. How we suffer and grapple with … Read More

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