Tag: writing mindset

Self-Care for Writers with Day Jobs

Posted November 27, 2018 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Self-Care for Writers with Day Jobs

Writing can be hard. And when you have a non-writing job that pays your bills, finding the time and energy to sit down and get words down can be challenging. I get it. I’m right there with you. I mean, I’ve been thinking about writing this post on self-care for writers for at least a […]

On writer’s guilt (and setting goals)

Posted December 13, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On writer’s guilt (and setting goals)

Writer’s guilt usually comes in the form of the voice that whispers you should be writing. Writer’s guilt doesn’t care what else is going on in your life. If you work 40 hours a week, commute to work, and have kids (human or fur), you should still be writing enough to compete with people writing full time. […]

On the Comparison Trap

Posted August 13, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On the Comparison Trap

Listen, writers, we need to talk. As lonely as writing can be, sometimes it can be even lonelier when you see your writing buddies or role models slapping down more words and publishing more successful books than you are. It’s easy to forget we’re unique. That we have circumstances or skills or brains different from […]

How to Start Writing in the New Year

Posted January 1, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How to Start Writing in the New Year

I recently noticed I’ve got quite a few posts that begin with “Stop.” And while it’s all well-intentioned advice, it’s rather negative, too. Stopping doesn’t tell you how to start something better With 2015 just around the corner, it’s a good time to talk about goals and resolutions. Except “goals” and “resolutions” are often born […]

Your Writer’s Block is Fear

Posted December 4, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Your Writer’s Block is Fear

I spent an entire day dodging the rewrites of my novel, Hidden Illusions. I poked around social media. I escaped on errands. I stared at the computer screen willing the words to come, but nothing happened. Not because I was suffering from writer’s block. I knew I needed to make drastic changes and I wasn’t sure if […]