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Monday, April 11

What Are You Struggling With As a Writer?

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

No matter what stage a writer is at, there’s usually something giving them trouble.

If they’re just learning, it’s likely something technical such as show don’t tell, or point of view. It might even be coming up with ideas on what to write about.

Intermediate writers frequently struggle with finding the best way to tell their stories or figuring out what stories are the most marketable. It’s also common to have one or two technical issues that still trip them up.

Experienced writers face that elusive “something” that is keeping them from selling a manuscript or getting an agent—which can range from a technical element to a storytelling issue. These can be particularly frustrating because it’s often hard to know what that “something” is.

And finally, there are the professional writers, who commonly find themselves struggling with productivity and marketing. They’re trying to juggle writing and family in a publishing environment that demands more and more from authors every day, and there are only so many hours in that day.

Last week I asked you about your favorite writing conferences, and this week, I’d like to hear what writing issues keep you up at night.

What are you struggling with as a writer right now?


Over the next few weeks I’ll address as many as I can, and if they happen to fall outside my wheelhouse (such as a genre specific problem in a genre I don’t read or write in), I’ll bring in some extra guest authors to answer them.

Share your struggles in the comments (heck, use this as a chance to talk about issues with those who are also going through it as well), or feel free to email me your question at janice (at) janicehardy (dot) com.

Looking for tips on planning and writing your novel? Check out my book Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a series of self-guided workshops that help you turn your idea into a novel. 

Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, and the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, where she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those    with the best intentions often made the worst choices. Her novels include The Shifter(Picked as one of the 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read, 2014) Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The first book in her Foundations of Fiction series, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure is out now.

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