Writer’s Block

Writer’s block. Two words that can strike fear in the heart of every writer. And, like every writer, I have experienced it before, but nothing like I did over the past few months. It was so bad that I couldn’t write anything, not even my grocery list.

I would sit at my kitchen table, pen and paper in hand (yes, I am that old-fashioned), and stare off into space. I even tried to get some inspiration by flipping through a few of my favorite cookbooks. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

The blank paper seemed to mock me as I tapped the pen to my head trying to get some creative synapses firing. And still, I had nothing. Great. My Red Booth Writer’s Group was getting ready to rally and come up with another four new articles to submit to The Pueblo Chieftain, and I couldn’t even come up with a grocery list.

It was depressing. And I understood why writers sometimes go bonkers. Actually, I already knew why. There were many times I had to be talked off the ledge when I was in the process of writing and publishing my first book.

Maybe I was going to be one of those authors who were “one hit wonders.” And then, a few weeks ago, I was having a random conversation with another author at The Big Horn Book Nook at The Georgetown Christmas Festival. I told her the sweet story about my Sugar Plum Tree, and she listened with rapt attention. When I was finished, she said those magic words. “You should write that in a book!”

At first I didn’t give it another thought. But later that day, the flood gates opened. The next day I sat down at my computer and began to write. And I have been writing everyday since, except for one. I gave myself Christmas Day off.

But that wonderful author gave me the best Christmas gift I could receive. I’m starting the New Year with a return to a project that I started and abandoned 9 years ago. I’m not quite ready for the BIG REVEAL right now, but I am hoping to have my next book published this summer. I’ll keep you posted. Sometimes all we need are the right words, from the write person. Write on!

Episode #27: Self-Publishing 101

If you’ve ever thought about writing a book (and who hasn’t?), this episode is for you!  Award winning author and founder of My Word Publishing, Polly Letofsky returns to the FemiNinja Project and shares the skinny on self-publishing.

After writing her memoir about her walk around the world, her own disastrous experience with a predatory publisher fired up a passion and desire to learn everything there is to know about the constantly changing industry of self-publishing. Polly walks us through the entire process from start to finish, highlighting what to do, what not to do, and what to not even think about doing. As usual, Polly delivers her message with her remarkable wit and incredible sense of humor.

Love Your Local Author

Bemis Public Library is celebrating the season of love by featuring several hand-picked local authors to meet, mix, and mingle with the public. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to ask the authors about their writing process, hear their personal stories, and discover the secrets to their success. The library is in the beautiful city of Littleton, Colorado with an incredible view of the Rocky Mountains. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come and share the love!

Authors We Love Open House

Join 50 authors for this event which is open to the public. It is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with local authors, ask questions about their writing process, hear their personal stories, and discover the secrets to their success. Following the Open House, we will hold an Author’s Reception in the Library meeting rooms. The reception is a chance for our participating authors to spend some time together talking with old and new friends. We hope to see you there!