Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Daughters:     Mom?
Nurse:            She’s been like this for a while.
Daughters:     What’s wrong with her?
Nurse:            When she was brought in, she kept 
                      “Gotta keep editing. 
                       Gotta keep editing.”
Daughters:     What do you mean? Edit what?
Nurse:            What we got out of her was that she’s written a book and wants to self-publish it.
Daughters:     So what’s holding her back?
Nurse:            It’s a condition some authors are afflicted with, especially new and unpublished authors.
Daughters:     What’s this condition called?
Nurse:            Writerphobia.
Daughters:     Writerphobia?
Nurse:            In layman’s terms—fear of rejection and ridicule.
Daughters:     Rejection and ridicule from who?
Nurse:            Everyone in the world.
Daughters:     Is there a cure?
Nurse:            Not exactly, but every now and then when we turn on Netflix it calms her but only for an hour or two.
Daughters:     Have you tried the series, OUTLANDER?
                      There are four seasons so far. If she binge watches it maybe it’ll distract her enough and we can convince her to get the hell out of here.
Nurse:            It’s worth a shot.
Daughters:     Is there hope?
Nurse:            Don’t know. She’s got the worst case we’ve ever seen.
Daughters:     Does she need anything from us?
Nurse:            Hugs, kisses, coffee, and sometimes a shot of tequila.
Daughters:     Poor mom. **sighs**

Do you suffer from Writerphobia?


Wednesday, August 7, 2019


This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 7 posting of the IWSG are Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

August 7 question:  Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

Actually, yes!
I had been working on a short film...
It was my first time writing a screenplay...
The project took more than a year...
Getting stalled in funding.
One day I saw a competition in Writer’s Digest...
And I thought, hmmm? Why not give it a shot?
After getting the “OK” from the producer...
I entered the screenplay in the “script" category.
Weeks went by...
Months went by...
I figured, oh well, it was my first screenplay...
What were the odds?
But then...
I got the notice...
While I didn’t win any of the “places” first, second or third...
I did get an honorable mention...
My name was listed in Writer’s Digest...
And I got a 20% discount on the magazine for one year.
Not bad for my first go-round.
And you? 
Ever write a screenplay? Or wanted to?