Today's guest post is from YA author, Jennifer R. Hubbard.
Jenn stands as one of my pillars of inspiration and has become an unknowing mentor in my writing life. I draw so much from her blog posts and so many times, I wished I could put stickies all over her blog on specific topics to return to. Now, I can... well, in an electronic sort of way - thanks to the bookmarking and highlighting capabilities of my e-book reader app.
Here's Jenn sharing with us why she wrote Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion.
When I first started writing seriously, for publication, I was alone. I didn’t know many other people who liked to write, and I didn’t know any who were regularly submitting manuscripts for publication. The only time I got critique was during the occasional workshop class that I took at night.
One reward of going to writers’ conferences and joining writers’ groups was finding like-minded colleagues—and friends. Friends who saw me through the process of writing, revising, querying, and moving past rejection letters. Friends who helped me run the obstacle course of publication. Friends with whom I exchanged pep talks.
Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, if I could have a little pep talk at the beginning of every writing session? Wouldn’t it be great to have a resource that acknowledges the emotional difficulties—and the humor—of writing and publishing? Out of these questions came Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion . Essentially, it covers the topics that I’ve found myself thinking about the most: procrastination, envy, getting started, learning to say no, learning to say yes. Remembering to celebrate. Knowing when to tough things out and when to let go. My hope is that my thoughts on those subjects will be helpful to other writers as well, and that it will at least remind them that they’re not alone.
Synopsis: Sometimes the most difficult part of writing is not coming up with a plot or the perfect turn of phrase. It’s getting motivated to sit down and start, or having the confidence to go forward, or finding the courage to move past the sting of rejection. Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion provides inspiration and encouragement for that mental and emotional journey. It charts the ups and downs of the writing life with honesty, gentle suggestions, and a dash of humor.
Jennifer R. Hubbard (www.jenniferhubbard.com) is the author of three novels for young adults and several short stories. Her most recent book, Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion, discusses failure and success and everything in between. She lives near Philadelphia with an understanding husband, a pile of books and chocolate, and a melodramatic cat.