Writing Angst Overcome

Writing Angst Overcome

Alt Text: A photograph of my MacBook keyboard with the A key broken off and resting askew. For the past few weeks, I’ve had writing angst. Most writers get it. If you’ve had it, you know what I mean. Symptoms include lack of desire to write; feelings of...

Letter #6: On Not Writing

Alt Text: A photograph of a sculpted frog sleeping next to an alarm clock. Note to readers: This post is part of a series of letters between me and my friend and author Lauren Faulkenberry. I publish our letters here on my blog, and she also publishes our letters on...
Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Image Alt-Text: Monochrome photograph of grass stalks coated in ice crystals. Image credit: Laura Collins Britton. lcbritton.com Writing is both easy and hard. For some people, one of my children, for instance, writing can be very, very hard. One of my children has a...

Spelunking

I’m revising my next novel right now. The only way I know how to revise a novel is to completely ignore the rest of the world and immerse into the book. Back when I had no kids and plenty of money (those two things are related) I used to go on a writing retreat...

Embarking and Outlining

Starting a new novel is never easy. At some point, you just have to write the first word. Yesterday, I started a new novel. Technically, this is my third novel, if you don’t count my novella, which would make it my fourth. I have another novel that I’ve...

Why Retreat?

This past week, I retreated up to an artist’s center in the N.C. mountains to get some writing done. This is a practice my mother refers to as a “taking a vacation.” But it wasn’t a vacation, not in the sense that she means. Those of us who...