Studying writing in college has repeatedly made me question whether I love writing enough to finish—or even like writing anymore at all. I want to share why I’ve had such a difficult time and how to avoid the discouragement I faced.
Jeff Miller, Guest Contributor We asked J. Mark Miller, dad to an "OYANer" (a One Year Adventure Novel student) who is also a fantasy-writer himself, to share some reflections for other writers and their parents.
Jared Schmitz: "How do you view the early drafts of your writing projects? Do you view them as blocks of stone requiring smoothing and carving into shape, but essentially complete? Or do you view them more as lumps of clay, likely needing to be fully reshaped more than once?"
Part Two of Notes to Aspiring Writers (when God says no): "I looked at this book and saw the quilt of my life: all the different pieces finally fitting together in a display of God’s mercy, love, and forgiveness. A message I believed with all of my heart (and still believe) women need desperately to hear. But God said no."