The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, June 24, 2011, at 1:18 PM
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  • I always knew writing a book would be a long process and I was ready for that, but I'm learning lately that there's so much more to it than I ever knew. I'm happy to be learning all of this, about protagonists and antagonists, outlining and 3 Act structure, but sometimes it's so overwhelming that I get discouraged. What ever happened to the good old days when writers just sat down and wrote books?

    -- Posted by DHarris on Mon, Jun 27, 2011, at 1:11 PM
  • I just found this blog and have been reading all the archived posts. It's set up very clearly and easy to follow; certainly better than most I've read. My question is, as you go through the process of step by step guides to writing a book, how many blogs do you think you'll have? And what will you write about when you've covered all the topics?

    -- Posted by fictionfan on Tue, Jun 28, 2011, at 8:32 PM
  • Writing has always been hard work. Those authors who make it look easy are putting a lot of effort into make it look effortless. Don't be discouraged, but:

    "Easy reading is damned hard writing." Nathaniel Hawthorne

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 2:32 PM
  • Well, I've been writing this blog for 3 months now, and I figure I'm about a third of the way through the list of writing topics I'd prepared. That means approximately 6 more months to go. After that, who knows what will happen?

    My intention is to continue writing the blog, covering all areas of writing and books as the ideas come to me. I hope I'll be able to continue offering weekly content, but won't know for sure until the time comes.

    I do know a couple of things for sure: I've had a blast doing this, and I would hate to stop.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 2:46 PM
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