Today I’m working on the next issue of my Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, which will go out tonight.
In lieu of blogging today, I thought I’d just post a link to my latest humor column on fiction writing, in which Sam the Plumber decides to build “The Road To Heck.”
You may also be interested in a guest blog that I did which appeared yesterday on the “Routines For Writers” web site. The subject of my guest blog is “That Pesky Goal Setting.”
Kim Miller says
“In lieu of blogging today” ???
After what you just promised Sam? You orta be ashamed.
Donald James Parker says
Good one, Randy. Especially the marketing plan inclusion.
I just wanted to ask if you have ever run into a brilliant writer who suffered from social anxiety disorder.
My husband is a masterful story teller whether written or verbal, but he also suffers from social anxiety disorder and manic depression.
I have been trying to encourage him for the better part of 18 years to write a book or even a collection of short stories.
At the moment he only writes short stories, he wants very much to be a published writer, but he is terrified of the thought of actually having to talk to people about it.
He has a problem with the thought of trying to go to writers conferences as well as he gets panic attacks in a room with more then four people in it.
Is there any advice you could give him, or me to help him with this? Thanks much,
Randy sez: I can’t think of any brilliant writers, but I had general anxiety disorder/panic disorder for most of my life. It got to be very difficult to do all the public speaking that people were asking me to do, so I got some intensive counseling from a good psychologist. That resolved the problems for me very effectively. Counseling doesn’t necessarily solve all problems for all people, but it is the first thing to try, in my opinion. Life is too short to be a slave to anxiety.
Oh, by the way… I loved the road to heck. 😀
Jenny Carlisle says
Hope Sam doesn’t pull up and take my dog. I should have walked her this morning.