By Hannah McManus, Guest Contributor I have always been creating stories. I thought I always would. So I was blindsided when my seemingly endless stream of creativity dried up, leaving me in a creative dry spell that lasted nearly three years.
By Sarah Noe, Guest Contributor At the beginning of last summer, the words stopped coming. I couldn’t understand it. I loved my characters, but they came out on the page flat. My prose was clunky. The theme, which I cared about, wasn’t strong enough to hold up the struggling plot. I was devastated.
Sam Cooper, Guest Contributor: Tough criticism should be expected, but in the ocean of comments toeing the line of becoming insults, there is one dangerous judgment a writer can’t brush away. It sticks. “Your story doesn’t seem original.”
Emily Tjaden, Guest Contributor Emily, a long-time student with The One Year Adventure Novel, recently experienced a breakthrough in her struggle with writer's block. We asked her to share it with us—because, let's be honest, we all wrestle with this monster sooner or later!