Another Contest: What Are Your Writing Problems?

The thought has occurred to me that it is time to write an e-book.  Actually,thought has occurred to me before.  Many times.  But, as is so often the case, I got sidetracked.  (On another, related note, I have not forgotten my vow to present the last two Writing Bogs.  They are coming soon.  Maybe even tomorrow.  Really.)

Alas, many topics present themselves as possibilities.  And since I am simultaneously working on a ghost-writing project, rewriting a novel, thinking about a new one, co-directing the Writer’s Loft, working with students, and writing copy for my coaching website, I thought it might be a good idea to get clarity on which one to do first.

So, here’s the deal.  I’m running a survey.  I have several questions I would like you to answer.  I’ll put the name of everybody who answers in a hat and have an impartial, unbiased observer (my son) pull a name.  That person will win a free coaching session. 

Here are a couple of guidelines:

  1. Please comment on THIS post.  You can write long or write short, I’m easy. 
  2. I’ll take comments until April 18th.  That is two nice long weeks.  The drawing will be held on April 20th and I’ll contact the winner by email.
  3. Answer as many questions as your little heart desires.

Here are the questions:

What is the biggest problem that you, as a writer (or creative person) face?

What kind of writing-related information do you have difficulty finding and would like to find more of?  (For instance, publishing, how to get started, how to follow a consistent writing practice, craft issues such as character, plot, dialogue, or anything that occurs to you)

What kind of writing-related information are you most interested in?

What kind of writing-related information would you be most interested in reading a book on?

Bonus question:  Indicate on a scale of 1 to 10 how interested you would be in reading the following:

Set The Words Free.  E-book covering how to get writing and stay writing, with information, tips and techniques on creating an endless flow of words.

The Three Fold Writer’s Path.  E-book covering the three paths of writing: story, style, and creativity.

Make Money Writing Online.  Freelancing for online markets.

Elements of Fiction.  Description, imagery, theme, plot, character, dialogue–all that good stuff.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

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Jen
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04/04/2008 04:52
Well, I’m already the lucky winner of a free coaching session but I’ll still comment so you have additional feedback! What is the biggest problem that you, as a writer face? – Overcoming fear / resistance / blocks What kind of writing-related information do you have difficulty finding and would like to find more of? – I’d love more info on how to structure a novel–how to keep up the momentum and build the story arc, etc. What kind of writing-related information are you most interested in? – Information related to craft rather than business What kind of writing-related information… Read more »
Lin
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04/05/2008 10:01
What is the biggest problem that you, as a writer (or creative person) face? Keeping the momentum going on a big project What kind of writing-related information do you have difficulty finding and would like to find more of? (For instance, publishing, how to get started, how to follow a consistent writing practice, craft issues such as character, plot, dialogue, or anything that occurs to you) Plotting and conflict What kind of writing-related information are you most interested in? Markets open to new writers without their “chops” yet What kind of writing-related information would you be most interested in reading… Read more »
Charlotte
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04/05/2008 22:02

Oh you guys are wonderful, thank you! Your names are both going into the hat for the drawing (Jen, you can always have another coaching session if you win!)

Keep the comments coming, everyone!

Denise Mitchell
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Denise Mitchell
04/07/2008 21:30
What is the biggest problem that you, as a writer (or creative person) face? – Writing consistently. Writing is like healthy eating – I know I will feel better when I do it, but I resist, even though I enjoy it when I actually make myself do it. What kind of writing-related information do you have difficulty finding and would like to find more of? (For instance, publishing, how to get started, how to follow a consistent writing practice, craft issues such as character, plot, dialogue, or anything that occurs to you) – This changes, but right now I’m struggling… Read more »
BellaVida
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04/08/2008 06:05
Hello and thanks for the oportunity. I enjoy reading your blog for writing tips. What is the biggest problem that you, as a writer (or creative person) face? As a parent I am bombarded with distractions and this has infiltrated into my writing style. I start a project with great energy and enthusiasm but end up with unfinished works because I’ve come up with other wonderfully splendid ideas for new stories by the time I’m ready to sit in front of the pc again. What kind of writing-related information do you have difficulty finding and would like to find more… Read more »
Jenny
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04/09/2008 09:54
My biggest problem is “corraling” the thoughts that bombard my mind at times. I carry a Moleskine with me and there are notebooks and three by five cards and pens all over the house, but now I have notebooks and cards full of words and ideas and snippets of this and that, but how to organize and effectively draw from all of that is a problem for me. Also, finding the time to write when so many other things crowd in and distract. I don’t seem to have any problem finding good information on writing; my problem is finding the… Read more »
Charlotte
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04/12/2008 21:22

I’m so excited to read all your comments, you guys, this is so helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. And remember all of you who have not yet taken part in the survey, there is still a week left to do so.

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