I’d like to introduce all my blog readers to Jenn Hubbard, an author I know “in real life” and a fellow member of the KidLit Authors Club, with whom I frequently do events. Jenn is a YA author, but today she’s here to talk about a new non-fiction book she has just released — a book for writers that addresses the mental and emotional side of writing.
I’ve read several books on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. But with the exception of sections of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, most of them don’t address the areas where I found myself needing the most support: the mental and emotional.
I receive most of my support from fellow writers, and that has been invaluable. But they can’t always answer me immediately, since they have—you know—lives. Wouldn’t it be nice, I thought, to have a book I could turn to for brief bursts of inspiration? Maybe read a page or two at the start of a writing session, or whenever I need to feel less alone? A book about the highs as well as the lows, a book that acknowledges the frustrations and disappointments and sources of confusion—as well as acknowledging the times when we can’t help but laugh at how crazy things can get?
And so I came up with Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion. The synopsis:
Sometimes the most difficult part of writing is not coming up with a plot or the perfect turn of phrase. It’s getting motivated to sit down and start, or having the confidence to go forward, or finding the courage to move past the sting of rejection. Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion provides inspiration and encouragement for that mental and emotional journey. Covering topics as varied as procrastination, the inner critic, fear, distractions, envy, rejection, joy, and playfulness, it charts the ups and downs of the writing life with honesty, gentle suggestions, and a dash of humor.
Jennifer R. Hubbard (www.jenniferhubbard.com) writes young-adult novels (The Secret Year, Try Not to Breathe, and Until It Hurts to Stop). She spends most of her time writing, reading, or hiking, with a little dark chocolate thrown in.