What’s Your Biggest Obstacle?

Daryll Lynne, James, and Molly reveal the challenges they’ve faced so far in their journey as writers and disclose some of the insights they’ve gained along the way.

Whether it’s trying to find a supportive community in which to share your writing or even just trying to find the time, this episode of Sentence to Paragraph uncovers the more vulnerable side of writing and offers both solutions and commiseration to face the difficulties while continuing to build your lifestyle as a writer. Listen below, on Podomatic, or iTunes.

Molly’s Editing Tips:

“Filtering is when you’re talking about a character’s perception of the story versus the reader’s perception of the story. You’ll find filtering a lot of the time with sensory words so you’ll say so and so saw, so and so heard, so and so felt, but you’ll also see them internally, so and so thought, so and so felt, so and so felt in the emotional sense versus the physical sense of the word. Look for places in your story where you have those filtering words and where you can pull them out. That will create a much bigger sense of immediacy for you reader.”

Molly Martin

Podcast Highlights

  • We consider the different writing groups in the Eugene community and try to acknowledge the difficulty of finding the right fit
  • Daryll Lynne shares her how finding the time to write can be a struggle in a busy schedule and how she uses sharing the hours she’s recorded with someone she trusts in order to increase accountability
  • James admits that he has found it hard to ask for help, especially when adjusting to a new lifestyle including the addition of his daughter to his day to day life and encourages good communication between both personal and professional relationships
  • Molly discusses how she grapples with finding a good community of writers in her new surroundings on the East Coast even while she tries to keep up the motivation to write