Short Story Struggling

Happy Tuesday!

Happy World Book Day!!  How cool.  Didn’t know there was such a thing!

Now, I wonder if there is a Southern Book Day. That would also be cool. I’m just a little prone to southern things. One can’t help it when you’re brought up in Alabama, Georgia and parts of Florida.

So, having some “issues.”  I took a break from doing research and decided to work on a short story for an upcoming writers workshop. Whoa!  I have writers block!!!  And yes, it is real. I had to dig up some old stories that I don’t particularly like and try to fix one or two. Not working. So what do I do? Punt.

Yes, I punt. I will get out all of the “craft” info – stuff that tells me how to write, how to find a plot, how to make characters’ effective, etc. So back to the basics for this writer.  I’ve got umpteen books on the subject and some I should have memorized by now. So, here goes…

Maybe, just maybe…I’ll read a favorite author’s book. See how to do it again.  Yeah, that’ll do it.

Have a great week!


Published by jodywritessouthern

Jody Herpin writes with a southern accent. Re-discovering her love of writing in the last ten years, she has completed her second novel, "Relative Consequences," and is currently researching her third. In 2015, Jody received First Place for Novel Submission at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for "Weather Permitting." In 2014, she received Third Place for the Microcosm Award at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for her piece, "View of a Lifetime." She's constantly reading, researching and soaking up knowledge about her craft. Born in Savannah, Georgia, she has lived most of her life in the South, attending Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia and living in Alabama, Georgia and North and South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. If she's not writing, she is decorating her home, attempting to paint with watercolors, reading, rediscovering the guitar, walking her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Bella, or cheering for her beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Jody married the love of her life in 2014, and she and her husband, Mike Boggioni, a professional musician, live north of Atlanta, Georgia. She has two grown children and six amazing grandchildren all of whom live close enough "to holler at."

2 thoughts on “Short Story Struggling

  1. Jody: I sympathize – not with the writer’s block – as that has never happened to me (fingers and toes crossed),but with the sentiment that the “self-help here’s how to learn to write” books gets old. At some point they all seem to say the same thing. And when I sit down to create I don’t seem to think of them at all. So why waste the money? I say save time and just dive in. Keep writing! Judith

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