Jen Lynn Anderson

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Jen is a writer, dreamer, and imagination junkie, who is joyously fumbling through life while looking for the right words.

Visit jenlynnanderson.com for information about Jen's writing adventures, or head to Jen's Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/jenlynnanders... for exciting updates about her novel-in-progress, Stormriders!





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I recently wrote a blog post that slightly touches on this. It's more about distractions, and how it's sometimes ea…more
The short answer is: not very well.

I recently wrote a blog post that slightly touches on this. It's more about distractions, and how it's sometimes easy for indie-publishing authors (myself included) to get lost in the marketing side of the process, without leaving much room for the actual writing. As a digital marketing manager in my day job, that definitely resonates, because I find myself bombarded by digital messages 8 hours a day, and it's hard to break from those distractions after your workday is over. I'll find myself doing something drastic if I feel like I'm getting stuck in the digital mire, like switching to my typewriter to really focus for awhile. Clearing away the distractions (easier said than done, of course!) can help get me back in the zone, and avoiding the distractions as a crutch when you already have writer's block is equally as important.

But with regards to writer's block in general, I have made it a practice to jump out of where I'm stuck (if it's a scene or a dialogue exchange) and put my character(s) in a completely new and different situation. It doesn't even have to make sense to the rest of the story. Just get them out of where they are, and see what happens. See how they react. Revisiting your characters is critical. They can tell you a lot, and a lot you weren't expecting. Oftentimes, I can glean some sort of insight into their story arc from their behavior in this new and strange situation. It recently happened with one of my characters, who I felt was too flat and one-dimensional, and thus was avoiding writing scenes for him. I plopped him into a completely different place, gave him something to do, and learned a lot about him in the process. So I'll say it again... if you're stuck, revisit your characters.(less)
Jen Lynn Anderson First up is a travel memoir of a volunteer experience in Moshi, Tanzania. It includes conversations about international volunteering, culture sharing,…moreFirst up is a travel memoir of a volunteer experience in Moshi, Tanzania. It includes conversations about international volunteering, culture sharing, community building, and what "home" means to different people in different places. Please visit my Kickstarter page for more information: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

I'm diligently working on the novel I plan to publish first, a story that I began during National Novel Writing Month (November 2015), called "The Bearers." http://jenlynnanderson.com/novels/the...(less)
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Antagonists Need Love, Too


“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.” 

~John Rogers


Why a Weak Antagonist Can Ruin Your Story
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I’ve always loved a good bad guy.


I mean, a goooooood bad guy (or gal). The characters in your favorite books (or movies) who were so insidiously, deliciously villainous that

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“Write. Write write write write WRITE. Write. Now.

(This is an inspirational writing quote.)”
Jen Anderson

“Karibu, dada wangu. Hapa, wewe ni nyumbani.

Welcome, my sister. Here, you are home.

Home.

And to this home, may you always return.”
Jen Anderson, off the page

“Failure has a hacksaw to my ankles
and right now there is nothing
I want more than to learn
how to walk on my hands.”
Jen Anderson, off the page

“Remember your name. Do not lose hope--what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.”
Neil Gaiman, Instructions

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
Neil Gaiman

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something.”
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“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
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