May 1, 2021 – Jane Cleland, Overcoming Writer’s Block

Find Your Inner Muse: Your internal critic feeds on your own self-doubt, anxieties, and fears. To quiet her, you must starve her out. Our internal editor is a different voice from the one that misdirects our energy by demeaning our efforts. The internal editor is smart and savvy and helps us improve our work. The internal critic shuts down creativity and mocks our editorial eye. In this speech, Jane shares practical strategies to address the three reasons writers feel blocked: fear of failure, fear of success, and perfectionism.

Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. Her short stories are published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She’s also written the bestselling and Agatha Award-winning how-to books, Mastering Plot Twists and Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, both from Writer’s Digest Books.

In addition, Jane provides a free series of monthly webinars on the craft for writing hosted online and created a writing podcast called Honors Class. She is also a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award, in partnership with AHMM.

Jane has an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). Jane is a lecturer at Lehman College where she is also the director of the Program for Professional Communications, and a frequent workshop facilitator and guest author at writing conferences and university programs.

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