Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Got Any Writing Ideas?

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Recently, my goddaughter sent me an e-mail asking for ideas for a book of short stories she’s writing. She began with the idea to write a book, but discovered she would rather write a book of many short stories. She is eleven and has been writing stories for a couple of years. I admire her enthusiasm.  
I immediately responded to her e-mail and was able to provide her with ten story ideas in a matter of minutes.  After I sent the e-mail, I wondered why can’t I come up with ideas for my blog as easily as I did for her.  
Over the years, I’ve written many short stories.  I’ll read the newspaper or a magazine and instantly have several ideas.  I’ll get many ideas listening to people’s conversations at work, not that I eavesdrop, but working in a cubicle environment, it’s easy to overhear conversations.  I have lists of ideas for short stories and novels, but never enough time to write.
This blog has been my biggest writing challenge so far.  The ideas and words aren’t coming as easily when I sit down to write a post. My mind travels down the road of self-doubt.  I start questioning my ability.  Why would anyone read this post?  How many people will get bored with the first paragraph and move on to something better?  Am I good enough to ever have any followers?
My negative thoughts snowball and before I know it, my mind becomes a dried up well.  All of the ideas and enthusiasm I had before I registered with WordPress.com have vanished.  I then come to the realization that I might be in over my head.

Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

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