Connie Ann’s blog is getting a new name!

Connie Ann’s blog is getting a new name!

Dear Readers,

Connie Ann’s blog finally has a name!

Tales from the Valley was inspired by my current journey through the depths of infertility, but it represents my life journey from the beginning. “For though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me.” -Psalm 23.

What originally began as a personal blog to highlight some of my writing has now turned into so much more. I’ve known for some time now that the next step was to give this site a proper name of its own.

One of my goals in 2015 is to give this blog a makeover. I’ll be playing with the backgrounds and layouts for a while until I’m happy with it, so please be patient with me during the process.

Thank you for your support! You all mean so much to me.

Love,

Connie Ann

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Dealing with Writer’s Block

What do you do when you can’t think of anything to write about? There are a million topics floating through my head right now. I can’t seem to get my brain to chill out for a sec and pick one. Actually, my stomach has just now decided to join my brain and tense up in a knot, making me severely stressed and uncomfortable.

How are you supposed to be a writer when every time you get a second to sit down and write, you freeze up? I have an hour lunch break at work, and whenever the shop is slow enough, I spend the time writing. Right now I only have 15 minutes left and I’m starting to hyperventilate. The worst part is, the more time I lose, the more I think about how I’m wasting the only fun time I have every day. I like my work environment, but I don’t like what I do. Writing during lunch is the only fun thing I do during the day.

The problem right now isn’t that I can’t think of a topic. It’s that I can’t settle on just one long enough to write anything interesting about it. Does this ever happen to anyone else? What do you do when that happens?

What’s My Writing Platform?

Recently I decided that I have to be a writer. If I don’t write, I’ll never be happy with myself. My day job is completely unsatisfying from a personal standpoint, and I really want to be doing something creative. I’m trying to get to the point where I can feel comfortable calling myself a writer. I’m doing this the only way I know how: practicing my writing and reading books on the subject.

In Sage Cohen’s book, The Productive Writer, chapter 2 is all about finding and defining your platform. What does she mean by that?

Well, to be honest, I’m not 100% sure. What the heck is a platform? It seems like she means you need to decide what topic you want to be known for. Are you a how-to girl, an expert in culinary history, a poet or a political analyst? What do you want to say to the world?

What do I want to say to the world? I have a lot of interests, but I have no idea what exactly I would want to write about. I have a degree in history and I love art. Could that be the makings of my platform? I wrote my graduation thesis on Italian immigrants and the Catholic Church in the early part of the 20th century. Could that be my platform? What about all the other things I want to write, like the novel I keep thinking about? How do I know when I’ve found the right platform?

In a way, this blog started as an exercise to discover my writing niche. Maybe I could look through my posts and figure out what topics I write about the most.

Maybe there is no clear answer. Maybe I just need to keep writing about whatever I want, and see where it leads me. Sounds like a plan!