Author Archives: Diana Stout

About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor

7 Good—and not so good—Reasons Why I Shelve First Drafts

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question being asked this month for June 2, 2021: For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of … Continue reading

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Reader Surprise & Reader Expectation(s)

“Have I read anything you’ve written?” Continue reading

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Risk-Taking Writers

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question being asked this month for April 2021 is: Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work? Risk-Taking Writers Something I’ve … Continue reading

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She looks at me like I’m old news. I’ve seen that look before… Continue reading

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What Motivates My Reading Choices?

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question being asked this month for March is: Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create … Continue reading

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Friendships Built Through Blogging

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question being asked this month for February is: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere? Friendships … Continue reading

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Six Reasons That Will Make Me Stop Reading Your Book

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question being asked this month is: Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books? … Continue reading

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A Necessary Evil: Feeding the Writer

A Necessary Evil: Feeding the Writer…with a Chicken & Stuffing Casserole I’m one of those writers who wants to go into the kitchen and ten minutes later be eating a solid meal. Second to that, I’m good with a dish … Continue reading

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Pluviophile Productivity: Writing in the rain

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group December 2 question – Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why? Pluviophile Productivity: Writing in the rain I’m an avid, solid … Continue reading

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The Reasons Why I Write What I Write

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group November 4 question – Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance … Continue reading

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