Author(ish) Podcast Episode 02 – The Emotional Phases of Writing

In episode two of the Author(ish) podcast, based off a blog Dana wrote, Dana and Amy talk about the Emotional Phases of Writing. You can read the blog by clicking here.

I share that I recently met my publishing sister, S.E. Reed, author of the upcoming YA My Heart is Hurting. (You can watch the trailer below).

Dana shared that she just got her first round of edits for her upcoming book, Serving Love.

We answer a listener question about how sometimes doing the research for historical fiction can slow down the creative process and what to do about it.

Then we dive into these five emotional phases of writing. Dana defines each phase and how authors often fluidly move between them all. Then Dana and Amy each share their personal experiences of each phase and offer advice to authors at his stage.

It’s a jam-packed episode, all in under 25 minutes!

The Emotional Phases of Writing:

  1. Delusion Confiendence
  2. I Know Nothing
  3. Maybe I Got This
  4. Imposter Syndrome
  5. I Definitely Got This

Craft Books:

  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
  • Method Acting for Writers by Lisa Hall-Wilson
  • Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
  • Anatomy of Prose by Sacha Black

Recommended Podcasts:

  • The Shit No One Tells You About Writing
  • Badass Writers with Kathleen Fox
  • Fiction Writing Made Easy with Samantha Guthrie

My Heart is Hurting by S.E. Reed’s Book Trailer

You can follow Amy at, on Twitter @AmyNielsen06 on IG @authoramynielsen and facebook @MayflowerMedia

You can follow Dana at, on Twitter @DHawkinsAuthor.

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