Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette Hanscome

Hello, from Jeanette! First, let me say how much I appreciate everyone who reads this blog. Your comments always encourage me.

I have been writing for over fifteen years. I have three published books and hundreds of published articles, teach writing workshops and lead a critique group. Yet one afternoon last week I took a break from writing so I could listen to a Fiction 101 workshop on CD. Why not a more advance workshop? Because after a season of fighting an overloaded or completely frozen brain, I felt like I needed a refresher. I had set my fiction project aside for most of the summer and suddenly didn’t know where to pick it up again. So I pulled out CD No. 1 of a beginning-level workshop and stuck it in my laptop. I’ll confess that I wondered at first if I was wasting valuable time listening to a workshop for novice novelists. But at that moment I felt kind of like a beginner again. So I listened and took notes and ended that hour feeling like I’d received a mental booster shot. Will I listen to CD #2 next? I don’t know. I just know that I needed CD No. 1 to get me back into the fiction-writing groove.

As we are growing and advancing in our careers I believe that we benefit from occasionally revisiting the basics of the craft. I benefitted by rediscovering the joy of writing great stories. I also discovered a missing piece in my work-in-progress—I didn’t know what my main character’s desire was! Now I do.

If you are in a dry season, are returning to writing after a break or a difficult time, or just need a little kick start, try dusting off a beginner-level conference workshops or favorite writing book. If nothing else it’ll remind you have far you’ve come as a writer and why you love what you do. It also might open your eyes to sloppy habits or help you solve a frustrating problem in your story. Or maybe you’ve discovered another benefit to returning to the basics. I’d love to hear about them!

About Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette Hanscome is the author of four books and over 400 articles, devotionals, and stories for both teens and adults. Her recent work includes a story for Guideposts magazine, a chapter in Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts, and the short story Gifts, Volume 12 in the 12 Days of Christmas series. Her newest book, Running with Roselle, was co-written with blind 9/11 survivor and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Hingson. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette offers services as a freelance content editor and writing coach, and enjoys teaching writers. Jeanette lives in the Bay Area and feels blessed to be the mom of two amazing sons.

3 Thoughts on “Refresher Course

  1. Thank you Jeanette for your honesty and tips! I think you are right, never think we know it all 🙂

  2. I agree with your idea.You look like very talented.It is very happy to meet you. Thank you!

  3. Don’t know the author wrote this article in the first place is what, but I’d agree with your views

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