When Writing Is Hard

Why Writers Need to Fail on a Regular Basis

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on August 24, 2015 10 Comments • views: 1535
Why Writers Need to Fail on a Regular Basis

My older brother and I really enjoyed roller-skating when we were young kids (around seven to ten). We were lucky enough to have a nice rink in our town, and a mom who was willing to invest in opportunities for us. We both took lessons, but because we were three years apart in age, we […]

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Get Out of the “Serious Writer” Trap with 10 Ways to Laugh

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on July 28, 2015 9 Comments • views: 1929
Get Out of the “Serious Writer” Trap with 10 Ways to Laugh

My mom has a great sense of humor. She can find a laugh in just about every situation. Rarely do I spend a day with her, or even have a conversation with her, that she doesn’t get me laughing about one thing or another. What a blessing that is. I wish I could be more […]

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10 Ways to Kick Writer’s Guilt to the Curb

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on July 21, 2015 11 Comments • views: 2599
10 Ways to Kick Writer’s Guilt to the Curb

Writers are at war. We fight the battle every day between writing and the rest of our lives. Sometimes writing wins. Sometimes life wins. Either way, we feel guilty. The emotion is so common in the writer’s world that “writer’s guilt” is a real term, defined by fantasy writer Victoria Grefer as “feeling that you’re […]

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Why Writers Need to Think Big

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on May 19, 2015 12 Comments • views: 2228
Why Writers Need to Think Big

Are you thinking too small? Are you cheating yourself out of your dreams because you’ve become too accustomed to things as they are? We all get into our lives and our routines. With so much going on, we don’t even realize that our thinking has gradually diminished to the point where we see nothing but […]

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If You’re an Unhappy Writer, Should You Quit?

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on April 7, 2015 6 Comments • views: 2217
If You’re an Unhappy Writer, Should You Quit?

Ask most writers what they really want, what they dream about, and you’ll probably get some variation of the SWD—Standard Writer’s Dream. It usually includes a book on the bestseller’s list, an interview with a talk show host, a whirlwind signing tour, and enough money to be able to write the next book without having […]

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Overcome the Writing Blahs: 7 Ways to Make Yourself Irresistible to the Muse

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on March 10, 2015 10 Comments • views: 1519
Overcome the Writing Blahs: 7 Ways to Make Yourself Irresistible to the Muse

Do you feel blocked lately, sapped of ideas, or like your project has stalled? When you sit down to work, do you sigh deeply and resort to eating chocolates until your writing time is over? In other words, has it been awhile since the muse graced your doorstep? If so, it’s time to woo her […]

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The Surprising Reason You’re Already Failing at Your New Year’s Resolutions

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 24, 2015 4 Comments • views: 762
The Surprising Reason You’re Already Failing at Your New Year’s Resolutions

How’s it going with those New Year’s resolutions? Are you still working on them? Odds are, you aren’t—or it won’t be long before you forget about them. A study from the University of Scranton reported that just eight percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions. If this is happening to you already, relax—you’re […]

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Rejection, Reviews, Regret—5 Cures for a Writer’s Broken Heart

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 10, 2015 2 Comments • views: 2414
Rejection, Reviews, Regret—5 Cures for a Writer’s Broken Heart

When another human leaves your heart in an billion pieces, people get it. Friends are happy to help fuel a nice big bonfire, mostly with the ex’s photos. Family members reveal everything they didn’t like about the person to begin with. “You can find much better,” they assure you. But when writing breaks your heart, […]

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When Fear Doesn’t Go Away—How to Continue Creating

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 27, 2015 6 Comments • views: 1236
When Fear Doesn’t Go Away—How to Continue Creating

How are we as creative people to handle the fear and keep creating anyway?

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7 Ways to Beat the Winter Writing Blues

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on December 9, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1153
7 Ways to Beat the Winter Writing Blues

Are you feeling it? You’re dragging yourself through your workday. You’re dreading your exercise routines. You’re sleeping in on weekends until noon. And you’ve got a deadly craving for frosted brownies. Worst of all, you’re writing has slowed down. Maybe you’re struggling more than you were only a few weeks ago. Maybe you’re even blocked, […]

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What to Do When You Doubt Yourself

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 25, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1227
What to Do When You Doubt Yourself

Interviewer: You’ve acknowledged that as writers, we all have moments when we think what we’re working on is crap. Author Harlan Coben (Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight): Always. Every writer has that, if they’re worth anything. I don’t think it matters if you’re a writer, musician, new mom, or entrepreneur. If you’re following your […]

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Facing the Truth About Your WIP: Advice from Rocky III

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on September 16, 2014 5 Comments • views: 2424
Facing the Truth About Your WIP: Advice from Rocky III

What does a writer feel when tackling a new project? Excitement? Yep, I’m feeling that. Challenge? Definitely, in a good way. Enjoyment? Absolutely—really taking my time with this work and loving it. But there’s something else that’s a little harder to admit to. It’s different for me this time around than it was for my […]

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