Tag: writing advice

Your First Novel—Keep Trying, or Give It Up & Move On?

Filed in The Writing Life by on February 27, 2014 2 Comments • views: 826
Your First Novel—Keep Trying, or Give It Up & Move On?

Author and visionary Steven Pressfield recently addressed a question from a hardworking writer. (Read the entire post here.) In essence, the question was: “When do you know if you need to return to a project and polish or start anew?” The writer had put years into his first novel, seeking feedback and making changes, and […]

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Writing from Experience: Using Your Body to Improve Your Story

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 7, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1754
Writing from Experience: Using Your Body to Improve Your Story

Guest post by Steve Mitchell and Carol Roan Writing is more than something that happens in our heads. The experiences we draw upon in order to write exist in every part of our selves. When our writing is not going well, when we’re blocked, lots of thoughts are running around in our heads (all of […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Kerrie Flanagan

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 19, 2015 4 Comments • views: 986
Featured Writer on Wellness: Kerrie Flanagan

The biggest physical challenge for me as a writer, is neck and back pain. I find when I get immersed in my writing I don’t realize how much time has passed. Sometimes it can be a few hours. I know this is not good for my body and once I stand up after a long […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jennifer Hotes

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 26, 2015 4 Comments • views: 1032
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jennifer Hotes

For me it was weight gain. With deadlines looming, I gave up my morning runs to fit in more work. This took a toll on my health and well being. It took me until recently to reclaim my physical health. I always, ALWAYS fit in a run or walk before I write. Yes, there are […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Todd Mitchell

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 26, 2015 2 Comments • views: 816
Featured Writer on Wellness: Todd Mitchell

Time is the biggest challenge I face. Oddly enough, I often feel like I have too little and too much time. The reason is this: I need large blocks of time (90 minutes or more) to get into the proper mental space for good writing to happen. But instead, I have all these little chunks […]

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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: 2051
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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Can Ambitious Writers Be Happy, Too?

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on November 9, 2015 12 Comments • views: 1991
Can Ambitious Writers Be Happy, Too?

My mom raises goats. She enjoys most parts of the process, but there are a few things that get her frustrated. One of the biggest ones is when one of her goats gets out of the field. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s usually because of one thing—the misbehaving goat is convinced […]

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10 Fun Ways to Destroy Your Writing Comfort Zone

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10 Fun Ways to Destroy Your Writing Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are…comfortable, but they rarely lead you to success in any field, particularly not in writing. Actor Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) is quoted as saying, “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” Yet comfort zones are so alluring! […]

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25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 5, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1660
25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

1. Writing means writing when you don’t feel like it. Otherwise you never get anything done. 2. Getting published won’t change your life like you think it will, but it will bring you a satisfying sense of accomplishment. 3. Most of the writing you do will be crap, and that’s okay—it’s the only way to […]

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5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 8, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1610
5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

How often have you, as a writer, called your book your “baby?” A lot of us do it, because we put so much of ourselves into our work. We talk about “conceiving” ideas, “incubating” plotlines, and “birthing” our stories when the time is right. Nothing compares to having a real child, but writing and publishing […]

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Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on June 5, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1335
Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

I saw part of an original Star Trek episode the other day that got me thinking about our “dark sides.” It’s the episode where a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two people. Called “The Enemy Within,” it follows the story of the two as they display unique characteristics. Seems there is a “good” Kirk […]

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How to Rephrase Your Self Talk to Boost Your Writer’s Confidence

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on June 13, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1391
How to Rephrase Your Self Talk to Boost Your Writer’s Confidence

We all know that negative self-talk can be destructive. Most of us are much meaner to ourselves than we ever would be to a friend. When a story is rejected we privately bash our own writing ability. When we fail to stick with our writing commitments, we bemoan our own lack of discipline. “You’re so […]

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