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Surviving Criticism without Losing Confidence in Your Writing

When it happens, you feel like the flesh has been ripped from your body, leaving your heart exposed, helpless and raw. Shame courses through your veins. You question your talents as a writer. You wonder if you should start over, or quit altogether. The only detail you’re quite sure of is how wounded you feel.

The nightmare experience I’m describing is…

How to deal with criticism.

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Why No One Is Paying Attention To You (And How to Change It)

Everyone wants to know how to get more attention for their work, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes. The question you have to ask yourself is a simple one, and yet, it’s profound and can change everything. Are you willing to do what it takes?

If yes, continue. If no, then stop reading now.

get noticed

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Nominate the Best Writing Blogs for 2015

I need YOUR help!

Last year I started the year off right by listing the 25 Top Writing Blogs, and I’m going to do it again in 2015. This time I’d like your help with choosing the best blogs. I’m also going to expand the list to the Top 50.

How can you help? I’m glad you asked….

Nominate your favorite writing blog for 2015!

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Why You Need To Do Something Stupid (To Succeed As An Artist)

Too many of us stop before we get started. So we tend to believe it’s the starting that is the hardest part of, well, getting started. But it’s not. Not by a long shot.

Anything worth doing always seems stupid at first.

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Two Kinds of Scared Writers (and How to Overcome the Fear)

Note: This is a guest post by Harrison Demchick. Harrison came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than fifty published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. Also an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners, he’s accepting new clients in fiction and memoir at Ambitious Enterprises. Join him on Facebook.

Let’s admit it: We’re all a little bit scared of the writing and publishing process. Especially if we’ve never done it before. We feel it as we stare at the blank page, or as we hit the send button on that first e-mail to an agent or publisher, or as we wait for the first review to pop up on Amazon.

It’s okay to admit that. Because we all feel it. And we’re not alone.

Have no fear of writing.

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7 Distractions Stopping You From Writing (and How to Beat Them!)

Whether you are a professional, doing it alongside a day job, or it’s simply a hobby, you write because you feel a compulsion. It’s a passion, a calling, a process that brings you to life and helps you make sense of the world.

But simply loving something doesn’t make it easy to do…

How to overcome your writing distractions...

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The Audacity to be a Writer

You’re a writer. An artist.

You write about things that matter to you and I’m sure you hope those things will matter to others, but even if they don’t you’re still going to do the work.

That’s what artists do. It’s remarkable. But it’s more than that…

The audacity to be a writer!

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4 Pieces of Well-meaning Writing Advice to Beware of!

Writers get well-meaning advice all the time. Whether you’re a poet, a novelist, a business writer, or the editor of the New York Times, there will always be people telling you how to do what you do, but this way. Their way.

Should you always listen? Good question…

Crazy Writing Advice

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36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you have days like that, too?

The challenge is to put our butts in our chairs and write anyway – good, bad or ugly, come rain or shine. It’s easier said than done. Right?

Well, let’s work on that…


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The Secret to Taylor Swift’s Success as a Writer (It’s Yours, Too!)

In an age when music stars are seeking our attention with the way they (barely) dress and with shocking antics, there comes along a refreshing singer- songwriter who refuses to conform to sensationalism.

So what is the secret to Taylor Swift’s success? What makes her different?

The Secret to Taylor Swift's Success

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