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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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How to Supercharge Your Novel by Infusing It with Color and Sounds

Editor’s note: Today’s post is a guest post by C. S. Lakin, a multipublished best-selling novelist and writing coach. She works full-time as a copyeditor and critiques about two hundred manuscripts a year. She teaches writing workshops and gives instruction on her award-winning blog Live Write Thrive. Her new book—Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing—is designed to help writers learn the secrets of cinematic technique. You can buy it here in print and as an ebook.

The famous writing instructor Sol Stein said in his book Stein on Writing: “Readers, transformed by film and TV, are used to seeing stories. The reading experience . . . is increasingly visual.”

How to Supercharge Your Novel

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9 Tips on How to Tell the Scariest Story Ever (Halloween or Any Time)

I got a call from a friend a couple days ago, and he wanted to know how to tell a story that would scare the heck out of a few friends who were coming over to his place for Halloween.

“No problem.” I told him. “I’ve got the perfect advice for telling a spine-chilling story. We’ll get ‘em good and scared.” He came over a few hours later and I proceeded to horrify him with a story of my own…

How to tell a very scary story.

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2 Insanely Simple Steps For Becoming A REAL Writer

Do you want to write? Silly question, of course you do. You long to write. You dream of it. You crave words like chocolate. You’re 100% dedicated to your craft.

However, you’re not actually writing these days. Maybe you’re still researching your subject matter. Or, you want to wait until your kids are older. You might plan to write full-time after retirement, when you have more time and money.

The Desire To Write

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What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt

Drumroll please, and the winner of the “Writer’s Doubt” writing contest is: “What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt” by Christine, author of the blog, Better Novel Project. Join me in congratulating Christine in the comments and enjoy her post below, it’s an outstanding tribute to the creative spirit and overcoming Writer’s Doubt.

When there’s a giant obstacle blocking me from my desk chair, it’s always the same question: Why did I think I could be a writer?

Writer Genius Overcoming Doubt

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The Monster in Every Writer’s Head

Note: This post is the 2nd place winner in the “Writer’s Doubt” writing contest, “The Monster in Every Writer’s Head” by blogger, Liwen Ho of 2 Square 2 Be Hip. *Warning* This is the type of post you’re going to want to save and read again and again. Trust me, it’s sneaky good like that. Join me in congratulating Liwen in the comments.

You know how under every kid’s bed is a monster?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. In every writer’s head exists a monster, too…


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