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The Writer’s Rejection: Adding Insult to Injury (Inspiration & Fun Quiz!)

Note: This is a guest post by Karen Sargent. Karen anxiously awaits the release of her debut novel Waiting for Butterflies (Walrus, 2017). Visit Karen at Karen Sargent Books and at her blog.

The good ol’ rejection letter. At its best, a rejection tells us we’re close but not quite—so we keep trying. At its worst, rejection forces us into a cavernous pit of humiliation and defeat, and we vow to never write again. (Until the next day, that is.)

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Struggling to Write Doesn’t Mean You’re Not a ‘Writer’

Note: This is a guest post by Dargan Thompson, a freelance writer, editor and writing consultant who loves helping writers shape their words, find their voice and focus their message. Find her online at her website or on Twitter @darganthompson.

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Win an Autographed Copy of “Writing for the Soul” by Jerry B. Jenkins (2x)

Back in January, I had the privilege of interviewing Jerry B. Jenkins for Positive Writer. After the interview, I asked if he wouldn’t mind sending me a signed copy of his book Writing for the Soul. Well, guess what...

Jerry sent me an autographed copy of his awesome book on writing, but he didn’t stop there! No, when I opened the heavier than expected package I discovered that he included two more signed hardbacks for Positive Writer readers, and now I get to give them away to two lucky readers.

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The Best Advice I Ever Received on Writing (and it Might be the Best for YOU too!)

For the love of your writing and your sanity, stop taking the advice from the know-it-all’s as gospel.

Seriously, that’s the best advice I’ve ever received and I’m willing to bet, at least by the end of this post, you’ll agree it really is the best advice for all of us.

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Platform Schmatform! Writing Success Without the Stress

Note: This is a guest post by Mike Loomis. Mike helps people launch their dream projects and books. He’s a strategic partner to entrepreneurs, authors, publishers, and nonprofits. Mike is the author of Your Brand Is Calling. He and his wife live in the mountains of Coloradowww.MikeLoomis.CO

Are you stressed about growing your platform? (Your email list and the number of followers on social media) More like obsessed, right?

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The Most Crippling Issue for Writers (and How to Beat it!)

Since starting Positive Writer and publishing Writer’s Doubt, I’ve received thousands of emails from readers from all over the world asking for more guidance and specific writing exercises they can do to beat the living hell out of their fears and doubts.

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The emails have also proven to be tremendously beneficial, in that I’ve learned firsthand from fellow writers in the trenches just how much, and why, their fears and doubts were crippling them, but the #1 most consistent and crippling issue was something so obvious, and yet, we all seem to underestimate it.

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My Writing Was CRUSHED BY A CHEESEBURGER

Today I am presenting the 1st place winner of the Writers Crushing Doubt Writing Contest, “Crushed by a Cheeseburger” by Lisa Sell. This is a delightful essay with a wonderful twist at the end. It’s a must read. Join me in congratulating Lisa in the comments. Stay tuned for the next contest and be sure to check out Writers Crushing Doubt!

On to the 1st Place Winning essay…

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What I Am Most Scared About In Publishing my Writing (JUMP!)

Today I am presenting the 2nd place winner of the Writers Crushing Doubt Writing Contest, “Jump” by Jay Amour. This is a brilliant essay in the most real way. You’ll have to read it to “get it.” It’s worth it. Join me in congratulating Jay in the comments. Stay tuned for the next winner.

On to the winning essay…

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Writing Is A Funny Thing – Silencing The Inner Critic

Today I begin presenting the winners of the Writers Crushing Doubt Writing Contest with 3rd place, “How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt” by Sue Stevenson. This is a excellent essay, and it’s very inspiring for anyone dealing with doubts about their creativity and writing. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Choosing the winners was very challenging. Over the following few days I will be posting all of the winning entries. Stay tuned, and help me congratulate Sue in the comments.

On to the winning essay…

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Be Ambitious! Here’s How To Go After Your Dream

You’re an ambitious person, aren’t you? I hope you are. Me too. We have dreams, desires, and goals, and we want to go after them. However, going after them isn’t enough, we want to attain them! Don’t we? Damn right we do!

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