As we express our gratitude,we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where we’re filled… More
I’ve certainly been there. A way to overcome the guilt may be to document it. Write a paragraph about what the guilt feels like…thoughts…etc. That may be good stuff to use when writing a character for a scene, and it’s being productive.
This is excellent advice! Being a part of a critique group or just bouncing ideas across other writers can give beneficial feedback.
The best and most efficient way to improve your writing is….
To help others with theirs.
This may feel counterintuitive if your life looks anything like mine (busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep). However, I believe that helping other writers only makes YOU a better writer.
I recently participated in a workshop for a short story anthology I submitted a story to. The workshop was a month long and every week we had to read two stories and critique them. Through that month, I became a better critiquer AND I think I became a better writer. Why?
It certainly wasn’t because I was editing all the time. It was because I was seeing errors that others made that I recognized! Because I do the same thing!
When I read, I can be guilty of what I’ll call ‘final draft syndrome.’ That means…
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Some tips are so good, they bear repeating…
Ever have a great scene in your head, but when you write it all down, it seems flat? I’ve certainly been there. It can be frustrating to visualize everything, and even come up with a bunch of eloquent words that do absolutely nothing for the story.
A writer can show and tell all they want. But when a story feels dull, chances are the book will be placed on a shelf or table to collect dust. I certainly don’t want that. So I enlisted the trusty assistance of Google to help me figure out how to improve my scene.
Lucky enough, I found
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Taking care of our physical and mental well-being is an essential piece of our writing progress.
Rest and relaxation are things that we know we need, but sometimes “life” takes hold and we have to put it off. For writers, this can be further complicated with extra work hours, kid’s activities, and to-do lists that interfere with our writing time. So fitting in relaxation is like parallel parking in the tightest space. Both can be done, but could be difficult without effort and determination (and maybe a stroke of luck).
Mental Health America and Psychology Today emphasize the importance of rest and relaxation on the mind and body. When the brain’s maxed out, it affects cognition which is the mental ability to understand and process information. From a physical standpoint, when the body’s worn the amount of energy to complete tasks is limited or near non-existent. If a writer can’t think
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When you see bestsellers on the bookstore shelf, you might be inclined to think that the authors have led charmed lives or possess superhuman writing talent in order to get published and make mega-sales. But the truth is, many best-selling authors have had to fight their way up from the bottom. So if the thought of getting another rejection letter has you feeling discouraged, let these “overnight success stories” keep you inspired—and writing!
J.K. Rowling: Rags To Riches
Rowling’s story is well-known by now—when she started writing Harry Potter, she was scribbling on newspapers because she couldn’t afford
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As a writer, you’re constantly honing your craft—reading widely, seeking feedback, and considering the constructive criticism of others. Part of this process is learning how to recognize your own writing strengths. But it’s not always easy to judge yourself objectively, so Writer’s Relief has put together five ways to recognize the areas in which you truly shine:
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