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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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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Ever hear the saying “you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression“? This age-old advice applies to just about anything – books included. So to hook the reader, the opening has to be attention-grabbing, and the momentum of interest should continue throughout the story.
In part two of Manuela Williams’ series From Slush Pile to Editor’s Desk, an editor’s perspective on building urgency is given.
While you can’t predict exactly what an editor will or will not like, there are a couple things you can do to ensure that your story has a fighting chance when you submit it to a literary magazine (and won’t cause anyone to scream and/or tear their hair out in frustration).
This is PART 2 of a multi-post series. For PART 1, click here.
Build Urgency From The Beginning
Lack of urgency is the number one reason why I turn down stories. The prose might be beautiful, but I can’t be sold on that alone. Your story needs to open with a bang and keep me hooked from sentence one.
If your story starts out with two characters discussing the weather, then I probably won’t read on (unless they’re talking about sharknados). Another pet peeve of mine: when a story starts off with a description of scenery. While this can…
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In part one of Manuela Williams’ series From Slush Pile to Editor’s Desk, an editor provides helpful observations to make our stories unique.
Let’s say you’re the editor of a literary magazine. You have ten submissions to review before lunch, a looming press deadline and, on top of everything else, a full time job. What kind of stories do you want to read? The ones with typos, poor formatting, and a nonexistent plot? Or the ones with a compelling beginning, memorable characters, and prose that shines?
Simply put, editors are busy people. From managing the business side of their magazines to reviewing submissions, they have a lot on their plates. As a writer, your job is to make the editor forget about everything but your story.
While you can’t predict exactly what an editor will or will not like, there are a couple things you can do to ensure that your story has a fighting chance when you submit to a literary magazine (and won’t cause anyone to scream and/or tear their hair…
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