Beating Writer’s Block

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Good morning! As some of you may remember from my last post, I covered a few tricks I’ve learned to use in dealing with writer’s burnout. Many of those same tricks can be used to combat writer’s block. Writer’s block is, simply put, the inability to think of what to write. It’s also something I don’t believe in. I know my last statement will probably get me yelled at, but many others I’ve met always have ideas of some sort … Read More »

Reverse Engineering Negative Reviews

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Good morning everyone! We’ve all had a negative review of some kind, whether it was on our finished work or just a critique. They hurt, sting, and really suck when we first get them, but what about after that? Everywhere you look online we can see blogs and articles about the pitfalls of receiving a negative review. The most common bits of advice are to ignore them and suck it up and move on, and, most importantly, never respond back. … Read More »

Starting Small

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Good morning everyone! Remember the old saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day?” At no point is that truer than when you’re building a career or business. As writers, we often have grand ideas of what our first book will hold. I’m sure all of us have thought about waking up the morning after being published and hoped to see a couple hundred thousand or more sales. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big, after all, if we don’t dream big … Read More »

Sifting for Gold

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Good morning everyone! One of the blessings of being writers in this day and age is social media and the easy ability to find information with a few clicks on the keyboard or pad. The funny thing is, that can also lead to some interesting things as well. A perfect example are the “How to write” blogs. While they all share some important and fantastic information, they can also share thoughts and opinions as facts. There’s nothing wrong with that, … Read More »

Is Reading Comprehension a Lost Art?

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Good morning everyone Remember how the teachers in school used to hound us about reading comprehension and how we needed it in the “real world”? I admit that for me, it was something I didn’t really think about for years. If the instructions said, “Put tab A into slot B,” I did it. It never seemed all the complicated to me. What was problematic was how I’d choose what to pay attention to. In school, I’d listen to the teachers … Read More »

The Art of World Building

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Good morning everyone! Today I thought I’d change direction and talk about one of the things that I hear a lot about in the various writing groups I’m in: The Art of World Building. My thinking is there are two ways to go about it: Ease the reader into the world, or throw it all at them. Sounds pretty simple, but what do I mean? Well, that’s simple, kinda. When we sit down to write, we usually have the world … Read More »

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