Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter - November 2017 Feature Article - Get Inspired! Do you struggle with feeling inspired? Are you frustrated because you can’t seem to think of anything interesting or creative to write about? Finding inspiration depends on you. Before you get discouraged, let me explain. We can find inspiration just about anywhere. Ideas are right there waiting for us to acknowledge them. But if we look around and we don’t feel inspired, there’s a good chance our frustration is keeping us from seeing the ideas around us. Maybe we have judgments about where we live or the jobs we have. Maybe we feel exhausted because we’ve spread ourselves too thin. Maybe we’re frustrated because we’re not able to spend the time we want on writing. Whatever it is, it’s causing a block if we fail to feel inspired despite our efforts. The thing about inspiration is that it can come to us at different times. Maybe one day we watch a movie that we fall in...
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3 Reasons Writers Aren’t Taking Their Novel Writing Projects Seriously

3 Reasons Writers Aren’t Taking Their Novel Writing Projects Seriously

3 Reasons Writers Aren't Taking Their Novel Writing Projects Seriously Not enthusiastic about your current work-in-progress? Have you ever set aside novel writing projects because they bored you to tears? Writing a novel is a long-term project and a huge commitment. Not only do we spend countless hours writing the thing, but we also spend more hours editing it and then marketing it. With all of the time it takes to produce a publishable manuscript, we have to love it. If we’re not in it for the long haul, all of our work and efforts will be for nothing. We’ll give up and set it aside. Some writers even quit writing altogether. So, what can we do to make sure we’re working on writing projects we love? We can do it by avoiding these reasons for why writers aren't taking their novel writing projects seriously… 1. Writing for the market. There’s nothing wrong with writing for the market, per se, but attempting to write a novel simply...
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Do You Need to Lower Your Standards So You Can Write More?

Do You Need to Lower Your Standards So You Can Write More?

Do You Need to Lower Your Standards So You Can Write More? What an interesting concept: lower your standards so you can write more. I can't remember the article I read or which author it was about, but the idea was that if you want to publish a ton of books, you need to lower your standards. So many inner critics stand in the way of us getting a decent book out to readers. They convince us that our novels need to be perfect before they can see the light of day. Pair that with the competitive publishing industry and it's any wonder anybody actually gets through to print with a traditional publisher. But somebody has to. I've read several young adult novels by debut authors recently, and obviously, they got through. There's a lot of work involved in writing a novel. That's no secret. If you're working on your first novel, or even your fifth novel, it's going to take time to fine-tune...
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