What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want?

What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want?

What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want? A career in creative writing has a built-in perception that writers are starving. Most writers aren't writing for the money. They don't wake up one morning and say, "I want to make a ton of money writing." It's certainly not impossible to do, but we've been led to believe that starving writers are the norm. The same goes for artists of other arenas. Many of us got into writing because we felt compelled to share stories. Whether those stories are about our own lives and experiences or about characters and plots we've created, we are driven by a compulsion to share stories. Even if we're writing for the money, we're still writing because we feel compelled to do so. And it's not news to any writer that it takes a lot of hard work to achieve our dreams and goals. But before we get hung up on that idea, we need to remember that the same...
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5 Simple Ways to Cut Out Procrastination From Your Writing Life

5 Simple Ways to Cut Out Procrastination From Your Writing Life

5 Simple Ways to Cut Out Procrastination From Your Writing Life Got a writing project to work on? Are you working on it? Or are you procrastinating? If you're procrastinating, welcome to the club. A ton of us are having a huge party over here, and we're having fun not writing. Because, well, you already know… writing can be painful sometimes, especially when the words aren't coming out just right or when the writing sounds terrible after a day or two. It's much easier to procrastinate. But, of course, writing goals and procrastination don't mix. We can't achieve our writing goals if we procrastinate all the time. We have to spend time getting words on the page. So, what is a writer to do about procrastination? Here are some simple ways to cut out procrastination from your writing life… 1. Scheduling It's not procrastination if you schedule it. It's something that you include when you map out your day or week and it becomes a task on...
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12 Books On Creative Writing That Every Novelist Should Read

12 Books On Creative Writing That Every Novelist Should Read

12 Books On Creative Writing That Every Novelist Should Read Writing takes a lot of study and practice. And reading about the writing craft is a necessity for writers who are serious about their writing work. But how do you sift through the hundreds of books on creative writing? And how do you know what to buy if you're just starting out? If you're looking for writing reference books to help you fine-tune your craft, here are ten books to get you started. This list contains books on creative writing that every novelist should read. Or better yet, read and have on his shelf. This is not an exhaustive list. There are many other great books on creative writing which I urge you to check out. But to start out, here are some of my favorites… 12 Books On Creative Writing That Every Novelist Should Read The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know About Creating & Selling Your Work by the Editors of...
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