Self-Doubt Got You Down? Here’s A Helpful Little Tip for Writers

Self-Doubt Got You Down? Here’s A Helpful Little Tip for Writers

Self-Doubt Got You Down? Here's A Helpful Little Tip for Writers Oh, self-doubt, how I loathe you. Do you struggle with self-doubt? Do you worry that people won't like what you write? That people will think your story is stupid, low-grade, or juvenile? Do you worry that the plot or the characters need more work? Do you sit down to write and then have a voice inside your head that tells you it's not worth the bother? Self-doubt is common in any profession, and it runs rampant in the writing field. So many writers have set aside their writing because they didn't think it was good enough to keep working at it. I've been there. I have incomplete novels that need so much work that I think they're unsalvageable without some major plot fixes and a full rewrite. It's ok to doubt your work because that helps you make it better. But you have to be willing to trust that you are fully capable...
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How to Get Unstuck & Get Back to Writing Your Novel

How to Get Unstuck & Get Back to Writing Your Novel

How to Get Unstuck & Get Back to Writing Your Novel Many writers are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this month. Instead of writing a new novel this month, I'm just working on finishing the first draft of my current work-in-progress, a young adult novel. I'm getting really close to the finish line and hope I can knock this thing out by the end of the month! Then I'll be working on edits. But in the process, I've had many instances where I just couldn't come up with the words. I'd get to a certain plot point or a particular scene and then the story would come to a crashing halt. Has this happened to you, too? How do you get unstuck so you can get back to writing your novel? Every time this happened to me, I'd end up setting the writing aside for a varied length of time, and then when I'd try to get back into it, I didn't...
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The Incredible Power of Getting Our Thoughts Down With Journal Writing

The Incredible Power of Getting Our Thoughts Down With Journal Writing

The Incredible Power of Getting Our Thoughts Down With Journal Writing Journal writing so easily gets brushed off as a lame activity. Why on earth would you want to risk letting your thoughts be read by someone else? Or maybe writing isn't your forte and the thought of writing makes you cringe. Or maybe you've been journaling for a while and just need a reminder to keep going. Whatever the case may be, I urge you to consider the benefits we can gain from journal writing. So, what are the benefits of journal writing? There is a lot we can learn about ourselves and our work through the process of getting our thoughts down. When we release our thoughts onto paper or through the keyboard, it allows us to remove the layers and uncover other thoughts and ideas we didn't know we had. If you feel stuck or need direction, getting your thoughts out can help you clarify where you need to go. Whether...
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