Online Newsletter – October 2017

Online Newsletter – October 2017

Online Newsletter - October 2017 Feature Article - Don't Give Up!   Being a writer is hard. Sitting down to write when we have thread-bare confidence in our writing abilities is a challenge. When the self-doubt settles in and no matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to think of anything intelligent to write about or intelligent ways to express our thoughts or stories, it can get discouraging.   But hang in there.   One of the main reasons why we struggle so much is that we just lack confidence in our abilities. Gaining confidence though is relatively easy. I talk a lot about studying the craft of writing. And I do that because of how much it has impacted my ability to write.   I’ve been a writer since the fourth grade. But it wasn’t until recently that I started feeling more confident about my novel writing abilities. There’s a special talent one must possess to be a great storyteller. And thankfully, that talent can be learned....
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How to Build a Solid Foundation So You Can Edit As You Write the First Draft

How to Build a Solid Foundation So You Can Edit As You Write the First Draft

How to Build a Solid Foundation So You Can Edit As You Write the First Draft One big question writers have is, how can they write a solid first draft? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could write a solid draft on the first try? It would save us countless hours on revisions and we wouldn’t have to spend so much time going over our work again and again and again and… Writing a novel is work. And sometimes the story needs to sit for a while and other times we need to rewrite the whole thing. It can get frustrating and even boring, especially when we’ve read it countless times. We’re basically reading the same novel over and over with no reward in sight of starting a new story. It gets old. If there was a way to shorten the process, writers would be all over it. Well, the skeptics wouldn’t be – they’d be too busy picking apart the process and telling...
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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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