Writer’s Block – The Annoying ‘Thing’ That Keeps Me From Writing

Writer’s Block – The Annoying ‘Thing’ That Keeps Me From Writing

Writer's Block - The Annoying 'Thing' That Keeps Me From Writing Over the years, I've struggled to tell myself that writer's block doesn't exist. It's just a lame excuse that keeps me and other writers from doing what we do (or er...don't do) best. My philosophy behind this is, if I don't believe it exists, then it won't be an issue for me. And that worked beautifully... …up until I made it past the halfway point of my current work-in-progress (WIP). There was so much tension between the characters. It started with just two characters. Then it led to three. And now it's all four of my main characters. It was getting hard to focus. When it's a challenge to determine how a character would react (i.e., facial expression, hand movements/gestures, internal/physiological reactions, etc.), it's easy to get bogged down. When I write emotionally charged scenes, I have to visualize it. I have to get inside the character's head and see and feel what he...
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Cut Deadline Overwhelm with These Simple Steps

Cut Deadline Overwhelm with These Simple Steps

Cut Deadline Overwhelm with These Simple Steps Got deadline overwhelm? When you need to complete a project on a tight deadline or when you're running late and out of time, getting the work done can seem nearly impossible. You can't imagine how you're ever going to complete the work in time. It can also be really stressful. It doesn't matter if the deadline is self-imposed or issued by someone else. Sometimes our own personal deadlines can seem unrealistic once we get started. But surely, it can be done.   With just a few steps, you can turn a seemingly impossible project into a doable one. Here's how to beat deadline overwhelm: Map out your project. When you break a large project into small tasks, suddenly the project doesn't seem so daunting. You start to think it really is possible to complete the work on time. Instead of thinking of a big project and how little time you have to complete it, divide out the work per day. For instance,...
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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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