Monthly Archives: September 2016

Motivate Me

Almost every writer I know has struggled at one point with motivation. Even rereading that word sends a shiver down my spine. The dreaded demotivation has caused many a writer to bang their heads against the wall in frustration. What do you do when you feel your livelihood is at stake and the words don’t come? Well my fellow writers, fear not! Here are some tips and tricks on working your way through the sea of demotivation and into the land of productivity.

As always, here is a link to an expert with lots to say on this subject.

http://writetodone.com/motivation-tips-that-actually-work-6-sure-fire-ways-to-get-writing-and-keep-writing/

Don’t forget to comment below!

Quotes, Quotes, and ….. Quotes!

So, I wanted to take some time and share some writing advice from great (my opinion) authors.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

– Toni Morrison

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekov

“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” — Zadie Smith

“Always carry a note-book. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.” — Will Self

“Listen to the criticisms and preferences of your trusted ‘first readers.'” — Rose Tremain

“The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.” — Jonathan Franzen

“Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.” — Elmore Leonard

“The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying ‘Faire et se taire’ (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’” — Helen Simpson

 “In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.” — Rose Tremain

 

What is your favorite? Do you have other favorite quotes? Comment below!

Self-Publishing: Nightmare or God Send?

Some writers tend to freak out when they hear these words: Self-publishing. Honestly, self-publishing seems like a huge feat for any writer, but it is actually easier than it sounds. Don’t mistake me, it does take a lot of work and time to put together a project like this and publish it on your own. But it is doable. In fact, many self-published books and projects are quite successful.

There are a few different reasons to take the self-publishing route. One being that some writers do not want to deal with getting an agent, finding a publishing company, and dealing with the steps to publish through them. Others like to be able to make all of their own decisions through the whole process, where if you are working with a publishing company there are certain things they decide on themselves. Others just enjoy the process of self-publishing their books and wouldn’t give it up any day.

Here is a blog post by Nathan Bransford, a self-published author and blogger.

 

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2013/12/self-publishing-was-way-easier-than-i.html

 

Any thoughts or questions? Post your comments below!

Creative Writing vs Professional Writing: Why are they different?

There are so many different ways to make a career as a writer. Many a writer has created a great career for themselves, however not all writers have similar career paths. The two biggest categories in writing are creative and professional. They may seem similar in many ways, but creative and professional writing are entirely different. In some ways, you need to have different mind sets to be successful in each field. The creative side of writing is just that, a creative use of the English language geared towards a certain audience. It is an art form, if you will. Professional writing is a more technical approach to writing. It is advertisement, editing, and journalism, to name a few.

Here are a few thoughts from Angelo Lornezo, a writer and journalist, who has seen both sides of the spectrum and can give us some insight on what exactly are the differences between the two sides.

 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/angelo-lorenzo/2014/08/truth-and-creativity-journalism-vs-creative-writing/

What I like most about this, is that no one is required to pick one type of writing and stick with it. That is the beauty of the writing community, you are not stuck in one place if you don’t want to be.

I would love to hear other stories from writers about their experience working with both types of writing! Comment below!

 

Finding a writing mentor!

One of the biggest questions any writer faces when thinking about their future career: how do I find a writing mentor? This is a huge question I had to ask myself when I first started getting serious with my writing. In my personal experience, I didn’t do any research to find out how this works. For me it just kind of happened. So for this post I had to do a little research on just how does one find a writing mentor.

Have no fear! It is a lot easier than it seems. Yes, it does involve a little work and maybe stepping out of your comfort zone to find the right fit. But it is absolutely worth it! Here are a few links to some sites with great ideas on how to find a great writing mentor.

 

It’s probably important to understand why having a writing mentor is important. Here are some thoughts on that…. Also included are some ways to find such a writing mentor!

 

http://thewritelife.com/5-reasons-you-need-a-writing-mentor/

 

Have any other thoughts? Share them below!

Finding Your Writing Community

As a writer, it is important for growth to be in a community of like-minded writers. With these people, a writer can not only get feedback on their writing, but they also have the opportunity to help other writers grow. The biblical phrase ‘iron sharpens iron’ fits this idea very well.

Many writers, however, have a hard time finding a good fit or don’t even know where to begin to look to. I myself struggled a long time as a writer trying to find that community of writers who I could share my writing with and vice versa. Eventually I found a group of people who lived in my community, who accepted me and helped me grow, but there were some things I wish I had known to help me along that journey.

Brook Mcintyre, who writes for Inked Voices, wrote a great post on basically every type of writing group and how to find them. She also writes about what to look for in a writing group for your sake as well as theirs.

 

https://janefriedman.com/find-the-right-critique-group/

 

By far, my favorites are; NaNoWriMo, conferences, and if you are lucky, a local group who you can meet up with regularly.

Let me know what seems to work for you in the comments below, or if you have anything to add from your own experience!

Staying Connected

How writers stay connected to their readers.

For this post I am mostly emphasizing writers who have published physical work (hard copies). Writers who focus their work on the web already have a decent connection or ability to connect to their readers, the challenge is more for writers whose work is on the page. Here are a few tips from published writers on how to stay connected with your readers beyond the published words of their work.

 

  1. Be clear about your messaging
  2. Make it easy to stay connected (i.e. keep updated on social media, have an email address for communication.)
  3. Spend time on a consistent basis reading and responding to your readers.
  4. Have question session, were you have a real time discussion with your readers online were they can ask questions about you and your work.
  5. Attend conferences and seminars where you know you will be able to connect with your readers.
  6. Connect with other writers who are in a similar field and see what they do to stay connected.

 

Some believe the digital age has separated writers from their readers. This blog goes into how writers can tend to insulate themselves and make a habit of staying in their own bubble.

 

http://www.rachellegardner.com/the-writing-community-insulates-writers/