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10 Tips to Conquer a Writing Block Mountain

Writers often slam into a story wall. Sometimes they find a way to scale it and continue to run and dodge through the rest of the obstacle course to reach “The End.” But sometimes, instead of a wall standing in

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Obstacles

As someone who’s easily distracted, I understand the need to stay focused on what’s important (and to remind myself of that truth). A companion of that need is remembering to remind myself. Like so many others at this time of

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Defend Your Inner Writing Life

A writing life and a writing career are two separate things, and it’s crucial to keep the first. The single essential survival skill for anybody interested in creating art is to learn to defend this inner life from the world.

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Stories are…

Stories are about the deep waters of the soul. They uncover what can’t just be said with what must be shown. ~ Molly Blaisdell

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K.M. Weiland’s Writing Manifesto

While I’m working to complete a writing project this week and enjoying the last of a string of family visits, I wanted to share K.M. Weiland’s Writing Manifesto. One of these days I’ll create my own and follow her advice:

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Are You a Guardian of the Dream?

Novelists think differently from other writers. We set out to create and sustain a fictitious dream for our reader… As a novelist, you are guardian of the dream. ~ Jerry Jenkins

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The Only Writing Advice That Matters

The only piece of writing advice that really matters is to keep going. Getting caught up in the idea that every book you write has to be published is the surest way to make sure you don’t keep going. ~

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Trap Your Writing Muse

The act of writing, of telling the tale, is also the act of laying traps. And it is in these traps that we capture our muses. In other words, we capture them, they don’t capture us. ~ Chuck Wendig

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Looking at Creativity the Write Way

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was upset by the snobbery she read about between creatives, specifically literary writers versus romance writers. (If it comes to fisticuffs, I’ll put my money on romance writers any day.) Setting

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First Draft Writing Rules from Copyblogger

In Demian Farnworth’s post, “10 Rules for Writing First Drafts [Poster],” he mentions this quote by Kurt Vonnegut: When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth. If an author like Vonnegut felt that way,

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All who wander are not lost.~ JRR Tolkien

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