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Every Writer’s Struggle: Mindset

Everyone struggles with something. Writer struggles take on a monstrous shadow that overwhelms our ability to create. The deep roots of many problems are in our mind. “I don’t know how to start” so the book is never started. “I don’t think it’s any good” so the book is never finished. “No one will like …

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Have you joined a writing community?

Community plays an important role in physical and mental health. For a writer, community is essential to move beyond the status quo. Or it was essential for this writer. For years, I attended classes and wrote in my spare time. Everything I dreamed up seemed fun and unique. I learned from the classes (most offered …

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Top Four Things I Love about Scrivener

Writers need writing software. I’ve been writing with Scrivener for eight years, and I love many things about using this software. Especially how easily it helps me organize my writing. When you talk about software, some programs have a hefty price tag. Others need to include a class on how to use it. For the …

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Three Ways to Avoid Creative Burnout

Burnout has been on the rise in the workplace since the pandemic began in March of 2020. Depending on the polls used, burned out people make up between 49 and 77 percent of the work force. That’s a depressing statistic. It’s made worse since I’ve been in the throes of creative burnout for more than …

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Who Likes Sending out Submissions?

In September, I purchased the Writer’s Market Guide to Agents, and I dutifully spent several afternoons scanning the listings to highlight possible “matches.” Yes, I think you can get it online and probably have the listings sorted for genre, but sometimes, a girl needs to do the work. I’m old school. I like holding a …

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