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Crippled by Doubt and Paralyzed by Fear: How to Overcome Writing Anxiety

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  Doubt and Fear Are Not Only for Novice Writers Right now I’m scared. I’m finding it hard to sleep at night and there’s a background of anxiety against which I play out every day. I’ll tell you why. But first things first as they say. I’ve written…

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How to Become a Professional Writer: Help and Advice to Get You Started

Posted in Commercial Writing, Creative Writing, creativity, discipline, Editors, Freelance writing, Getting published, how to be a prolific writer, Learning to Write, Literary agents, Literature, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, writer's workshop, writers, Writing for Money, writing life, and Writing Tips

  What Do You Need to Be a Writer? Professional writing is one of the most challenging, interesting, enjoyable, and rewarding jobs in the world. In this post I’ll share with you the basics of how to become a professional writer. In my first year of writing full-time…

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Why Do Authors Use Metaphors? How Metaphors Ignite Imagination

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Igniting the Reader’s Imagination Why do authors use metaphors? I think it’s fair to say without metaphor most prose would be very poor, fiction far from fantastic, and poetry impossible. Most of us remember being taught about metaphor and other literary devices at school. A few of us…

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Routines for Writers: How to Develop a Writing Schedule and Stick to It

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What’s the Most Difficult Thing About Writing? The most difficult thing about writing may be developing a workable writing schedule. Well, for most of us it isn’t coming up with ideas, plotting, characterization, story arcs, subplots or any of the nitty-gritty aspects of our craft. If we’re already…

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3 Big Mistakes I Made Writing and Publishing and How You Can Avoid Them

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Making Mistakes is the Only Way to Learn Only three? Well, to be honest I’ve made many more than three big mistakes writing and publishing so far. I don’t doubt for a moment I’ll make many more. In fact, it’s fair to say I can always find new mistakes to…

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Keeping a Journal: 7 Compelling Reasons Why Every Writer Should

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  Good Advice is Often Ignored To keep a journal is one of the standard pieces of advice given to every new writer. But I am always astonished by how few start keeping a journal. Keeping a writer’s journal, rather like writing every day, is one of the…

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The Elements of Fiction: Is Conflict the Heart of a Story?

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Conflict is An Important Element of Any Story Conflict is one of the elements of fiction which no story can do without. It’s the driving force, the engine, powering and empowering drama. It doesn’t matter which medium is used – the written word, dance, music, film, a computer…

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