Writing Fears: Unbalance your Fears

One way to overcome your writing fears is to make sure the benefits of writing outweigh the fears. People tend to think of motivation as coming from the inside or the outside. Motivation also can come from positives and it can come from negatives. Because this is such a vast subject, but is relevant now, […]

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Writing Fears: Chances to Be Better Writer

Fear of failure can become a powerful tool if used correctly. Motivation, character insights, and growth as a writer… all can come from examining and facing your fears. Wait, what?          Fears of failure, fears you aren’t good enough, and fears you will fall behind your friends. All these have implicit goals in them. And […]

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Use Writer’s Block: Developing Theme

Got writer’s block? Congratulations. You might  have discovered a theme for your book. After all, writer’s block highlights what is important to you and what stands in the way. The theme of your book is a unifying message. Theme can be tied to inner or outer conflict and its inevitable/best/worst resolution. Theme should be something […]

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Use Writer’s Block: Developing Inner Conflict

If your writing is being blocked by inner fear, congratulations. You have excellent fodder for developing your characters’ inner conflicts. After all, one form of inner conflict is a fear blocking a need. Good inner conflict should be something the reader can relate to — and the fears behind writer’s block are definitely that. Fear […]

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Writer’s Block or Burn-Out?

You stare at a blank screen. It happens to us all. But when should you power through and when should you take a break? Use the excuse of writer’s block and you risk slowing or halting your progress. Force yourself to write through burn-out and you prolong the pain. When you can’t write, how can […]

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Dare to Write Bad

One great fear of writers is that they will write something bad. I say “Write away!” Practice: To write well, you first must write badly. Writing is a skill that can be improved only through practice. Bad writing is writing where you make mistakes. A diligent writer will learn from those mistakes and gradually stop […]

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