Of Hope and Determination: Writing Fellowships

There’s no way I’ll ever get this fellowship. I’m not good enough. Why even waste the time and effort trying?

Sound familiar? Not just for writing fellowships, but for everything in life we try for (contests, job promotions, auditions, scholarships)? Everybody faces self doubt at some point. For writers, especially in this age of social media and self promotion, it’s a daily reality.

The last two weeks of November, I devoted ever waking minute I wasn’t at work to perfecting two writing fellowships applications: The George Bennett Fellowship in Exeter, NH, and the Fine Arts Fellowship

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3 Ways to Advance Your Writing Career: Part 3

Last week, I spoke about how to advance your writing career while still writing your novel.  You can do this by devoting some attention to 3 important things:

1. Publishing Short Stories
2. Professional Development
3. Social Networking/Promotion

This week we’ll focus on social networking and promotion.

   

          Social Networking and Promotion

Take a look at around you.  Almost everyone is plugged into their phone, tablet, or computer.  A recent study found that Americans spend 27% of their time on social media. In…

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3 Ways to Advance Your Writing Career: Part 2

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Last week, I spoke about how to advance your writing career while still writing your novel by devoting some attention to 3 important things:

1. Publishing Short Stories
2. Professional Development
3. Social Networking/Promotion

This week we’ll focus on professional development.

Professional Development.

As a writer seeking to become a published professional, it’s essential to become a master of your craft.  You can’t just read novels and work on writing, you must educate yourself on the principles, techniques, and profession of writing.  There are several disciplines foundational to being a professional writer, namely:

1. Grammar/editing

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3 Ways to Advance Your Writing Career: Part 1

The next few weeks I want to focus on how to advance your writing career while still working on your first novel.  Writing a novel is a long and difficult process.  Though some experienced writers can knock out a 90,000 word manuscript in a couple of months, us newbie writers might take several years writing our first novel.  For most of us, we’re working 40 hours a week and taking care of families, while trying to squeeze in precious writing time on the side.  And once the first draft is written, you still have to edit it!  The whole…

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Becoming-A-Writer Tip # 4: Feedback

Today’s topic is the lifeblood of artists: feedback.

feed·back
ˈfēdˌbak
noun
noun: feedback
1.
information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement.

Except for the rare person who writes solely for themselves and does not want outside input, the vast majority of writers should want and need feedback.  Why are we writing, after all?  To create an enjoyable story.  To improve our…

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