Writing & Editing Resources

So this week I don’t feel like I have the energy to write a blog post. You know those days where you just feel ‘blah’ and have a hard time drumming up the drive to do anything? Yep, one of those days. It’s a perfectly normal, and human, thing to go through. Our bodies, minds, and spirits work in waves, ups and downs, not a straight line (of course, I’ve also been re-reading the whole 7-book Harry Potter series, which has been just a tad distracting *innocent look*).

So instead of…

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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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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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Becomming-A-Writer Tip #3: Write Write Write! (Part B)

So the second part of this equation of becoming a writer is, guess what? Writing!  Yup, I know you’re surprised, but if you want to be a writer you have to write.  A lot.

Becoming-A-Writer Tip #3-B: write write write!

Now you can’t just mean to write, can’t just enjoy writing, can’t just piddle a bit every now and then.  You have to write, a lot, every day.  Maybe you don’t start out this way, maybe you start out small.  But a professional athlete doesn’t conquer and win in his/her sport by training a few days a week when they feel…

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Writing from the Heart

Writing a Novel is Hard

Yes, yes it is.  Quality is hard, weaving a good tale is hard, getting it out of your heart and mind and soul, and putting it on paper in a way that makes sense to other people is hard.  Do you ever wish there was a device you could hook to your brain that would write what you’re thinking?  I do, all_the_time.

Not only is writing a novel hard, but it’s also scary.  It’s scary, worrying that you won’t be able…

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