Have you ever tried living life by the seat of your pants? You don't get very far, do you? A lot of twists and turns but no real forward movement. To reach your goals, you must plan for the future.
We all know distractions are a part of daily life for a writer. But what can we do to improve our chances of getting words down on the page?
Sometimes life can hit us from every angle. So, how do we avoid overwhelm when writing and life collide?
It's one thing to try to find time to squeeze writing into your life. And another when your writing has taken over your life. So, what do you do when your writing becomes an obsession?
I’m no busier than anyone else, but there always seems to be something interfering with my writing time. So, how do we contend with all the demands on our time and still find time to write?
We often blame family and friends for sabotaging our writing. While those might be valid complaints, most sabotage comes from ourselves.
It’s difficult to accept criticism from others. It can be even more complicated when no one has the same opinion. One person might say your characters are unrelatable, while another says the fault lies with telling what we should show. It’s enough to make you pull your hair out. Sometimes others’ opinions allow you to … Continue reading How to Apply Criticism Toward Improving Your Writing
Letting go of our work can be one of the hardest steps of the writing process. Often, we avoid submitting our work because we’re terrified of what others might think. It’s never good enough in our eyes. So, we enter a cycle of never-ending revision and editing in the quest for perfection. But perfection doesn’t … Continue reading Knowing When Your Story is Ready to Submit
A story that repeats itself can appear redundant or poorly edited. Nobody enjoys reading the same thing repeated over and over, whether in dialogue, description, or foreshadowing. Even in real life, such things can grate on the nerves.
By this point, we’ve put so much work into our stories, we believe there couldn’t be anything left to handle. The plot’s cohesive, the stakes are high, our characters are compelling, we’ve kept the reader interested to the end… Everything is as it should be. Then we edit. Only to find our story doesn’t read as it should, things can be worded better, overused words and phrases that need to be cut or substitutions found…