Friday, September 4, 2015

Writers, You Are Worthy

by Bruce Brady @BDBrady007

We writers go through periods of feeling somehow inadequate. And if we don’t look at ourselves in the proper light, we may give up altogether.

It’s easy to become discouraged when we focus on our limitations. We simply have to compare ourselves to more experienced writers. Or allow the demands of the current publishing world, like platform and self-marketing, to weigh heavy on our minds. And before we know it, we’re ready to give up altogether.

But don’t despair. There’s hope, If you know where to look.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Perfectionism & Vulnerability, A Tough Combination for Writers

by Lynn Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

There are a few things I know about myself. I don’t like them, but I know they are true.

I’m a perfectionist and I don’t like feeling vulnerable.

But I kept hearing about this author and researcher, Dr. Brené Brown, who has a couple of insanely popular TED talks where she discusses her research.

Guess what she researches?

Vulnerability, shame, and she throws in some really nice stuff about perfectionism in there as well.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Calendar Days—September’s Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions—Idea Starters for Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It’s time again for Calendar Days. These are just fun to read. They’re also a great way to jumpstart our creativity when looking for ideas for articles and blog posts. They’re also a fun writing prompt idea. 
In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially when two contrasting holidays fall on the same date. Here are some that tickled my funny bone this month:

September 1 is Calendar Awareness Day and No Rhyme or Reason Day—‘nough said. September 4th is Bring Your Manners to Work Day and Hug Your Boss Day. Is it good manners to hug your boss?  September 13 is Defy Superstition Day and Fortune Cookie Day . . . hmmm. And September has three of my favorite holidays—the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day, the 22nd is Hobbit Day, and the 24th is Punctuation Day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

19 Things to Remember When Publishing Doesn’t Go Your Way

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It’s easy to get discouraged in the writing industry. It’s a tough business, and as they say on Project runway, “One day you’re in, and one day you’re out.”

So what’s a writer to do?

Here’s my list of things to remember when publishing doesn’t go your way:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Blog or Website—Which One Does a Writer Really Need?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

The reason we do social media is to connect with our audience. And one of the best ways to deepen that connection is by hanging out with them on a blog. Because of that, I’m going to spend the next few weeks on blogging issues.

The first issue I want to talk about is the difference between a blog and a website. It’s important to know the terminology and be able to evaluate exactly what you need for your circumstances. Just like social media, blogging is not a one size fits all proposition.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Writing is Both A Mask & An Unveiling

This quote by E.B While intrigues me. I'd love to know your thoughts.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Power of a Six-Word Story

by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

Legend* has it that Ernest Hemingway boasted to his friends one day over lunch, “I can write an entire story in six words.” To make his point, he plunked a ten-dollar bill on the table and bet each that he could do it.

When all the takers had tossed in their money, he wrote this story on a napkin: