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Showing posts from May, 2015

Creating a Writer's Board

I’m trying something new in order to organize the jumbled mess that is my brain. I created a writing board with a corkboard in my office. What’s on the writing board?
Index cards with brief descriptions of my next three scenes. I’ve found this helps keep the story going and I’m never at a loss for what comes next.
Story titles/ideas for my next 5-6 novellas and novels.
Reminders to stay active on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I tend to drift from social media from time-to-time. Also some cool websites for writers.
A list of potential blog topics.

When You Feel Like Giving Up On Writing

Writing is a lonely game at times. I’ve been at it for twenty years. There have been times I’ve wanted to give it up, wondering if there were better ways to spend my time. I’ve never quit writing, and I don’t imagine I ever will.But if you’re like me, the following thoughts may creep into your head and make you question why you write:

Problem: The writing has gotten dull, stale.
Solutions: Write in another genre. Start a side project, maybe a short story or novella. Read something by one of your favorite writers to kick you in the ass and get going again. Take a few days off and come back to your current project.

Problem: Everyone else is doing better than me.
Solutions: Stop paying so much attention to other writers. Be happy for their success. Your time may be coming.  In the digital age, writers have been given time. With e-books, no longer does your book disappear from a store shelf in a month to make room for the next wave. Success in this business takes time. 
Focus on the writin…