Writers Write: Banish Discouragement


Today, I am discouraged. My trusty friend, ART AND FEAR, says this: “. . .artmaking can be a rather lonely, thankless affair. Virtually all artists spend some of their time (and some artists spend virtually all of their time) producing work that no one else much cares about. . . The sobering truth is that […]

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What Next? 15 Questions to Help you Decide Your Next Writing Project


I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Chip and Dan Heath’s new book, DECISIVE: How to make better choices in Life and Work. You may know the Heath brothers from their previous books, SWITCH: How to Change Things When Change is Hard and MADE TO STICK: Why Some Ideas Survive and […]

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Writers Need to Whine Sometimes

USUALLY, no Whining Allowed. But Today is a Legal Whining Day! Have at it!

Here’s another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here. Do you need to get your gripes out? 750Words.com bills itself as “Private, unfiltered, spontaneous, daily.” One way that I use the 750 Words to think like a writer […]

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4 Ways to Battle Discouragement

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4 Ways to Battle Discouragement When you are so very, very tired of yet another rejection, when discouragement threatens to overwhelm you, what do you do? Friends: One antidote is to stop writing and be with friends. Writer-friends are especially helpful because you can commiserate endlessly (read: complain) about how callous those horrible editors are, […]

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Read: Voice and Book Trailers


Sometimes I write for other places or other places talk about my books. Here are some links for your reading pleasure. 2012 Writer’s Market This year’s market guide–the best in the industry–includes my article on Book Trailers. Based on my experience writing The Book Trailer Manual, the article talks about the pros/cons of book trailers, […]

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