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Is your competitive nature getting in your way?

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Is your competitive nature getting in your way? Slowing you down? Has it become a roadblock to your own writing success? Rock me Amadeus When the COVID-19 lockdown started and the entire world was pretty much shut down, the British National Theatre put some of their productions on YouTube once a week. Perhaps you remember? … Read more

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Do you see writing as more than a hobby?

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Should writing be more than a hobby? What are your hobbies? I don’t know if it still is, but it used to be a thing, to share your hobbies or interests on your resume. To show you’re a well-rounded individual? I guess? If that’s the case, then I’m pretty sure I’m not that well-rounded. My … Read more

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How to plan for writing success when there are no guarantees

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If there are no guarantees in the world of publishing, is it possible to plan for writing success? What do you mean there are no guarantees? “When I get my book published, I’ll quit my job and write full-time.” Have you said it, or thought it? “Oh, you’re a writer. Going to be making the … Read more

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How to Build Your Ideal Writing Life

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Do you really want to write? Or do you just want to live the writing life? Does it have to be one or the other? Or can they work together to create an ideal writing life? A reading on the staircase In the middle of my home-town independent bookstore is a sweeping staircase up to … Read more

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How to reduce the risks we take as writers

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Is it necessary to take risks in order to write? Is there a way to reduce the risks we take as writers? Taking a risk As a University student, I fell in love with the history of Northern Ireland. It became an obsession. I thought if I travelled there for a vacation, do as much … Read more

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How to Identify and Mark our Writing Milestones

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My brother recently had a milestone birthday and that got me thinking about writing milestones. Do we have any? And if we do, how do we mark them? Universal writing milestones So let’s talk milestones. Traditionally, we think of milestones as significant birthdays or events in our lives such as graduations, weddings, getting a job, … Read more

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How Important Are Writing Awards For Increasing Book Sales?

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How important are awards and contests to a writing life/career? It’s award season! I love awards shows. The Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, Screen Actor’s Guild, if it’s televised, I’m probably going to watch. I enjoy the categories of Costume Design and Sound Editing as much as I do the Best Actress and Actor. … Read more

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How To Customize Your Approach Your Writing Time

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What is the best way for you to approach your writing time? I had a great opportunity to do a Facebook Live in the Writers Who Want More Energy To Write Facebook group about how we can customize our approach to writing time based on the 4 writing personalities.  If you’ve taken the quiz, Does … Read more

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It’s easier to write when…

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Too stressed to write. Anything. That was me. I was too stressed, under too much pressure. I couldn’t even write a text. I’ve been collaborating with a friend on a couple of projects, mostly just offering a bit of input here and there. So when my website went down and the support desk wasn’t being … Read more

Love Yourself, Love Your Writing

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Love yourself, love your writing. Seems like a bit of a stretch, doesn’t it? Do you have to love yourself in order to love your writing? What does loving yourself even mean? And how on earth is it related to loving your writing? Do you remember Stuart Smalley? Al Franken’s Life Coach character on Saturday Night … Read more