The Writers Block

Love this 🙂

Gastradamus

Banished and Ripped from the pages of an incomplete story. So how does it finish? Is it a bump in the road or a dead ending?. When you arrive you’ve got two options. Keep on trucking or drive off the cliff. If you stay here too long it can become detrimental, which is where I jump in.

I don’t recall how long I’ve been here, but I have a purpose. The space here is limited and it’s my job to get rid of the writers who are wasting their time with a story that’s not going anywhere. It can be difficult to do sometimes, but some people need the push off the cliff.

Than there are those who need to be saved. They are the ones who are on the brink of an excellent story, but struggle to keep it going. It’s my priority to do everything I can to…

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Writers: How to Stay Motivated

My muses are….quiet. One book I need to finish is nearly 6 months overdue…

Uninspired Writers

Good morning writers, I hope you’ve had a great week.

My week has been quite a drag and full of ups and downs. Good days and bad days. It got me thinking about how to stay motivated, how do you keep writing when life is busy and complicated and you are tired and stressed.

It can be really hard to stick to your story, especially as it can feel like it’s taking a lifetime to finish your drafts and edits. So, I thought I’d share some of the ways I keep myself motivated, in the hope it will help other writers when they’re struggling.


1. Look back on how far you’ve come
Writing is a long process that requires a great deal of patience and dedication. When you feel unmotivated take some time to look back at how far you’ve already come. You can do this by re-reading what you’ve…

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14 Unfair Things Writers Have to Learn to Deal With

A good list … Thanks Meg.

Novelty Revisions

1. Getting rejected (many, may times).

2. Not always knowing why you’re getting rejected.

3. Struggling to find opportunities to receive helpful feedback when it seems like everyone else has them.

4. Never being taken seriously.

5. Ignoring trolls and trying not to let their mean comments get to you.

6. Responding professionally to unhelpful, negative comments.

7. Honestly, trying to prove you have the skills to do exceptional work when everyone “wants to be a writer.”

8. Competing with people who have the luxury of working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

9. Competing against people who can afford to charge lower hourly rates.

10. Doing everything the “right” way when there are plenty of people who plagiarize and don’t get caught.

11. Feeling like the work you do never gets noticed.

12. Or appreciated.

13. Not always knowing if you’re doing things the way they’re supposed…

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Tips for Writers: 5 Ways to Increase Revenue Through Your Website

A great blog post as usual. Thanks Nicholas

Nicholas C. Rossis

Christina Battons | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookAs you know, I’m a web developer by day and author by night. So, this guest post by Christina Battonsa web content expert in Los Angeles, was of particular interest to me. Christina is a creative writer who is able to connect various thoughts into a single theme. She loves to stay up-to-date on the latest content marketing trends. Her works have been published on Custom-writings.net and other resources. You can connect with Christina on Twitter.

5 Ways Writers Can Increase Revenue Through Their Website

Web design | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book A website is an important business tool. Image: Pexels

Are you a creative writer searching for ways of increasing the number of visitors to your website–and your revenue?

In this day and age, it is crucial for you to have a website that will stand out and make you popular. A website is a very important business tool. A well thought-out…

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Characters and what or who inspires them – by Aurora Jean Alexander…

I’m not sure about my characters…sometimes names are from people i know or knew…however i have several muses who tend to control my stories…sometimes it is like a person whispering on my shoulder…someone who has a story to tell…It gets complicated to be sure 🙂

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

When I start developing a character sometimes, I construct the person in my head; then I start writing down how she/he is going to be. First the ‘shell,’ then the inside. I very rarely ‘use’ someone I already know… someone I have met or is familiar to me.

It’s more that sometimes I recognize later, after the first draft, when I’m typing the book into the computer, that I find similarities with people I know.

This one time it’s a bit different.

A couple of months back I met a new co-worker of mine. She’s simply beautiful with her shiny black hair, blue ocean deep eyes, and her open, symmetrical heart-shaped face.

We talked about her descants and found out; she’s Irish. After talking to her and listening to her wonderful Irish accent, I decided I would love to use her as one of my main characters in one of…

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Tips For Better Fiction Writing: The Pause.

Better Tips for Fiction Writing with Dan Alatorre

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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I’m writing a book series called Tips For Better Fiction Writing, in which I tackle all the rookie mistakes new writers make.

And hey, I made them, too.

Which is why I’m helping you not make them.

Until the next book in the series comes out, you’ll see these gems here on the blog.


Clarisse paused, leaning back in her chair. “Yes, I think you’re the right one for this job.”

Paused.

Hmm…

Try not to write that someone paused.

Instead, write briefly about what happens during the pause.

That will create the pause for the reader.

Clarisse leaned back, eyeing the massive painting on the wall. A barrage of green and blue oil colors filled an enormous frame, with random dots of yellow throughout. A kind of modern art masterpiece of some sort.

She turned to me, nodding and smiling. “Yes, I think you’re the right one…

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Why Every Horror Writer Needs A Nightmare Journal

Do you have a NIghtmare Journal?

Drew Chial

Writers are always told our fiction should be informed by our experiences, because the best stories have a kernel of truth to them. With this in mind we smuggle our quote books into our characters’ mouths. We cast colleagues as our leads, and we misappropriate our memoirs into our material. We find and replace our own names and over-share under aliases. We launder tell off speeches through nom de plumes and reveal our truth through jest.

We write what we know until we write the fantastic elements of our story. Then we drop that mantra completely. Without the experiences to draw from we use other methods to ground our stories. We impose rules on the impossible.

A ghost can pester the living from the further, but will be weaker than a person who dares to go there. A magician can project a torch flame across the room, but the heat…

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How to Write Effectively While You Are Traveling

This information will be great once I start my travels. I have one travel blog. It was great fun to write… My second one needs updating big time.. Thanks Nicholas.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Cal Bailey | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post by Cal Bailey. Cal runs MountainLeon.com – a travel blog he started after two years of backpacking around the world. If you want to learn more about life on the road or his blogging, you can read his latest post here.

I had hosted a guest post about travel writing in the past, as the subject fascinates me. To get paid to travel–that’s the dream for many writers, right? If only it were that easy…

How to Write Effectively While You Are Traveling

Travel writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Pixabay

One of the best perks of writing is that you can pretty much do it anywhere. All you need is your laptop or pen and paper plus your creativity, and you can write wherever you are.

Right?

Well, not exactly. Writing, like all skills, demands discipline. Effective writing is more than just scribbling a few words to produce good quality…

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Starting Later & Starting Over: Launching a Writing Career When You’re No Longer “Young” – by Sangeeta Mehta…

Launching your writing career ….when you’re older.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Jane Friedman site:

Judging from the many organizations that offer awards and financial support to writers under 35 or 40 (The New York Public Library, The National Book Foundation, Granta), and the seven-figure deals that seem to be given to more 20-something debut writers than debut writers in any other age group, it would be tough to deny that book publishing is youth-focused.

But if this is the case, what explains the success of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, who at last fall’s National Book Awards ceremony shared that she started writing at 58? Or that of Frank McCourt, who didn’t begin writing until he was in his 60s? Were these writers more talented than younger writers trying to break in at the same time? Or has the industry started gravitating more toward younger writers in recent years?

I spoke with literary agents Sarah Davies and Dr. Uwe…

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New Places to Submit Your Writing

More places to submit your writing too…

COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

It’s coming up on the end of the year and most of us are busy getting ready for the fast appraoching holidays. But, if you’re like me you have a stack of file of short stories or even essays that have been sitting there gathering dust. Well, here’s your chance to shake the clean it up and send it out into the world for others to read.

Here are a few new places you might want to consider:

From the Author Publish, 16 Literary Journals which accept ‘blind’ submissions.

  1. Ars Medica – an online  journal of arts, medicine, and the humanities; prose and poems that related to medical issues.
  2. Spry – an online literary journal; poetry and prose.
  3. Perch – a non-academic literary journal; poetry, prose, visual art, and music related to mental health.
  4. Jaggery – focus on connecting South Asian diasporic writers, homeland writers, non-South Asians  with a South Asia…

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