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We're all afraid of something. Sometimes those fears are rational, and sometimes they're not. But I think we can all agree that our fears hold us back. We become so afraid of what might go wrong, we don't chase all the amazing things that could go right. Writers and artists, in particular, can easily get tripped up by our fears—of rejection, failure, not measuring up to our standards or someone else's. Sometimes getting over a fear is a slow process. And sometimes you just have to count to three and do it.
We all know the first draft is shit. (Hemingway said it, not me.) But does that make it any easier to put those stomach-churning sentences to the page? Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. For those days when you can’t seem to do anything but stare at a blinking cursor, here are five ways to smash through the wall of self-doubt and convince yourself to write that first draft—in all its typo-riddled, repetitive, ambiguity-filled glory.
Query Swap Twitter Event Coming June 1, 2017
Originally Published at StuffWritersLike
Most of us write with the intention of being read. That’s not always the primary goal. Perhaps we want to simply write the stories burning inside us. Perhaps writing is cathartic or even (dare I say) fun. But in our core, we are storytellers. We want to reach humanity with our words. And to do that, we’ve got to find a way to put our words and stories in front of those who will read them and be moved by them.
Thankfully, we live in an age of constant communication. The Internet provides infinite outlets to reach potential readers. But it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of websites and forums. It’s best to focus our attention on a few effective tools to meet and engage readers, remembering that the goal isn’t to reach as many people as possible, but to get to know people and to earn their trust through honest engagement. No one will take the time to read your writing if they don’t trust that you have something to say. [Click to Tweet]
The Revise & Resub editors have made their picks. There were so many amazing stories submitted, and it was nothing short of heartbreaking to choose one. The good news? We do this for a living, and even if your story wasn't selected, you can still hire us! I saw a ton of brilliant stories I would be absolutely honored to work with, and I loved getting to know you all through our Twitter discussions. I feel like we've formed a little #RevPit family, and to that end, you deserve the family discount.
Anyone who submitted to Revise & Resub is eligible for these deals.
10% Off Any Editing Service
That includes developmental editing, line editing, proofreading, or a manuscript critique for any manuscript over 50,000 words. There's no limit to this deal. If you go for a two-pass edit, you get 10% off each pass.
$10 Off a Submission Package
My Submission Package includes a full query critique, a synopsis critique and edit, and line editing for your first ten pages. Regular price: $85
25% Off Edit Like a Pro
Edit Like a Pro: Guide to Self-Editing Your Prose is an online course consisting of videos, worksheets, and cheat sheets to take you through the editing process. If you submitted to me, check your feedback email for the 25% off coupon code. If you didn't submit to me, contact me to get the code!
Book before the end of May to take advantage of these deals! Booking requires a signed contract and a deposit. The edits do not have to take place during May, and the project we work with does not have to be the one you submitted to Revise & Resub. The coupon code for 25% off Edit Like a Pro expires 5/31/17.
Ready to do this? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling! I can't wait to work with you.
There is so much going on right now!
Live #AskEditor sessions, the Death & Pestilence anthology release, a live Camp NaNoWriMo write-in, and the final days of the Edit Like a Pro introductory sale.
Kick off Camp NaNoWriMo with a LIVE write-in!
Ready to kick of Camp NaNoWriMo in style?
Come hang out with these badass AuthorTubers! We'll be doing word sprints and taking breaks to chat with you wonderful folks. Tune in at 2pm EDT, and write along with us. Let's start the month with a killer word count and some great company! Because really, who's better company than writers?
Nobody, that's who.
Introducing the AuthorTubers whose lovely faces you'll see on screen during this shindig.
Submit your completed manuscript for a chance at a month of free editing!
Yeah, you read that right. This is a chance to work with a freelance editor for a month to make your manuscript beautifully polished and ready to knock agents' socks off! (provided your dream agent wears socks)
Okay, take a moment. Process. Breathe.
Let's get into some details.
Ayden’s Choice by Sam Felix is YA science fiction, but rather than focusing on futuristic technology and what-ifs, Felix sets his story in the throes of modern technology with a narrative impacted by the Internet, smartphones, and GPS glitches.
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