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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.
Whether we’re trying to network, sell books, share expertise, or simply connect with other writers and readers, many fiction writers turn to blogging. It’s a natural move. We write—it’s what we do. (Anyone else read that in the GEICO voice?) But fiction writers face an unexpected challenge when it comes to blogging: writing in our own voice.
Originally published at Stuff Writers Like
Writers write, right?
Then why is it so hard to carve out time to follow your passion and to do what you do best? Why does it seem that your time is always being pulled in ten different directions? Why is it being intruded upon—by family, friends, and your own tendency to procrastinate?
We all need help protecting our writing time, like a pirate guarding stolen treasure. Here are 12 tips to make sure your writing time remains your writing time.
This blog post was written in Scrivener.
I think you’re all well-aware of my Scrivener addiction by now. I’ve posted reviews of both the mac version and the iOS app, and a YouTube series devoted to the topic is in the works. But today, I’d like to talk about a very specific use for the program—and one often overlooked.
Scrivener for Blogging
I used Word files to organize my blog posts for a long time. Why? I have no idea. I thought about using Scrivener, but I didn’t want to take the time to switch my files over and start a new system.
Don’t be like me.
Switch to Scrivener now. Even if you don’t transfer your old stuff into the program, make the switch and worry about that later. Organizing my posts in Scrivener is so much easier. I can keep track of everything, and all my posts and ideas are easily accessible in the binder. I never have to worry about sifting through folders full of random files. Plus, it’s reliable. If Word crashes one more time…
Instead of telling you all the reasons Scrivener is amazing—fan girl status—I’m going to give you a look at how I use the program to organize my blog posts. Keep in mind this is in no way the only system you could use. One of the great things about Scrivener is its flexibility. You can adjust to fit your personal needs.
Expletives can tell a reader a lot about a character and a story. Use them wisely, and they can strengthen the overall depth and impact of your tale. Use them poorly, and they can turn off readers more quickly than improper semicolon-use. Here are three things to remember when dealing with expletives.
I’m not much for external motivation. I believe that you have to motivate yourself, and if you don’t have the inner-drive to accomplish a goal, you won’t. But this video from Eric Thomas (aka Hip Hop Preacher) has always been a source of inspiration for me. If I feel myself getting off track or forgetting why I choose to work hard and follow my passions, listening to this speech, more times than not, sets me right.
I think the most-asked question I get is, “Where do I submit my stuff?”
In a world where hooking an agent is somewhat akin to chasing down the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, publishing short stories is a great career (and ego) boost for a writer.
Duotrope currently lists nearly 6,000 fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets. And that does not include the plethora of writing contest and anthologies. There are so many opportunities to get published. Not knowing where to submit should never hold you back. [Click to Tweet]
So with that said, here is a list of regularly updated newsletters, lists, and databases to help you find homes for your work.
Wow, there is so much stuff going on. I’m having trouble keeping track of it so I thought I would take a moment to update you on everything happening right now and everything coming down the pike.
You’ve heard the old writing advice: Write what you know.
It takes other forms, as well. Write your story. Write your life. Write what’s closest to you.
I’ve heard people argue that we each have so much conflict in our own lives, there’s no need to reach outside of our personal stories for writing material.
That is true and not true.