How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions

So, after crapping all over writing prompts on Sunday, karma has sent me the self-doubts. Of course. How could it be otherwise? At least I can trust that Ira Glass is…was…is (?) a man who can understand what this feels like. My boss is sending me to a leadership lifestyle course for the day and I thought some cheery words about storytelling and the 1 simple trick to help overcome the self-loathing we writers know all too well would be good material for a bit of #TuesdayMotivation. Stay strong!

How is your writing going today – feeling on top of the world or worse than a rat in the gutter? Ha, see what I did there? Let me know in the comments below and happy writing. 

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Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!

Hello

This cheered me up and I thought you might like to see it, too. I made this my screensaver and when I feel down it makes me feel better.

Keep battering your keyboards – no excuses!!!

…OK the occasional good cry is allowed. 🙂

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Quadruple Your Wordcount in 4 Simple Steps

Writing faster has been a major concern for me this weekend. I often feel frustrated at limitations placed on my fiction writing (mainly time, typing speed, and focus). So, this weekend, I have enlisted the help of Cady Vance‘s video taking us through 4 simple steps that can help you write faster today. I managed to quadruple my wordcount for today by focusing on improving focus and planning. Happy writing and if you have any other tips about how to write faster, please make sure to leave a comment so others can benefit from your suggestions, too.

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Ray Bradbury’s #1 Top Tip for A Killer Storyline

Thank you for always supporting our troops.

This week, the endless wisdom of Ray Bradbury and his essays on writing have truly been giving me strength and the ability to carry on with my writing. I am immensely proud to say that I am only about 16,000 words away from completing my second draft of The Dream Parade {Part One} sporting a seriously improved storyline. Finally, I am fully unstuck and ready to cross the finish line on my project. And all just because I decided to follow this beautiful piece of advice and decided to follow my heroine and her innermost desire! Have a beautiful Sunday all! And good luck with getting unstuck on your own writing projects.

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The $10 Word Writing Mistake and How You Can Avoid It

Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren’t always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message.

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