How to Make Your Inner Critic Shut the Hell UP!

My inner critic (IC) is a negative Nancy. So is yours. Okay, and if you’re a man (as a reader pointed out after I wrote this post), it’s a negative Ned. We all have an inner critic and if you say you don’t you’re lying. Our inner critic is the same no matter who we…

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The Perfect Pitch

Before you ask, that’s not me. But it is a perfect representation of what will be happening to me on August 27th. Let me explain. I was reading an article about why you should never give up on your writing. The article talked about the usual stuff: rejections, persistence, determination. Yada-yada (sorry, I was in…

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Four Books You Should Read Before The Movie Comes Out

Which do you do first: the book or the movie? I’m a firm believer in reading the book before the movie comes out. Watching the movie before reading the book is the ultimate of spoilers. Many times movies leave out a lot of details because of budget and time constraints.  Details which make a huge difference. That being…

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My Reading Year So Far

Writers have to read. A lot. It is the way we train. With 2018 half way over and my reading goal more than half way done, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the books I’ve come across this year. I know book lovers are always looking for the next great read, so I’m…

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Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Happy summer!! It’s the longest day of the year. Summer means beaches and barbeques and vacations and staycations. And books. Lots of books.  At least for me anyway. There’s nothing like relaxing with a good book.  If you missed yesterday’s post, I talked about how I found my writing voice.  I also talked about a…

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Looking for Places to Submit Your Writing? Try Submittable.

Writers are always looking for new creative opportunities. Finding places to submit your work is overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be any more. What if I told you there is one website with thousands of opportunities to submit your creative work. It’s true.  Whether you write poems, short stories, books, screenplays, or music (yes,…

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One Skill Every Writer Should Have

Something unexpected happened to me when I joined an online writing challenge last year. The rules of the challenge were simple: you’re given a writing prompt, a word count, and one month to come up with a story. Simple enough. On the due date, you submit your story and then you have to give feedback…

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Removing the Roadblocks to Writing

Writers. We don’t choose the calling, it chooses us. We process our world with words. We are people watchers. We find wonder in ordinary, every day things and turn them into stories. We create entire worlds with our minds. But there are a lot of things that keep us from staying committed to the craft.…

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Building Your Credibility as a Writer

To become a successful writer you need two things: credibility and a reading audience.  If you’re an emerging writer like myself you may not know where to begin.  Performing a search on either of these topics can leave you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. But I found a few things that can help. #1: Free Online…

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The Magic of Books

I love books. Always have. Always will. My mom read to me since before I had memory. The first memory that formed in my head about books is when I was sitting on her lap while she read Tim and Tom Play Ball to me for about the one hundredth time. I can still see…

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