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November Blog Roll

The season of autumn may be ending, but the writers of fantastic blogs are still going strong! Enjoy our pick of the writing posts from this month. What are your favorite reads?

Forget the Excuses and Follow Your Dreams on Novel Rocket

An interview with budding author Amy Matayo. Learn details of her writing process, such as how she found an agent.

Beyond Skin Deep Dialogue on Go Teen Writers

A fantastic guide to characterization through the medium of dialogue.

The Voices: Who Are You Listening To? on The Writer’s Alley

An inspiration post about listening to truth as a writer.

99 Ways to Market Art on Copy Blogger 

99 ideas for improving your marketing strategy when it comes to your art – writing.

The Typewriter Trap on The Freelance Strategist 

A quick blog entry about what drives a few freelance journalists to write – this could be true in whatever you write.

Don’t Leave Your Reader Behind on The Writer’s Alley 

Good tips on how to make smooth transitions in your writing – this blog post is well written and humorous.

No Limits: The Emerging New Adult Market on Writer Unboxed

An informational read about New Adult.

Writing in the Internet era: A conversation with Sarah McCarry on Nathan Bransford’s blog

About social media and writing.

A Writer’s Greatest Tool on The Writers Alley

Read it to find out the greatest tool of a writer!

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August Blog Roll – Plus *New* Picture Prompt

It’s hard to believe August is on way out and fall is rolling in. Enjoy our list of favorite blogs from this last month! There were many, many wonderful reads. Also, stay tuned for this week’s picture prompt at the end of the list!

Setting (and how to craft a good one!) by J.E. Tankersley

A wonderful resource for the writer wanting to better their setting descriptions.

WriteOnCon on Take It or Leave It

A post detailing WriteOnCon – a free, online writing conference. That’s right – it’s free!

Why Writing a Book is Like Hiking a Canyon on GoTeenWriters

Author Stephanie Morrill walks readers through the simile as well as her own writing process.

7 Ways to Build Your Writing Confidence on Helping Writers Become Authors

In this post, K.M. Weiland shares ways to boost your writing confidence.

Have we become uncomfortable with uncertainty in writing? on Nathan Bradsford’s blog

The above question is pondered by Bradsford in this particular blog post.

11 Signs You May Be a Writer on Judy Lee Dunn (.com)

Humorous post about writers.

Admit It on Happy Musings

Discusses how admitting it just might give you a breakthrough in your writing.

Finding the Significance in the Ordinary on Meditations of His Love– I liked reading this blog post because it is a reminder to us all that we are all significant, no matter how ordinary or extraordinary the daily tasks we do are.

The Radical Change that Made Me a Super-Productive Writer On Making a Living Writing – One writers experience with having deadlines to meet on a beautiful day. Who says we have to write inside or at our desks all the time? A change of scenery can sometimes make all the difference.

Getting Published on Happy Musings – Have you ever been published? What did it feel like? Were you stunned, excited or scared? Did you jump for joy, send out an e-mail or worry about who would be reading your work?

 

Writing Prompt

This week our stories will be inspired by the below picture – if you’d like to test your creativity, please join in.

Questions to jumpstart creativity: Why would she be on a beach by herself? Is the beach in some tropical place in South America or closer to the arctic circle? Think from the perspective of the character: what is she thinking while she twirls along the shore?

We’d love it if you left your story in the comments!

 

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“The Block” and How to Overcome it

What is writer’s block?

I was going to write my own comical definition, but Merriam Webster’s dictionary described it so well.

writer’s block: noun a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece

Now you know. But how do you achieve victory and write?

1.) Admit it is real.
It makes sense that the first step in writing therapy is not unlike the first step in AA groups. You must admit that it exists before you can take steps against it. Admit to yourself – and yes, say it aloud: “Things are keeping me from writing, and I want to get better.”

2.) Determine which type of block ails you.
Lack of planning: This is what hits me the most. I open up a document for a brand new story I’ve been mulling over. I get through the first chapter or sometimes only the first sentence and realize – I have no idea what I’m doing. This can happen mid-story also: i.e., main character finds herself in a grave, life threatening situation. Author knows main character needs to survive, but hadn’t planned how to get the main character out alive. And thus the block sets in.

Laziness: This type of block happens when you succumb to that evil voice in your mind that says you don’t feel like writing. There are so many reasons not to write. It’s too hard, too much planning is involved, you need a nap, etc., etc.. Thus, the block takes over your mind. Yet consider how empty our bookstores would be if every writer ever decided to write only when they “felt like it.”

Lack of time: Being on a tight schedule freezes some writers with stress. Need I say more?

3.) Follow your treatment plan accordingly.
For lack of planning: Planning is vital, even for writers like me that are stifled by detailed outlining. Do the research when the question of accuracy arises. Librarians and Google are now your best friends.

If you are in the brainstorming stages and fear writing the first word, spend time outlining your plot to understand the story. Hang out with your characters to understand how they will react to stimuli within the story (i.e., interview your main character, pick out key words that they would say when danger strikes, for example). Here’s one of my favorite posts about starting a story on the Go Teen Writers blog.

For editing block, draw a thee-act structure diagram of your entire story. (See this helpful post explaining the three-act on Go Teen Writers.) This way you can see the holes in your plot as well as the areas that are superfluous. Write and delete accordingly. I recently plotted out a three-act for my story on post-it notes and it was particularly eye-opening.

For laziness: Power through the difficulty and just write – there’s no other way. Bribe yourself if you most. Guacamole is a great motivator for me. Remember why you started the story in the first place. What is it in your story that your reader’s will leave with? Write because of that.

For lack of time: Who can really cure this one? The only way to write is to make time. Plan a few specific times every week to write. Set a timer. Learn to say no to distractions until the timer dings. Use every possible minute in your day to your advantage. Those ten minutes when you stand on the city bus? Plan out the next scene in your novel. Taking a shower? Think about what you can add to your character’s backstory. The environment may be less than ideal, but it’s one way we can stop the rest of our lives from taking over our writing life.

4.) Repeat steps as necessary.

What works for you?  What excuses do you tell yourself to avoid writing? What type of writer’s block do you usually have?

~ Felicity

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