Inspiration & Creativity

For Doubtful Women Writers – 3 Tips for Increasing Your Confidence

For Doubtful Women Writers – 3 Tips for Increasing Your Confidence

As a woman writer, do you struggle with self-doubt? If you do, you’re in good company. Female writers are almost always paralyzed by self-doubt, self-criticism, and fear – even the most successful published, most well-read authors. I don’t think male writers struggle with the same self-doubts. Here’s what Lisa Bloom writes in Think: Straight Talk […]

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Writing Tips and Quips From the Great Fitzgeralds

Writing Tips and Quips From the Great Fitzgeralds

Need inspiration and courage to keep writing? Heed the great authors of the days of yore. These writing tips and quips are from Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (he wrote the classic The Great Gatsby). This month on Quips and Tips, I’m featuring quips from mothers who weren’t well-behaved and (as always) practical tips for […]

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How 7 Successful Authors Got Their Start

How 7 Successful Authors Got Their Start

Every writer has a different story about how they got started – and each story will inspire you in a different way. Here, a guest author shares how seven successful authors started their writing careers… Whether you’re a budding writer aspiring get published or curious about the mind from which your favourite story came, then […]

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How Has Your Writing Changed Over the Years? 9 Q’s to Think About

How Has Your Writing Changed Over the Years? 9 Q’s to Think About

Written by on December 17, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Inspiration & Creativity with 13 Comments

Look at the voice, content, and style of your writing. How has it changed over the years? Here are a few questions to help you assess your writing style – sort of a “before” and “after” look at yourself as a writer, blogger, novelist, or poet. My reason for writing this is a question from […]

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How Do I Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing?

Written by on September 7, 2012 in Inspiration & Creativity, Writing Tips with 9 Comments

Q: “I recently wrote a first draft of my novel and then an unillustrated children’s book. I have tons of ideas for more than ten novels. These characters and stories speak through me every day and my biggest thing is I make excuses and do not honor my gift and in a way that affects […]

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20 Writing Quotes From Famous Authors – From Hemingway to Jong

20 Writing Quotes From Famous Authors – From Hemingway to Jong

These quotations about writing will inspire you to write more – they’re from famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Anne Lamott, Anne Tyler, Erica Jong, John Updike, Julia Cameron, Walt Whitman, and more. To kick things off, here’s one my favorite writing quotes from Annie Dillard: “I don’t do housework. Life is too short and I’m too […]

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How Can I Improve on This Query Letter to Literary Agents?

How Can I Improve on This Query Letter to Literary Agents?

Written by on September 2, 2011 in Inspiration & Creativity, The Writer's Life with 3 Comments

Two years ago, my agent stopped trying to sell my nonfiction book because the biggest publishing houses rejected it. Now, I’m sending a revised query letter to different literary agents because I really really want to write this book (under contract with a book publisher)! Back then, I was sorta relieved that a publisher didn’t […]

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Lost the Ability to Write? How Writers Find Their Grooves

Lost the Ability to Write? How Writers Find Their Grooves

If you’re sick of being a “wannabee” writer and tired of wondering where your writing ability went, check out these tips for getting your groove back. They’re inspired by a reader who is both sick and tired… “I have wanted to write ever since I can remember, and I used to write an awful lot […]

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5 Tips for Overcoming Discouragement and Rejection for Writers

5 Tips for Overcoming Discouragement and Rejection for Writers

Even the most talented, creative, brilliant writers won’t go far unless they know how to overcome the discouragement of getting rejection after rejection! Talent and creativity isn’t nearly as important as stick-to-it-iveness. Here’s what one poet recently said: “Lately, I’ve been struggling with writer’s block with my poetry,” says M. on my Ask a Question […]

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How to Increase Writing Confidence – Grow the Skin of a Rhino

How to Increase Writing Confidence – Grow the Skin of a Rhino

What’s so great about the skin of a rhino? Toughness! These tips on increasing your writing confidence will help you toughen up and soldier through the moments of despair all writers face. Before the tips, a quip: “The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And […]

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