You want to be a writer, but you’re facing obstacles.
Perhaps you lack motivation, have nothing to write about, or fear rejection, criticism, or feedback. You worry your writing isn’t good enough, and you don’t feel ready to submit query letters to agents, editors, or publishers.
If you really want to be a writer, you need to motivate yourself to start writing and keep writing.
When you “fire up the muse”, you get:
- 10 ways to cope with rejection, failure, disappointment, and frustration
- 9 ways to cope with uncertainty and the “waiting to hear” process
- 10 tips for coping with the most common writing fears
- 9 ways to increase your productivity and discipline
- 5 tips for getting and staying organized
- 5 tips for achieving your writing goals
- 5 tips for overcoming perfectionism
- 5 tips for finding your writing voice
- 45 “Quick Quips” from famous authors
- and more – see the Table of Contents below.
73 Ways to Fire Up the Muse
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“After reading your ebook I am totally charged! It’s motivational, easy to read, and speaks directly to me and every one of my writing angsts and blocks — your energy vibrates off the page. It’s like having you personally talking to me, telling it like it is and encouraging me on. It spoke to so many of my blocks – and I credit it with firing me up after being on simmer for so long.” ~ Maggie R. “At under 70 pages, it is a quick read and the format of the book allows the reader to take on whichever chapter ‘speaks’ to them first…The information is designed to positively influence writers (or those who want to write) to get on with their writing. It does this by identifying the most common attributes of being stuck and then provides real world solutions for setting things on fire.” ~ George Angus, Tumblemoose.com. “If a frustrated writer is looking for a productive distraction, 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Muse might just be the answer. Author Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen uses her engaging style and light wit to convince would-be authors that if they want to start writing, they need to stop avoiding the task. Fire Up is a quick, informative read for intelligent, committed writers…it’s a guide for people who write well enough to consider a freelance writing career and are running into obstacles. There are inspirational quotations, illustrative stories and examples, and a range of solutions to common problems.” ~ from eBook Review: Fire Up the Muse by Alex Sharp, Audiobooks/Ebooks Feature Writer, Suite101. . .
Why I wrote Fire Up the Muse
My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I created and run several Quips and Tips websites, and have written four “Quips and Tips” ebooks. I earned $25,000 my first year freelance writing – and I only wrote part-time. People were always asking me how I stayed motivated to write, and why I won freelancing gigs for magazines such as Women’s Health, Reader’s Digest, and Woman’s Day. I received more writing contracts than I could handle – I turned down web writing offers because I wanted to focus on blogging and writing my ebooks. I wrote this ebook to share what I know about writing discipline and motivation. But it’s not just my tips in this ebook! I interviewed dozens of freelance writers, journalism professors, novelists, and successful bloggers. The result? An ebook that will inspire you to write today – and every day until you get published. . .
More Reader Reviews
“Pawlik-Kienlen cheers writers towards the finish line and administering doses of tough love. 73 Ways to Fire Up the Muse contains shades of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, the inspirational and instructional book that graces many a writer’s bookshelf.” . “Since Fire Up the Muse shows readers how to overcome obstacles that prevent them from writing, rather than how to actually write, it appeals to a wide range of writers, from novelists and poets to journalists and copywriters.” ~ Susan Johnston . “Something is holding me back from submitting query letters to magazine editors. Your tips for overcoming fear were exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you.” ~ Jonathan H. .
Table of Contents
Chapter I: Solutions for Slow Starters
- 1.1 “I Don’t Have Time to Write!” ~ 5 Tips for Whipping Up Your Productivity
- 1.2 “Who Cares What I Think, Anyway?” ~ 5 Ways to Build a Healthy Ego
- 1.3 “What if I’m Not Good Enough?” ~ 5 Tips for Surviving Fear of Rejection
- 1.4 “I Have No Ideas – Nothing to Write About” ~ 4 Ways to Inspire Creativity
- 1.5 “I’ll Never be Austen, Tolkien, or Seuss” ~ 5 Tips for Finding Your Voice
Chapter II: Tips for Writers Who Keep Getting Distracted
- 2.1 “I’m Overwhelmed! Where Do I Start?” ~ 5 Ways to Get & Stay Organized
- 2.2 “I Have No Self-Discipline” ~ 5 Tips for Achieving Your Writing Goals
- 2.3 “I Have to Iron My Socks & Sheets” ~ 5 Ways to Overcome Procrastination
- 2.4 “What If Everyone Hates My Stuff?” ~ 5 Ways to Develop the Skin of a Rhino
- 2.5 “I’m Scared I’ll Never Get Published” ~ 5 Tips for Trouncing Fear of Failure
Chapter III: Tips for Tying Up Loose Ends
- 3.1 “What If I Do Get Published?” ~ 5 Tips for Overcoming Fear of Success
- 3.2 “I Sent It, But Forgot the “e” in Shite!” ~ 5 Ways to Conquer Perfectionism
- 3.3 “But Editors Keep Rejecting Me” ~ 5 Tips for Surviving Failures
- 3.4 “I Won’t Get Published Until I’m 99” ~ 4 Ways to Cope With Uncertainty
- 3.5 “45 Seconds?! But I Want It Now!” ~ 5 Things to Do While You Wait
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