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The Gift of Writing Time

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“Think of it as your own personal writing retreat.” That was the advice my husband gave me when I found out work would be sending me away for three months. And it is advice which has been fueling my creative tank for 90 days.

This I what I’ve always wanted. Time away from the obligation of family, without the distraction of TV, video games, and social media. Time to just… write.

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What Will My Book Career Look Like?

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Recently I’ve been doing a lot of research into the self-publishing industry. First, because I have made a handful of author friends who are self-published and I want to know more about the process. Secondly, because I might consider it for myself someday.

I certainly won’t know if it is something I might be interested in unless I do my homework.

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The Truth Behind Bad Writing Advice

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It is easy to turn to the internet for some quick advice on the writing experience. It is just as easy to fall prey to bad advice if you don’t know what to look for.

First, a little background. Once every year or so the twitter writing community will get flooded with some bad writing advice that everyone will give their hot take on. This week the writing community seems to be flooded with it more than normal.

Everyone has an opinion, but how do you know which one is the right?

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New Year New Writing Goals

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I know December was lacking as far as blog updates go, but I was still in recovery mode from November. Now I’m trying to get back in the swing of things and what better way than setting new writing goals for myself and reflecting on the accomplishments of the last year.

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Rejections and Moving Forward

Welcome back, everyone! I’ve returned from an exhausting but amazing trip to Japan. For this trip, I made the conscious decision not to bring my laptop. It was painful and I probably won’t be doing that again, but it also allowed me to disconnect from my current WIPs and come back with fresh eyes.

But while I was disconnected I still received emails on my phone.   I’m still waiting for that day when I get a little ‘Ping’ and an email that requests a full manuscript. Unfortunately, all I received was another rejection and news that I did not make the finals for a contest I entered.

I won’t lie, it was a bummer.

But it means I can keep moving forward.

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Fear Is the Writing Killer

We have a lot to be fearful of this year. Democracy seems to be crumbling around us, the stories women share in the #metoo movement have me shivering, and I’ve finally decided to complete my Masters degree. SCARY!

In recent months all of these things have resulted in my anxiety and depression hitting new peaks. But, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this year is all about facing my fears!

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Writing While You Travel

I’ve just come back from a long trip to Japan and getting over the inevitable post-travel flu. Bleh. But while I was there I still needed to keep up with my homework AND one of my critique partners sent me her notes on my manuscript. So I was chipping away at that. So a post about writing while traveling seems appropriate.

As writers, we often use every excuse possible for why we didn’t get our word counts in. I have to work out. I work a full-time job. I’m on vacation. Believe me, these are the thoughts that consume me ALL THE TIME. Especially when the full-time job sends me on trips.

For some writers, traveling is a dreaded word, because you just know you’re not going to get any work done. At the same time a good number of authors I follow travel all the time and still manage to write a book every year. Time management is important but also you need to figure out how to make traveling work for you.

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