Tag Archives: inner voice

Five Awful Things My Work-In-Progress Says To Me And What I Say Back

I have a work-in-progress and I think it hates me. Every day I sit down with this project, set my timer, turn on the music, spend way too much time thinking about font, size, and color, and then work at least an hour. When I sit down with it, I feel it come alive. It … Continue reading Five Awful Things My Work-In-Progress Says To Me And What I Say Back

10 Ways To Lift Yourself Out of That Writing Funk

    Being in a funk comes with the writing territory. Because writers are already of the sensitive, angsty type, we are the first to fall into a depressive funk. At best, these funks slow us down and sap our motivation. At their worst, the blues can paralyze your creativity completely. You could be so … Continue reading 10 Ways To Lift Yourself Out of That Writing Funk

10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer

This is one of my favorite blog posts. I’m bringing it back from 2014 because I think we could all use a fresh reminder!  We don’t get in this business to be comfortable. We get in this business because the drive to create is bigger than the drive to be accepted. It takes guts and … Continue reading 10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer

Top Ten Things I Did Right Last Year That Made All The Difference

Happy New Year!  I’m so glad we’re starting over with a fresh, shiny new year. 2016 has a lot of hope and promise. 2015 wasn’t too shabby for me personally, but I did suffer the fallout of some of the decisions that I made in 2014.  2014 was the first year that I stood up … Continue reading Top Ten Things I Did Right Last Year That Made All The Difference

Top Ten Things To Do If You Feel Burned Out As A Writer

My 2015 was full. I released three books. I spoke two times. I attended four live book selling events. I launched a podcast. I was featured on three other podcasts. I wrote more than 365,000 words (that averaged 1000 words a day).  I was successful in Nanowrimo, writing my 50,000 words. I launched my weekly … Continue reading Top Ten Things To Do If You Feel Burned Out As A Writer

Why I Stopped Journaling And How It’s Made Me Happier and Healthier

Once, a long time ago, I thought that my journals had magical powers. Journals, were, since I had started writing in one at age 14, a place were all my feels (and believe me, I had a lot of feels) were safe. My journals were a place that I could take out my feels.  I could … Continue reading Why I Stopped Journaling And How It’s Made Me Happier and Healthier

Who Are We? A Existential Rambling From A Novelist Who Should Probably Know Better

Who are we? What is our identity? These are big questions that haven’t been fully answered by the wisest men. But I’d like to suggest that we are more than our genders, more than our hobbies, more than our avatars, more than our homes, more than our children, more than our possessions. I ask this … Continue reading Who Are We? A Existential Rambling From A Novelist Who Should Probably Know Better

Why I Write: A Guest Post By Carolyn Astfalk

I only recently pondered why I write. I simply knew that I had to write, so I did. My love affair with the written word started with clumsily-illustrated stories and spelling bees and grew to student newspapers in grade school, high school, and college. My affection for pen and ink led me to try my hand at calligraphy. During summer visits, I … Continue reading Why I Write: A Guest Post By Carolyn Astfalk

Why I Write By Katharine Grubb, Founder 10 Minute Novelists

   You may have been like me. You may have always needed to write. You may have been like me and you had five children under eight years old and all you could think about is a story.  Or maybe you wondered why if you could tell a funny story about a bunny at bath time, … Continue reading Why I Write By Katharine Grubb, Founder 10 Minute Novelists

#Top10Tuesday: Top Ten Exercises To Determine Your Raison D’Etre As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

What Do I Write About? I firmly believe that the use of fancy French phrases (and also alliteration) makes one an excellent writer. Oh, I kid. But really, we should kinda know what we want when we set out to become a rich and famous writer. . But if you don’t know who you are, … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday: Top Ten Exercises To Determine Your Raison D’Etre As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

Five Lessons For Prose Writers From Poetry: A Guest Post by Elizabeth Buege

I’m a wordaholic. I love to work with words in as many different ways as possible, so right now, I’m a writing teacher, a freelance editor, and a writer. For all that I’m hooked on words, though, I’m definitely not is a poet. I read poetry, but I can’t find the patience to write my … Continue reading Five Lessons For Prose Writers From Poetry: A Guest Post by Elizabeth Buege

#Top10Tuesday Top Ten Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself That Will Help Make You More Successful

In February, I posted, Top 10 Things You Could Be Saying To Yourself That Will Guarantee Your Failure As A Writer  Today I want to do the opposite! 1. Everybody Makes Mistakes.  This is huge! You need to be reminded that every successful writer has a team behind them of editors, agents and publishers that help them … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself That Will Help Make You More Successful

The Single Best Writing Advice (Too Bad I Don’t Always Follow It)

We’ve heard it before, write what you know. Or, write every day. Or, READ! READ! READ! And while that is all very good advice, and you should follow it fervently, it’s still not the best.One of the best pieces of advice I was given in college was this: Never compare yourself to others.  If you do, you’ll compare their … Continue reading The Single Best Writing Advice (Too Bad I Don’t Always Follow It)

Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself a Guest Post by Jude Knight

When this post goes live, Valentine’s Day will be right around the corner, which is good, because this post is about love. Not romantic love, of course. Did you know that the Feast of St Valentine originally commemorated two or three different saints, and was associated with the beginning of Spring? The connection between Valentine … Continue reading Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself a Guest Post by Jude Knight