Monday, 12 April 2021

How to Have Confidence in Your Writing

 One of the big problems with being a writer is getting criticised because it can no only hurt your feelings, but it can eat away at your confidence.

The ‘trick’ to overcome these feelings is to realise that not everything is about you. Not everyone will enjoy reading what you write but that’s ok because you’re not writing for them.

There’s a lot of advice for writers like “know who you’re writing to,” and “know your audience.” But not all writers do this unless they’re copywriters and need to market directly to customers who are going to buy their products.

Writing should be enjoyable, so if you want to write, just write.

When I first began, I had an ugly website and never thought about who my intended audience was, yet I hit the ground running and was quickly earning decent money and had thousands of website visitors and a huge list of subscribers.

I also earned money writing articles for other websites, magazines, and I wrote a couple of ebooks that sold really well too.

And I think my ‘secret’ to having such confidence to do it all, was that I was simply enjoying myself.

Did I get criticised? You bet. Did I care? Nope. I did at first but I quickly realised that there are a lot of angry people in the world that I can do nothing about, so I simply blocked them from my email address and my website and carried on.

My other ‘secret’ was that I wrote a lot and constantly submitted short stores, proposals for articles, and I always wrote for my website as well.

I simply got on with it.

And so should you.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

How to Always Have Time to Write

 I was reading a book recently and the author spoke about the importance of time and how it’s all we really have because our lives are made up of the things we do and the time it takes to do them.

The most interesting thing he said was that we often don’t do things because we think we don’t have enough time. But the time that we think we don’t have is going to pass anyway so we may as well use it.

This got me thinking about often I’ve used this excuse myself to not start things, including writing projects. And the truth is, that once I start something, I’m amazed at how much I can get done in a short time.

I also recently read an interview with actress Kathy Bates and she was talking about how she changed to a plant-based diet a few years ago to help her beat cancer.

She said that people often ask her how she had the willpower to do it because it took a long time, but not only did she beat the cancer, she also lost a lot of weight and looks amazing. And she said that she didn’t believe in willpower but she does believe in determination.

And I thought, wow. She’s right. Saying ‘I just don’t have the willpower’ makes it sound like it’s not your fault. But being determined to do something makes you own it.

So be determined.

Start things.

Because the time it takes is going to pass by anyway so you may as well use it on things that matter.

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Thursday, 8 April 2021

How to Eliminate Writer's Block in Just 5 Minutes

 A few days ago I was reading a popular post on Twitter about how writers buy a lot of notebooks but never use them, and there were so many comments from writers saying that it's EXACTLY what they do all the time but they thought they were the only ones. But haha, I think we all do it. I know I do.

For me, the reason is that I think that buying a new notebook will inspire me to write more, and get rid of any writer's block. But by the time I get home with my new notebook, the ecstatic feelings have gone and I put my new notebook away, promising myself that I'll write in it soon.

I wish that buying a new notebook did make me write and earn more, but it isn't true, no matter how much I want it to be so. The only way that having a new notebook makes me write more is if I've got an idea burning in my brain and I'm not at home, so I have to buy a notebook and start writing in it straight away, which means it's not the notebook that inspired me but the idea running around in my frantic monkey mind.

But there is something that always gets me writing straight away, even when I think I don't feel like writing.

And that is to just sit down and start writing. Sometimes I journal, or re-read my work from yesterday and make corrections, or browse ideas in my ideas notebook, or start reading a book and take notes, or get out a great piece of writing by an author I admire and write it by hand to get a feel for it.

Or maybe I'll write something else. It doesn't matter what it is as long as I just start.

I also don't allow myself to get distracted by anti-social media or online surfing.

So if you're stuck and can't get past writer's block, just sit down and start writing. Write anything.

And if you're like me, within 5 minutes you'll be immersed in your work, brimming with ideas, and inspired to write - especially if you have a new notebook. :)

Don't believe it can work?

Try it.

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Writing News, Opportunities and Competitions April 2021

To help with inspiring you to write and earn more money this month, I've gathered a list of writing news,  plus a couple of free writing competitions and freelance opportunities.

Enjoy. :)

Bookselling Ireland calls for Taoiseach to make bookshops 'essential'
Bookselling Ireland has asked that bookshops be classed as "essential" retail and allowed to open, or be granted special dispensation to offer click and collect services.

Books Most Wanted Banned in 2020
The American Library Association reported more than 270 challenges to books in 2020, from Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” compared to 377 the year before.

Free Short Story Competition
Your Story #111
Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt provided. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc. Whatever you want.
The winner receives publication Writers Digest Magazine. No monetary payment, but a great addition to a resume to be published in such a prestigious magazine.
Deadline: 26th April 2021

Coping with the Monkey Mind
Having a monkey mind is a meditation term indicating an “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable” mind — is one of the biggest obstacles to meditation and mindfulness practice in Buddhism - and writing.

It’s Not About Routine, But About Practice
If you find yourself unable to stick to a writing routine, remember it's more important to keep up the practice of writing daily, rather than trying to stick to the exact time you do it.

Free Writing Competition
Imagine 2200—Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors (worldwide)
Imagine 2200 calls for short stories (3,000–5,000 words) that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What will our planet look like in the year 2200 — or anywhere between then and now? How will we move around the cities of the future? What will we eat, drink, wear, use, and live in? 
$3,000 first prize, $2,000 second, $1,000 third, plus 9 x $300 prizes
Deadline: April 12  2021- be quick

Bedtime Stories Wanted For Mslexia
A submission slot for short stories written to be read aloud to a child at bedtime. They can be on any subject, but no more than 250 words long, please.
Deadline for online submissions: April 12 2021 - be quick

Children's Books Are Dominating The Market
The Corona Virus panic has caused a surge in the sale of children's books as parents look for ways to keep their kids educated and entertained at home. See what's selling.

JK Rowling’s Writing Process
Have you ever wondered how JK Rowling does it? Ever wondered what her writing process is that helps her to pump out so many successful books? Here are 9 principles that may help and inspire you.

What Is Developmental Editing?
What makes it different from other kinds of editing, like line editing, copy editing, or proofreading?

Freelance Ghostwriter Needed for a Dog Website
"We’re looking for a skilled writer who can help us expand our site. We have hundreds of topic ideas that we’re ready to start producing. For this, we need a writer with some experience with dogs."
Payment is 4 cents/word for articles ranging from 1,250 to 3,750 words, writing 3 to 4 articles/month.

Now it's time to write, submit, earn money, and enjoy.