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Career Planning for Writers

Branding and goal planning. Sample topics: deciding on your goals and priorities, branding issues, entrepreneurship, platform building and ownership, series vs. stand-alone stories, etc.

Are There Story Elements You Avoid Writing?

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The stories we write are affected by our worldview, but that’s not the only thing that might make us avoid writing about certain elements. By looking at the other reasons we might have, we can decide whether our avoidance makes sense or points out an opportunity to improve.

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February 23, 2017

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Writing Goals: Discovering What Works for Us

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Several debates have come and gone on the publishing landscape. Plotters vs. pantsers, self-published vs. traditionally published, etc. I’ve always said that people should find whatever works for them, but what if we don’t know what that might be?

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January 10, 2017

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Too Many Demands? Find Balance — Guest: Christina Delay

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The vast majority of people feel overly busy, which can make us lose sight of our big-picture goals and purpose in life. But Christina Delay is here to help us identify what we really want and visualize how we might need to re-prioritize our time to match our goals.

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November 17, 2016

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7 Steps to Making Envy Work for You — Guest: Red L. Jameson

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At some point in our writing journey, we’re likely to get discouraged, but we don’t have to stay that way. Yet overcoming discouragement can be a lot of work, so Red L. Jameson is here with us today to share how to turn envy into something that will give us strength and help us on our journey.

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November 8, 2016

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The Business of Writing: Pen Names — Guest: Kathryn Goldman

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One of the things we struggle with as artists is handling the business side of writing. Today, Kathryn Goldman, an intellectual property attorney, is sharing insights on the business considerations for using pen names, whether for branding, copyright, or even content protection purposes.

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September 29, 2016

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Writer Goals: Quitting the “Evil” Day Job

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Many new writers define “being a writer” as writing full-time, as though having day job equals an admission of failure or demonstrates a lack of professionalism. However, most writers do have day jobs, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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September 20, 2016

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