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Why Is Our Journey So Hard?

July 23, 2015 Writing Stuff
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One of the things I mentioned last time to soften the frustration we might feel for not reaching our goal yet is that life is a journey. There is no finish line. So if we’re constantly comparing where we are now with where we want to be for our goals or dreams and being frustrated about that gap, our life will feel lacking. Always.

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Are You Dreaming or Doing?

July 21, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Every time we start a new journey, we’re likely full of dreams based on the potential of that new phase. There’s nothing wrong with those dreams, but they are just the first step. A harsh truth is that most people won’t reach their dreams because there’s such a gap between wanting something and making it happen.

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What 5 Years of Blogging Has Taught Me about Writing

July 16, 2015 Writing Stuff
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People tend to like nice round numbers like 5s and 10s, so reaching the five-year point on my blog feels like a major milestone. That means now might be a good time to look back at what I’ve learned over those five years, and share what those lessons might tell us about the rest of our writing career.

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Blogiversary Winners & Writing Flexibility

July 14, 2015 News
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Some writers can find themselves paralyzed by the thought of needing to get their first draft “right.” That’s crazy-making, however. A draft—a first draft especially—is a tool to help us discover the story we want to tell, the characters we want to meet, and the themes we want to explore. That’s it.

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Formatting: From Manuscript to a Print Book with MS Word

June 2, 2015 Writing Stuff
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There’s nothing like being able to hold your book in your hands to make this “being published” thing feel real, but print publishing can require us to make countless decisions. So even if we’re not ready for print publishing yet, it doesn’t hurt to think about these issues in advance.

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Do You Have a Publishing Plan?

May 7, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Those of you who have been following my publishing process might be wondering why the one book I have out so far is free. After all, it costs money—potentially lots of money—to publish a book. Let’s take a look at a publishing plan for when it might make sense to give our books away for free.

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Revision Technique: Why Did You Do That?

April 28, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Everything we write should be intentional—the words we use, the events we emphasize, the emotions we evoke, the themes we build, etc. But when our writing doesn’t match our intentions, we might need trusted feedback that forces us to justify our choices.

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What Kind of Advice Works for You?

April 23, 2015 Random Musings
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There’s no “one right way” in publishing. We can probably all think of ways that don’t work, but there are often several paths that do lead to success. The same applies to encouragement advice. We often see two kinds of encouragement in the writing world: pushy and sympathetic. Either way can work, depending on who we are at this moment in time.

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Picking Editors: What Do You Need from Your Editor?

April 21, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Last week, we talked about the different kinds of editing and editors, and we also talked about how to evaluate editors. Now let’s dig deeper into some of the variations we might encounter when evaluating editors. By understanding these variations, we might better be able to find our perfect match.

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Picking Editors: How to Evaluate Potential Editors

April 16, 2015 Writing Stuff
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When we need to open our wallet for editing services, we want to make sure that we’re spending our money on quality editing for our needs. Let’s see if we can come up with tips, questions, and processes that will help us evaluate editors for our needs.

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