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Helping to polish what your passion pens.

Why writing is EXACTLY like running, except for the part about words

The Red Pen of Doom

Most of the folks who follow this silly blog are creative types–novelists, editors, journalists, photographers and other brilliant, beautiful people.

So let’s talk about creativity.

Are the arts a habit? Or does the muse randomly descend upon your noggin, so long as you make the right sacrifices and entreaties?

Though my love for the muse is strong, I’m making the case for habit.

All the way.

Because writing–and other creative work–is a hell of a lot like running. Here’s why.

1) The more you do it, the easier it gets

You can take classes about writing (or running), read books, watch videos and listen to experts.

In the end, though, there’s no substitute to getting off your duff and doing it.

And the more you write, or run, the easier it gets.

The first time you run a mile, or write something Serious, it’s painful.

Sometimes so painful that you question…

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How to create genuinely unique character voices

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I’ve been a causal user of ProWritingAid for quite a while and find the editor helpful. Although no editor (AI or human) is perfect, ProWritingAid’s suggested edits are parsed out by category so writers can focus on one element at a time. And that, in my opinion, makes edits less intimidating. They’ve made some updates to the program, but I haven’t played with most of the new features yet.

Now that school is back in session, why not grab a lifetime license. It’s a good investment even for causal users like myself. The linked article has a coupon code.

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One man’s love letter to romance authors and readers

The Red Pen of Doom

Listen: romance novels don’t get enough respect.

Not for the amazing army of authors. Not for the editors and literary agents.

And not for the millions of loyal readers.

That should change. Here’s why:

1) The world needs books more than ever

If you care about ideas and words, you should care about books.

Newspapers and magazines are below books on the food chain of ideas and insights. I say this as a former journalist who bleeds newsprint if you cut me.

Only books give a writer enough space and time to truly dive deep into a topic.

Every library is an arsenal of liberty and each book is a foot soldier in the war against ignorance, apathy and hate.

We need books more than ever, with propaganda, misinformation and tyrants—or wannabe tyrants—one the rise around the world.

Books matter. When it comes to ideas, they are irreplaceable.

Oh, television and movies…

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“Ways To Write (Part 2): The Pomodoro Technique”

6 Tips for Finishing Your First Draft | A Well Told Story

Tackling a first draft can be a serious challenge! Here are six tips to help you power through and finish your draft–and maybe even have some fun too!

Source: 6 Tips for Finishing Your First Draft | A Well Told Story

“Ways To Write (Part 4): Writing Weekend”

The First Book: Six Lessons from a Debut Author

Here are my favorite of the 6:

TIP #4: FEELINGS SCHMEELINGS!

Your work ethic should have nothing to do with how you feel, or whatever else is going on in your life. Feelings come and go. Situations change. You work ethic, however, is a constant because it is an attitude. A good work ethic is one that commits you to a realistic routine suited to your goals and situation. …

TIP #5: WAITING TIME IS WASTED TIME

Don’t have time to write? Waiting for inspiration – or an ideal situation? Well, as the saying goes, time is not something that you have – it’s something that you make. Likewise, situations don’t write – people do. …

TIP #6: CONFIDENCE IS A VERB

Like time, confidence is not necessarily something that you have. To avoid crippling self-doubt, pretend confidence is a verb – something that you do. Understand that confidence doesn’t come from self-regard (that’s arrogance). It comes from showing yourself what you’re capable of by trying things. Hence the age-old advice: ‘Fake it till you make it.’ …

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. –Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett

Read all of the tips here:

https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2018/06/12/the-first-book-six-lessons-from-a-debut-author/

Louise Meriwether First Book Prize— Feminist Press

SUBMISSION WINDOW CLOSES JUNE 30, 2018

There is just a couple of days left to enter, so put this contest on your calendar to be ready to submit next year.

This one is for women of color and nonbinary people of color who haven’t yet published a book.

Check it out!

https://www.feministpress.org/louise-meriwether-first-book-prize/

Deadline Approaching (6/30/18): Pages From The Heart Contest 2018

CONTEST IS FOR RWA MEMBERS ONLY

A lot of us dream of adding “Award-Winning Author” to our electronic signature. Here’s another shot at a title. This one is open to RWA members only and for unpublished manuscripts. Putting yourself out there for criticism is terrifying, but it’s also immensely rewarding. The entry fee is equal to a night at the movies, at least where I live when I calculate parking, the ticket, and snacks. There isn’t much to lose and a whole lot to gain. See the link below for submission guidelines.

GO FOR IT!

Submission period June 1 – June 30, 2018. Entry Electronic entry will be no more than the first 6,000 words of your original, unpublished, and uncontracted work-in-progress or completed manuscript. Eligibility – Published Author: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2018. Self-published authors are welcome. The manuscript must be your original work. – Unpublished Author: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by June 30, 2018). The manuscript must be your original work. Pages from the Heart Contest is open to RWA Members only. Previous winners of the Pages from the Heart contest may not re-enter the same manuscript during the 2018 contest. All other finalists may enter the same manuscript as they had in previous years. Contest Categories Contemporary Novel – SHORT: (category romance, includes Novel with

Source: Pages From The Heart Contest 2018

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