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Writing When Word Weary: Why You shouldn’t Do It

*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015 You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book. Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it. Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace. What in the world is happening?! You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.) First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke. You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a …

Remembering Compassion While Fulfilling Your Passion: Guest Post by Phoenix Grey

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal.” This week, I have the pleasure of turning over the pad and pen to a wonderful blogger and writer Phoenix Grey. Bio: “I have been writing seriously for the past three years, though I don’t have anything published beyond what’s on my blog. I write fantasy fiction, and sometimes science fiction. I love to share my stories, and I love to read anything I come across. Words are what I feel comfortable with, they take me to other worlds and inspire me every day.” To find out more about Phoenix Grey you can do so by following her on these social media platforms: Blog: phoenixgrey85.wordpress.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/phoenixgrey85 Now on to her amazing offering of wisdom! Compassion In Writing by Phoenix Grey One thing I’ve learned about writing is that it requires commitment. Especially for big projects like novels. It takes time. It takes passion. The best advice I’ve received is to write every day, but what when this isn’t possible? What when you’ve set yourself a …

5 Benefits of Participating in Writing Prompts: Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal

Writing prompt: (In my opinion is) The Creative springboard or theme from which a story is directed or born…In less fancy words, it is a writer willingly giving up creative control of their imaginative ideas in order to grow through the ‘prompting’ of someone else’s. I don’t know about you, but I really love writing prompts. Writing prompts do two things simultaneously; they cause us to surrender control while incubating our process in a controlled environment. Writing prompts create boundaries while enabling us to write with inhibition of our previously set creative  ‘boundaries.’ Through them, we sample other flavors of genre and creativity while learning to laugh again, gaining a creative adrenaline boost that comes from facing a challenge, whether it’s through the boundaries of a time-limit, word limit, or even theme or opening lines. If you want to grow your creative writing muscles, keep them toned, participate in a weekly writing prompt. Here are 5 benefits of doing so: 1. You know that you will have something to write about: Sometimes it seems our creative wells run …

Bolstering Your Chances For the Win: Tips for Online Writing Contest Guest Post by Joe Baldwin

Welcome to this week’s edition of Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal. This week I have the pleasure of introducing Joe Baldwin. To find out more about Joe, you can do so by reading his bio that follows this article. Now, here’s Joe! A Number of Behaviors That Will Bolster Your Chances of Bagging That Elusive Online Writing Contest Prize by Joe Baldwin I get it. You had summoned all your might and finesse in furnishing the best draft you turned in on one of the critically acclaimed writing institutions today, but to no avail. You probably received a heart-wrenching email, thanking you for your valiant effort and saying “it’s not what we’re really looking for”. While you cannot always ensure your triumph in online essay writing contests (i.e., having its prize pegged at some thousands of dollars with unlimited online exposure), you always have the power to at least make a good account of your written craft. How do you help yourself to win it all? Below is my personal take. Proper scouting Before you pitch …

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Blog

Having a blog requires maintenance just like most things in our lives. If you own a car and expect it to run at full peak and power you need to make sure that you have it tuned-up, the oil changed, tires rotated etc. If you own a house, you need to keep the gutters clean, make sure your air filters are changed on a proper schedule…you need to clean the house period. Goodness, even our own bodies need regular maintenance and the occasional sprucing to ensure we look and feel our best and operate at our highest and best capacity. The same goes for our blogs. When our blogs lose their ‘new-car-smell’ and fall dull where they used to have a bright luster, we lose our focus to create our post. We lose our drive in the dust of a neglected blog platform. We lose that magic that called us to blogging in the first place. The good news is that we don’t have to! HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO SPRUCE THINGS UP AND KEEP YOUR BLOG …

3 Simple Rules of Writing Well: Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal

Being a committed writer requires the following of 3 simple rules. Some might think they are related to grammar, or content, or even word count. Although all these things have their precious place, they are NOT the most important rules of writing. Rule Number 1. WRITE: Yes, that’s right. It’s your right to write, so write! It sounds like an easy thing to do, but if you’ve spent any length of time polishing your craft and you realize that you do have other life obligations to attend to, you already know that writing is not as simple as it sounds. Rule number 2. WRITE DAILY: Again with those life obligations like eating, bathing, working…These things are necessary but they eat into our time. Thus, we have to make writing daily a priority if we are ever to finish any project. Rule number 3. WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW: This happens to be my favorite because when you think about it, the concept of ‘writing what you know’ for a fiction writer, especially those of us who focus on …

7 Ways You Know its Time to Explore a New Writing Genre

When we finally heed the great call to be a word-weaving fiction writer, one of the first things we do is take up the mantle of  a specific genre. For some writers, one road, one genre, is all we need to feel fulfilled and a success in our craft. For others of us, we start with tunnel vision, focused solely on a specific genre only to find our ‘vision’ to blur and we begin to see double or even more than double. What’s going on? What may be happening is that our creativity is developing and expanding from a one-way road to a multiple lane highway. One genre just won’t do. Our creative juices need more avenues through which to flow. Here are 7 signs that show us its time to try a new genre on for size: 1. Your current genre seems to be in a rut and your creativity is hinting at spicing things up a bit by adding a touch of another genre.  For example, science fiction alone was great, but for …

5 Ways to know You are on the Road to Writing Maturity: Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal

Writing. We don’t just do it because we love it. Most of us do it because we have to. The blessing of this ‘have to’ is that we actually enjoy it. What I find most enjoyable are the moments I realize I’ve gained a greater level of freedom with my craft as I mature into my craft. So how does one know they have achieved greater levels of maturity? Here are 5 helpful hints: 1. You are no longer concerned with the timelines of others: So what your writer friend has successfully published 2 books within the last year and you have yet to dish out your debut novel.  A ‘good-for-them’ is not a ‘bad-for-you’. They aren’t your competition. ‘Keeping up with the Jones’ or for Millennials, the  ‘Kardashians’ is NOT an issue for you. You’ve learned to write at your own pace and respect the flow of your creativity, while celebrating the successes and milestones of others. You realize your only competition is your own potential. Are you achieving it? 2. You no longer …

The Origin of Ideas & How I Capture Them: Guest Post with Simon

Welcome to this week’s edition of Wisdom From the Writer’s Journal. This week I have the pleasure of passing the ‘pen & pad’ to my blogging pal, Simon of Planet Simon. Just to get you all acquainted, Simon would like to share a bit about himself, and how you can get in contact with him. Bio: I’m Simon and I’m an engineer from the UK who’s recently found a love of writing. I write for mainly the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. I currently have no books to my name but I’m writing short stories and perfecting my craft as I go.   I’m currently working on my first book but as this is new and I’m trying to do this right progress is slow. But I’m always having new ideas and making sure I keep them safe so that one day I can turn the seed into a great tree! Links to find me are: Planet Simon- http://www.sfarnell.wordpress.com http://www.Universeofpossibility.wordpress.com For my email – come and visit my sites, where you should find my email …

5 Ways You Know That Your Current Manuscript is Golden

Are you writing a novel? Have you tried to in the past? Then you already know the emotional rollercoaster you put yourself on each time your fingers touch your keyboard. Rollercoasters. You either love them or hate them, but one thing most people have when they are disembarking from the up and down journey is a feeling of satisfaction for having taken the challenge. Here are 5 feelings or ways, we writers know that our writing journey and our current manuscript has been a GOLDEN one and that we have met our challenges with victory. 1. When the majority of your Beta-Readers have given you at least 4 out of 5 stars after they’ve read it and you still have revisions yet to do to turn it into a 5 star word-woven masterpiece. 2. Your story no longer feels like a soup stock missing some unknown ingredient to make it better. The taste is spot on and makes you hungry for more. 3. You’ve managed to have peace over the lines and scenes you were instructed to either …