All posts tagged: writing wisdom

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 …

Escapades of an Indie Author & Publisher by Rachael Ritchey: 7 Ways Blogging Makes You a Better Creative Writer:

*Welcome to this week’s addition Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal. It is my pleasure to pass the pen off to blogger,  Rachael Ritchey, the author of The Beauty Theif and Captive Hope, the first two books in the Twelve Realms Series. Rachael is also the mastermind behind the #Blogbattle extravaganza that competes weekly. All are welcome to participate. To find out more about Rachael, you can do so by following her on these platforms:   Where to friend and follow Rachael: Website/blog —  Facebook — Twitter —  Pinterest — Google+ — Goodreads And now without futher ado here is Rachael and: Escapades of an Indie Author & Publisher: 7 Ways Blogging Makes You a Better Creative Writer First off, I gotta say thanks to Candice for this chance to share on her blog! It’s not every day I get the opportunity, and she is a lovely hostess. If there’s one piece of advice I could tell you today, it’s this: I write, therefore I blog. I hear the “huh?” reverberating through the air. Rene Descartes said these famous words: “I think, therefore I am.” It’s generally …

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: 6 Harmful Creative Writing Untruths & 7 Truths to Keep in Mind

Being creative is a gift. Whether you are a dancer, a vocalist, a painter or even a landscape architect, you will run into a wall-of-lies that will try to eat away at your creative growth and momentum. Here are 6 lies that I find most of us writers face in regard to our manuscripts and craft, and 7 truths to keep the lies at bay. 1. My story is too long: Sure, very few people want to read a dictionary but the reality is, you aren’t even close to that large a tome. Truth to keep in mind: Babies always lose a few ounces just after birth. First drafts will do the same with word count after you begin editing and revising. So just allow your creative juices to flow, write what comes to mind, and do some trimming later. Build your house first, before you start tearing down walls. 2. My story is too short: Your story may be a novella or even a short story and not a full-length novel at all. Truth to …