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The World of Self-Publishing – Good or Bad?

As part of my writing journey through hell I discovered the world of self-publishing. Is it good or bad? Well, here is what I have found, thus far: My self-publishing has been limited to Amazon KDP. My first book, Nicholas’ Story, was published back in 2013. To date I have sold very few copies. The… Continue reading The World of Self-Publishing – Good or Bad?

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Unique Ways to Combat Writer’s Block and Unleash Your Imagination

As a writer I am always looking for the right words, the best topics, and top ideas. However, like any writer, I occasionally suffer from blocks of, well, writer’s block. It can be frustrating, to say the least, and there were times I would go days, even weeks, unable to think of a thing to write about. Even to the point of contemplating giving up on writing altogether. In fact, writer’s block was always a big part of my writing journey through hell. Until, however, recently, when I found some ways that helped me unblock my writer’s block almost every time. One key factor I learned is that relaxing the mind is the best and only way to combat writer’s block and unleash the imagination. Here are a few ways that work for me and I hope one or more of these ways can help you also. Watch Television– Curling up in front of a good movie is a great way to generate ideas and even hear some words or phrases that might joggle the mind and find a story behind it. The daily news is also a great way to find new topics and ideas. Take a Drive– Nothing for me is more relaxing than taking a long drive. It’s a great way to relax my mind (it’s even more relaxing if hubby is driving) and I often come home with a chunk of writing ideas. Some of them get trashed, some get used. Meditate– No, I do not mean sitting on the floor in the lotus position and chanting. I’m talking about finding a quiet, comfortable, distraction-free environment where you can completely relax your mind and clear your thoughts. For me, I go into my bedroom, shut the door and lie on the bed. I think of nothing in particular and I try to clear my mind. Yes, I often fall asleep, but after a nice nap I’m ready to start pounding at the keyboard. These are just a few ways that I found that help me when I just can’t seem to find the right words or come up with a good story idea. I hope they help you too. Writer’s block is very unpleasant and can be stressful if working with a deadline. Finding a way to clear and relax your mind is key to unleashing your imagination. For more unique ways to combat writer’s block, please check out my article, “Ten Unique Ways to Unblock Writer’s Block.” Until next time, happy writing!

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The Busy Writer’s Schedule – How to Say “NO” and Get Some Work Done!

I wish I could say that my days were busy because I had too many paid writing gigs to work on. Unfortunately, that would be a lie. My days were filled with babysitting grandchildren, taking someone somewhere, and just plain doing for others – all the time. Nobody seemed to take it serious that I’m… Continue reading The Busy Writer’s Schedule – How to Say “NO” and Get Some Work Done!

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Should You Write for Online Content Mills? The Real Deal on Content Mills

When I began freelance writing two decades ago I didn’t have a computer and there was no Internet. But when the world of online started (for me, it was back in 1999) I was thrilled with all the so-called opportunities for writers to make money. Being desperate to earn a living as a writer, I… Continue reading Should You Write for Online Content Mills? The Real Deal on Content Mills

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Self-Published – Now What?

Part of my writing journey through hell has been getting published. In the beginning, twenty-some years ago, I was published as a newspaper columnist just two months after deciding that I wanted to write for a living. Piece of cake, I thought. Fast forward to 2015. Getting published is even easier. With all the free… Continue reading Self-Published – Now What?