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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs¬†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‚Äôs¬†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‚Äôs¬†block¬†almost¬†every¬†time.¬†One¬†key¬†factor¬†I¬†learned¬†is¬†that¬†relaxing¬†the¬†mind¬†is¬†the¬†best¬†and¬†only¬†way¬†to¬†combat¬†writer‚Äôs¬†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‚Äôs¬†a¬†great¬†way¬†to¬†relax¬†my¬†mind¬†(it‚Äôs¬†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‚Äôm¬†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‚Äôm¬†ready¬†to¬†start¬†pounding¬†at¬†the¬†keyboard. These¬†are¬†just¬†a¬†few¬†ways¬†that¬†I¬†found¬†that¬†help¬†me¬†when¬†I¬†just¬†can‚Äôt¬†seem¬†to¬†find¬†the¬†right¬†words¬†or¬†come¬†up¬†with¬†a¬†good¬†story¬†idea.¬†I¬†hope¬†they¬†help¬†you¬†too.¬†Writer‚Äôs¬†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‚Äôs¬†block,¬†please¬†check¬†out¬†my¬†article,¬†‚ÄúTen¬†Unique¬†Ways¬†to¬†Unblock¬†Writer‚Äôs¬†Block.‚Ä̬†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?