Tag Archives | Writer’s Block

Beating Writer’s Block

When aspiring writers ask me for advice, the most common question I get is about overcoming writer’s block. I think perhaps the reason this question is asked so frequently is that more than one situation is given the label “writer’s block.” Obviously, writer’s block refers to not knowing what to write, but I think it can be broken down into three separate categories: Problems with idea generation, Loss of faith in your writing’s quality, and […]

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Just think of tomorrow

Procrastination gets a bad rap. I’ve sometimes said that procrastinating is an important part of my writing process. I was only half-joking. Appropriately enough, I’m writing this blog post the morning it’s due, but I think it’s worth pointing out that procrastinating is different from being too busy, or having poor time management skills, or simply forgetting you were supposed to do something. I’m not saying that any or all of those apply in this […]

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Remembering How to Write

Hi, my name is Kelly. I don’t write anymore. I was asked to contribute to Pub Crawl almost entirely on the depth of my industry experience. And don’t worry, most of the posts I have planned will be about the publication process. I’ve worn many hats throughout my career since starting out in 2005 typing out reader reports for a Foreign scouting agency in a pay-by-the-minute internet café in Times Square. In the ten years […]

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Simple Tricks to Unstick Your Story: The Domino Effect

I tend to have a lot of false starts or write-my-characters-into-inescapable-corners when I’m drafting. It doesn’t matter how meticulously I outline or how freely I try to fly by the seat of my pants, I always get stuck at some point. Maybe what I’d thought should come next (and what I had written on my pretty Scrivener corkboard) no longer feels right, or maybe I’ve just completely stalled out on new ideas. No matter the reason […]

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Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard

New Year. New work ethic…er, right? If you’re like me, then you probably resolved to get more writing accomplished. In fact, my specific 2013 resolution was to spend half as much time on the internet and use those extra daily hours to nurture my muse and write! But boy is that easier said than done. Inspiration doesn’t always want to come when WE want it to—and I ‘ve talked about writing constipationbefore. About how you can squeeze […]

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