Writer’s Block – Guest Post

Today I have a great guest post from Terry Compton (a fellow Ink Slinger’s Anthology author – look for that to be released October first). **** Writer’s Block Or maybe just a slight impediment That blank computer screen just sits there and stares back at you.  Words flit through your brain but not words that…

Tips for Avoiding Burnout

I’m sure you’ve heard it said over and over again how important it is to get the next book out.  One of the most effective marketing techniques out there is to publish the next book.  Ideally, this will be a compelling story, but in order to create a compelling story, you need to be energized….

New Year Changes

I stepped into the New Year with trepidation as I awaited the installer of our new television and Internet provider to arrive. Is it not funny how these small-life changes can throw us for a loop? Well, it did for me. Change was in the air and was it really going to be better as…

Stuck For An Idea?

We’ve all been there at some point or another. We want to write, but nothing comes to us. Everything that does come to mind seems trite, boring, maybe even repetitive or used up. At times we stare at the blank page for hours on end, willing an idea for a story or a poem or…

Author Fun: Random Title Generators

Have you ever stared at your manuscript, or your outline, while making a face like this: If the answer is yes, then welcome to the club!  the other day I was emailing with an author who joking said, “I wish they had book title generators” and I thought, “I’ll bet they do!” So off I…

Myths of Being a Published Writer: Part 2

Myth: If I publish enough books, I’ll be able to make a living as a writer. Fact: I wish I could say this is true, but there is no guarantee you’ll make a living as a writer, no matter how many books you publish. And I have no idea why some authors sell more than…

What if You Don’t Feel Like Writing?

I’ve noticed the longer I get away from my writing routine, the harder it is to get motivated to write.  This is especially hard when there is a major life event going on: moving, health issues, birth of a baby, death in the family (just to name a few).  If you have unsupportive family members…

Creativity Busters (AKA Avoiding the Writer Meltdown)

This was written around October 2010.  I originally published it on Myspace.  I found this in a draft folder and thought the same stuff still applies so why not post it? *** I have been thinking of the things that have led to my “writer meltdown”.  You know, the one that inspired me to write…

Writer’s Block: 9 Tricks to Recovery

For those of us who’s very survival is based on our ability to write the next word, the dreaded Writer’s Block is one of the most feared malady of a writer’s life. It is that point when you are tired, when have no interest in your work and future work only seems to make it…

What is Writer’s Block? And how can you avoid it?

There might come a time in your writing career that you meet Writer’s Block. Say hello to the symptoms. 😀 You’re drained. There comes a moment in every writer’s career when they’ve pushed themselves so hard to accomplish things that their mental and emotional self can’t keep up anymore. You tire easily and can’t see…

Tricks to Recovering From Writer’s Burn Out

First, I want to define burn out for those who are new to the discussion. It is that point when you are tired, when have no interest in your work and future work only seems to make it worse, and when doing your work becomes harder and harder to do until you don’t even want…

Writer Burn Out

The Symptoms 1) You’re drained. There comes a moment in every writer’s career when they’ve pushed themselves so hard to accomplish things that their mental and emotional self can’t keep up anymore. You tire easily and can’t see yourself writing another word. 2) Writing no longer holds your attention. There will always be those moments…