Avoiding Writing? Make Procrastination Work for You

Avoiding Writing? Make Procrastination Work for You

Make procrastination work for you. Choose to procrastinate strategically by doing daily tasks that need done. Don’t procrastinate on time wasters that get you nowhere like binge-watching four seasons of your favorite series on Netflix. Instead, procrastinate with purpose each day and you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done. Including writing.

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Why Writers Should Let Their Minds Wander During Idea Generation

Why Writers Should Let Their Minds Wander During Idea Generation

Our brains are overstimulated. As writers, we need to let our mind rest so new ideas will grow. Find ways that allow you space to pause, slow down, and let go of unproductive thoughts.

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How to Write When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas

How to Write When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas

Need some writing tips for those days when you can't think of anything to write? We've got you covered!

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Counseling Your Way to Great Characters

Counseling Your Way to Great Characters

Writers can learn a lot from the counseling profession that can help to create richer characters and realistic responses to conflict. On the blog, we examine the correlation between counseling and character development.

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How to Write Inspirational Self-Help Stories

How to Write Inspirational Self-Help Stories

The self-help industry is a $10 billion market, which means that people around the world are striving hard to improve themselves. For authors, it's a huge market for creating information products, including but not limited to books and articles that cater to self-help consumers.

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What Writing Advice Really Means

What Writing Advice Really Means

The best writers listen, learn, and take advice from others. Whether it comes from a seasoned author or your Aunt Betsy who knows little about writing, the same pieces of writerly wisdom pop up repeatedly. This advice can be well-meaning, but what do these common adages really mean? We examine them.

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Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

Are ideas finite? What do writers do when they run out? If you're stuck, these tips can help.

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Overcoming Your Fear: Just Write

Overcoming Your Fear: Just Write

Some writers become paralyzed by the blank page. They have a plot and subplot, characters’ voices, and amazing new worlds swirling in their heads. But when putting pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard), fear takes over and shuts them down. It's time to stop letting fear win.

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How to Train Your Writing Mind

How to Train Your Writing Mind

Writing is both hard and easy. It requires on-going training of the mind, so it gets easier every single time. Discover how to find the state of flow and stay there for as long as possible.

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How to Fall in Love with Writing... Especially if You’re Not a Writer

How to Fall in Love with Writing... Especially if You’re Not a Writer

Nothing can be more intimidating to a writer than the blank page. In this article, we examine how to love writing, even when it feels impossible.

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Growing The Writing Cooperative

Growing The Writing Cooperative

“The Coop” is more than just a Medium publication — it’s a community. And it’s growing. The motto of The Writing Cooperative is, “Helping each other write better”. This phrase ultimately guides all that we do.

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Which One of These 5 Deadly Self-Talk Lines Is Killing Your Writing Business?

Which One of These 5 Deadly Self-Talk Lines Is Killing Your Writing Business?

What's holding you back from achieving the writing career of your dreams? It just may be yourself.

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8 Ways to Kick Out of Your Creative Comfort Zone

8 Ways to Kick Out of Your Creative Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are cozy, but they hardly ever lead to success or self-improvement. This is particularly true with creative jobs such as writing. Getting out of your comfort zone increases your chances of achieving positive results. The experience of altering your habitual pace of life multiplies points of view in your writing and brings novel ideas, forms and styles. Stuck with a lack of fresh approaches? Become that risk-taker! Bring new blood into your art! Break your routine with the following steps on the way to the perfect text.

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Why You Need to Break Up With Your Muse

Why You Need to Break Up With Your Muse

Writing isn't magic. There's no fairy godmother called "Muse" who comes to you and waves her magic pen to fill your head with ideas and words. It's hard work, and you must sit in front of the computer or grab pen and paper and get your work done.

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A Writer's Biggest Fear: And it's Not Spiders

A Writer's Biggest Fear: And it's Not Spiders

What is it you fear most as you sit in front of a blank screen? Perhaps the fear of rejection holds you back from putting words on paper. You know your work is likely to get rejected by publishers and agents because the experience of others told you to expect it. Maybe you fear humiliation. Putting yourself out there on paper opens you up to all kinds of criticism and ridicule. It's really hard to be vulnerable in your writing because the critics' sting hurts that much more.

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