The Freedom Journal Journey: Here Goes Nothing

So, I’ve got this book I wanna write. Big surprise, right? Look, a writer that wants to write a book. Want another big surprise? I’m not writing it. I started it…and stopped. I kept trying to get back to it and stopped again. Whoa, shocker. A writer with an incomplete book.

But, that’s a thing. It’s a common thing. But, it doesn’t have to be.

I want to stop complaining about my unfinished work and start being proud of my finished work. Continue reading “The Freedom Journal Journey: Here Goes Nothing”

Networking for Writers Who Hate to Public: Getting Started

In my last post, I laid out a scary truth. Writers should be networking. And while many of you already knew this, it’s still scary. And it’s tough to figure out where to start. Writing is a whole different ballgame than say sales or marketing.

Or is it?  Continue reading “Networking for Writers Who Hate to Public: Getting Started”

Yes, Writers, You Need to *Gulp* Network (Here’s Why)

So, there’s this thing that I used to fear. I would avoid it all costs and when I had to do it I would get all nervous, sometimes sweat a lot, forget my own name and usually drink a little to help me get through it. But, there were always people telling me to do it, that everyone was doing it and I would feel better when it was over. And, this was one instance where the voices of peer pressure were actually right. Continue reading “Yes, Writers, You Need to *Gulp* Network (Here’s Why)”

When Thinking Hurts My Writing, I Don’t Think

Writing Is Like Breathing (But not in the way you would expect)

Have you ever tried to concentrate on your breathing?

Like, during a meditation or when the doctor tells you to take a deep breath while he’s listening to your heart? Ever notice what happens? Suddenly, the simple act of breathing in becomes incredibly difficult. You’re in the middle of breathing in when he quickly tells you to breath out, but you’re not done breathing in and you don’t have enough air sucked to complete a full breath out and what does oxygen taste like again and why is your heart beating so hard and it’s a wonder you’re not passed out in a gutter somewhere if breathing is this damn difficult… Continue reading “When Thinking Hurts My Writing, I Don’t Think”

I NEED to know! (The blog in which I ask for your help)

I am mentally preparing for the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge that I recently entered. And, by mentally preparing, I actually mean silently praying that I didn’t make a huge mistake and that I don’t get assigned a genre I know absolutely nothing about. And, hyperventilating a little.

So, I have a question.

I want to know the most intense writing challenge you’ve ever entered and how you got through it. Or, just how you get through any sort of intense writing deadline. How do you make your brain work under pressure? Where do you get your ideas when you don’t have time to brainstorm or ponder. I need tips. I need encouragement. I want to hear your story.

Leave your words in the comments.

And, go!

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Granting Permissions (Why You MUST Write)

“What gives one the right to write?”

“Well, is there something that will go unsaid if you don’t write?”

“Of course.”

“Well, then, you simply must write.”

You simply must write. Because something will go unsaid if you don’t.

Continue reading “Granting Permissions (Why You MUST Write)”