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Take a Chance With Imperfection

For some of us writers, perfectionism is a real problem.  We think that if we produce the perfect first draft, have the perfect plot, execute the perfect manuscript, then we will sell.  Then we will get that next contract. We’ll […]

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Focus Pocus

Why is it so much easier to focus on what we don’t want than what we do? It’s far simpler to think about failing, never being a good writer, never getting published, never making it big, than it is to […]

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Embracing Failure

Like all creative types, we writers have a pretty hefty fear of failure.  We fear that we’ll never get published, that we’ll never be able to write a second book.  We fear our sales will tank, our reviews will be […]

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Avoiding Deadline Dangers

Whether you’ve got a deadline imposed by an editor, a contest entry cutoff, or self-imposed, if you’re up against the clock (through sheer amount of work or procrastination), it’s pretty easy to literally make yourself sick doing nothing else but […]

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Why We Hate the Wait

I recently read a post on Psych Central by Gretchen Rubin of  The Happiness Project.  The post was called 8 Reasons Why Waiting in Lines Drives Us Crazy and it referenced an article called The Psychology of Waiting Lines by […]

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What to Pack for the Hike to Publication

Most of us go into writing for publication knowing that it’s not going to happen overnight. We’re going to have to put in the miles to get there, and even then, there’s no guarantee how long it will take. But […]

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The Happy Writer’s Guide to Social Media

More and more these days, writers are encouraged to establish a web presence, even before they are published.  I would agree that a website is a major plus.  Editors and agents are known to take a look-see before beginning a […]

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Happy Spaces

I always knew the only thing stopping me from really getting down to write was not having my own space.  An office.  A place to go to shut myself off from the world to write. I couldn’t write with the […]

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Happy Writer Guest – Julie Rowe

Today’s Happy Writer guest, Julie Rowe, took her unhappy isolation into her own hands and created a support system to make her feel less alone.  Just goes to show, we can do anything we really want to do if we […]

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Searching for Hope

How about a quick quiz? How many writing craft books do you own? _____ How many of those books have you read cover to cover? _____ How often, when you’ve read the book cover to cover, have you actually applied […]

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