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Happy Changes, Happy Results

Today, The Happy Writer welcomes author Liz Fichera, who decided not to wait around for life to give her what she wanted.  She went after it! ******* You’ve heard the saying, “When you do the same thing over and over, […]

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What Makes You an Unhappy Writer?

Well, we’ve been together about six weeks now here on The Happy Writer.  Thanks to all of you for your support and all the nice letters I’ve received about how much you enjoy the site! It’s definitely made me happy! […]

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Say No to Negativity

Being a writer is hard. Being a Happy Writer is even harder. One of the reasons being a Happy Writer can be so difficult is because it’s impossible to control whether those around us are Happy Writers. I’m sure you’ve […]

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Getting Good Critique

Last time we talked about how to give a good critique.  But there’s an art to being a good “critiquee” also. Here are 17 tips to being a Happy Writer when you’re the one on the receiving end. 1.      Giving […]

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Am I Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Starting today, Wednesdays will be Happy Writer Guest Day. We’ll hear from writers, published and unpublished, about what made them unhappy about writing and how they turned things around and became Happy Writers. First up is Rebecca Rogers Maher, who […]

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Giving Good Critique

The questions I most often hear new writers ask about are on the topic of critiquing. How to find a critique partner or group, how to give a good critique, what to look for from a critique of their own […]

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Putting Rejection in its Place

No one likes rejection. I’m pretty sure you could ask every writer who’s ever written and not find a single one who would say they find rejection fun. But there is one sure thing about rejection and writing: Rejection is […]

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Happy Jealousy

It would be really easy for me to be jealous of a lot of people in the writing business. Not just “people,” but friends. Friends who have things I don’t. I have friends who have published more books than I […]

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Happy Process

I’ve long envied authors who have a process for writing each book. The ones who say, “Oh yes! I have a process.  First I take an idea, then I do X, then Y, then Z.  Then I have a book! […]

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When Good Goals Go Bad

We’re still talking about goals this week, because there’s really a lot to say about goals.  Both good and bad. So, I have this friend. For the sake of privacy, let’s call her…Not-Erin. Not-Erin is one of the most driven […]

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