8 Signs You’re Not Ready To Quit Writing #MondayBlogs #AmWriting #Writer

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You have your reasons for quitting writing; it’s too hard, you’ve come to the conclusion your writing is unlikely to bring you fame and fortune, nobody wants to read your work or even your best tweed writer jacket no longer fits you. They all seem like great reasons to quit.

The only problem is that you are displaying some important signs and these signs indicate you’re not ready to quit. If only you knew you were wasting valuable time and energy telling everyone about your intention to leave the creative world.

Here are the signs you need to watch out for:

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How To Keep Smiling Through Tough Writing Patches #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation

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I’m currently going through a tough writing patch and to my amazement I am still smiling!

If I had endured this struggle last year I think I would have quit and thrown myself into hand painting egg shells with bits of watercress growing out of them. I can’t paint to save my life, nor can I grow any sort of plant, other than a good strong weed, but after experiencing the rigours of the literary world I feel this hobby would bring me some creative calmness. 

Here are some ideas on how to keep smiling through tough writing patches. These are currently working for me so they have been road tested.

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7 Reasons Why a Writer is Like a Phoenix #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting #Writer

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The idea for this post came to me after I reviewed my current manuscript’s journey. 

My review highlighted some reoccurring themes, which, after a strong coffee and a piece of comforting cake, got me thinking about the similarities between the mythical bird; the phoenix and the writer.

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15 Things You Consider Once Your Draft Is With Beta-Readers #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

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Once you send out your draft to beta-readers you can expect a few sleepless nights, some solitary walks in the rain and a period of nervous reflection.

Here are 15 things you consider during this troubling time:

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35 Things You Don’t See When You Buy A Book #AmWriting #Writer #Author

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The idea for this post came to me after I did some research on the ‘overnight literary success myth.’  I have always been intrigued by the term and the notion that success JUST happens to authors. Surely there is more to overnight literary fame than meets the eye?  Once you type this myth into Google you can expect to see an array of interesting articles and blog posts on the subject.

This research into the myth of authors being hailed as ‘overnight literary successes’ led me onto the iceberg” cliché, which I found in a fab article. It was an article from the Huffington Post:

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How to Survive Deleting a Character From Your Story #Writer #AmWriting

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Writing the death of a much-loved character can be demanding and can leave you inconsolable.

There is, however, another literary situation which can be just as challenging and it can cast a nasty gloom over your writing day – deleting a character from your story.

I am not talking about deleting a random minor character; someone who you created one day after too much coffee, inserted into the middle of your novel, just to beef it out (technical literary term) and then deleted them the following day after realising your stupidity. Sigh!

No – I am talking about when you make major changes to your draft and you decide to get rid of a key character. They will be a fictional person who has been with you since the start of your story and someone who you have history with. The awful thing is that you know a change like this needs to happen and..dare you say it..your story will be better without them.

This situation can play havoc with your emotions as you have to ERASE this fictional character from your story and then act like they NEVER existed!

You don’t know about literary heart-break until you have experienced severing all ties with a fictional character.

So, if you are an emotional writer like me, you will find deleting an existing character tough going.

Here are some useful tips on how to survive this dark literary time:

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28 Reasons Why A Writer Might Be Having A Sleepless Night #Writer #AmWriting

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There are so many reasons why a writer might be having a sleepless night:

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The Hidden Benefits of Writing Whilst Emotional #SundayBlogShare #Writers

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Once you try writing whilst emotional (weeping / sobbing / on the brink of crying / blinking away tears) you will discover a number of hidden benefits.

I stumbled upon this crazy badass writer technique whilst writing my debut novel. My first chapter makes me cry. No BWM readers – its not because my draft sounds so bad it makes me tearful nor is it because my first draft is jam packed with sob inducing typos – sigh!  There is one really sad part which I wrote a few weeks ago and every time I read what I have written I start to weep. God help my future readers – I just hope they know what they are letting themselves in for when they buy my book! Does anyone know whether fiction books contain emotional health warnings?

During one of my literary breakdowns, after reading my first chapter, I decided to carry on writing whilst emotional. It was a game changer!

There are a few hidden benefits of writing…whilst a little weepy:

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Writers: How to Tame a Wild Character #MondayBlogs #Writer #AmWriting

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I love wild and unruly characters. You know the ones who just want to have a good time, the ones who refuse to do what you want them to do, the ones who do not let you into their head or the characters who take us off on wild goose chases.

Of course it’s never the author’s fault that their imaginary friends are running riot….um…no…fault lies with the unruly characters! Yes!

Sometimes you do need to take control of your rebellious literary offspring.

Here is my guide on how to tame your wild character:

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How to Spot a Writer in a Supermarket #Writers #WritersLife

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As a writer you might prefer to do your food shopping online. Buying food online is a great way to procrastinate as you get to feel like you are doing something important (food gatherer) and it takes you away from writing. Trust me when you are trying to avoid writing your novel it can take hours browsing through every single food item an online supermarket site has to offer.

However, there will be some occasions when you will be forced to venture out to a supermarket (Wi-Fi on the blink / forced human interaction).

I believe a writer can be spotted in a supermarket and this is definitely worthy of a blog post.

So, here is how to spot a writer in a supermarket:

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