Being a Writer Isn’t All About Writing

The first step to becoming a writer is simply to start writing. Throw words on a page and you are immediately a writer. However, to become a published writer, it takes a lot more than just writing. Above all, a writer must have a system for writing. Despite what a lot of blogs, Twitter accounts, and Pinterest boards might say, writing is only the beginning of becoming a published writer. Here are some things you need to do to become a successfully published writer:

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How a Change of Scenery Can Help Your Writing

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The original goal of this post was to discuss my time out in nature, because, let’s face it, this pasty gal doesn’t go out in the sun very often. However, the more I recount that time out in nature, in a new place, I recall how much more productive I was with my writing. I was surrounding by the buzzing of life, the shock of green in an untouched forest, and the damp, heat of the Alabama weather. As a result, I found that my writing was matching my surrounding. It was intense, fresh, and new. While I still will be discussing my time out in nature, but with a scope on what it did for my writing.

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What “Terrace House” Taught Me About Writing

Terrace House, if you haven’t heard of it, is a Japanese reality show for people who don’t like reality shows. When I first heard of the show, it was through a friend at work. They described it as six strangers, three men and three women, who live in a house together to seek out romance with each other. It sounded like a dramatic time sink, and I said as such. However, my friend assured it me it was so much more than that. So, I started watching it, and she was right.

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Social-Networking on Social Media as a Writer

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Social-networking is only as effective as the person who does it. One key part of social-networking is using those social media platforms. You can have an account on every social networking site/app in existence, but that doesn’t mean squat if you don’t use them. Here are some tricks, tips, and tools you can use to keep your social media game top-notch:

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The Difference Between Discipline and Stunting Yourself as a Writer

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When my whole life has revolved around one, one project for more than a month or two, I go into a type of cruise control. I zone out and just go through the same motions every day. I would absolutely kill to write something else, but as a writer I have always heard that if you stop at any point during a large project, you have hang up finishing it. Chances are you’ll never get back to working on your project because you’ll be too busy working on something else.

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First Rejection Letter of 2019

Stack of Rejection Letters

Not many people would be excited about receiving a rejection letter, and I’m thrilled that my work has been rejected. However, I am sure there are plenty of you out there who are also receiving your first rejection letter of 2019. While this isn’t fun, I do want to congratulate everyone who has received a rejection letter this year. Whether it be your first or your 50th, the fact that you submitted at all is a wonderful achievement.

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6 Ways to Make Your Characters Pack an Emotional Punch

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - The book where the characters made me feel things.

I’m reading a book right now that is making me feel things. This, from a writer’s perspective, is an awesome accomplishment. The author has created characters that make me hurt. As a result, he has put me in scenarios that scare me, all despite it being based in a fantasy world. Even so, it moves me and carries real world weight for me as a reader. How cool is that? I wanted to take a moment and figure out what made this character real to me:

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