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Don’t Let Your Age Be a Reason to Not Write

Today’s guest post is by teen writer Enette Venter. 

If you are a teenager and you are writing, then chances are someone is going to tell you stop. Might be a parent who wants you to follow a better career plan or a friend who thinks you’re just not cut out for it.

Everyone will try to have a say about you and your life the minute you decide to write a book.

“Writing doesn’t really pay,” they’ll tell you.

“Perhaps writing can be your hobby when you’re older.”

“Just don’t let your writing distract you from your schoolwork.” Continue Reading…

Practical Ways to Tackle Self-Doubt

Today’s guest post is by Cat Friesen:

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve come across in my writing career is self-doubt. The little voice in your head tells you all kinds of nasty things: no one likes your writing, no one cares what you have to say, and worst of all, other people’s writing is way better than yours, so why even bother?

These are all valid fears, but you know what? They’re wrong. There are more than seven billion people on this earth, and if you tell me that not one single person here will like your writing, then you are mistaken, my friend.

There will always be people who enjoy your style of writing and will take genuine interest in what you have to say.

Want to learn to silence that voice that whispers to you from the darkest corners of your mind? Here’s what you can do. Continue Reading…

The Life of a Super-Productive Writer

In this broad and deep look at the Productivity ABCs—attitude, biology, and choices—we’ve considered many of the roadblocks that keep us from “cranking it out.”

Every writer is different and brings with him, into his writing life, a unique set of roadblocks. Only you can determine what those are, the ways that might work to crash through them or hack around them, and the lifelong adjustments you may need to make to become the super-productive writer you long to be.

Who Is That Writer in the Mirror?

I want to talk about your self-image for a moment. In the introduction, I mentioned that you’re not really an author in the professional or career sense until you publish a book. But even before you get “there,” it’s important to see that goal, that finish line.

If you haven’t finished writing that first book, fix it in your mind that you’re a productive writer. See yourself as a professional, not an amateur. Everything you do should be with that mind-set, and with the ultimate goal before you. Continue Reading…

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