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You’re Not Alone: 10 Perfectly Normal Struggles Writers Face

Today’s guest post is a fun and helpful infographic by best-selling author Warren Adler. 

I have been lucky as hell making writing a career. But then, one must consider that I did suffer through endless rejections of my work until I was forty-five years old, when I was finally able to interest publishers.

Real writers write because of their artistic need, above all. It is a great and miraculous calling, and its pursuit deserves all of one’s energy and imagination. Without a doubt, there are always struggles along the way, so I thought I’d share a few of my own, which I think are universal.

So here are 10 struggles you might face as a writer, but take courage—you’re not alone.

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Get a Handle on Writer Insecurity

Today’s guest post is by fantasy author Alex Cavanaugh:

We writers tend to be an insecure bunch. We’re plagued with doubts and uncertainties, always questioning our abilities. Sometimes we’re so neurotic, it’s a wonder we accomplish anything!

I didn’t realize how many writers were insecure until I founded the Insecure Writer’s Support Group in 2011. The monthly postings of the three-hundred-odd members showed we were all struggling. Once it expanded to a dedicated website and a Facebook group with more than 2,300 members, it was confirmed. All writers struggle with insecurity.

How do we deal with it? What can we do to keep it from consuming us?

Here are some solutions that might put you back on the path of confidence. Continue Reading…

Tips on How to Land That 5- or 6-Figure Book Deal

Today’s guest post is by author and writing mentor Lisa Tener:

Over ten years ago, I attended a writers’ conference where, while waiting in line to pitch to agents, I stood with several writers who lamented that it was “impossible to land an agent” and that the cards were stacked against new authors who wanted to get a book deal. I knew they were wrong because I’d landed a book deal—with far less expertise in writing or in the subject of my book than they had in theirs. They just hadn’t bothered to learn “The Rules,”  or practiced them and believed they’d work.

In that decade, both everything and nothing have changed. Continue Reading…

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