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Write Yourself out of Depression: Practical Self-Therapy for Creative Writers

Today’s guest post is by author and writing instructor Rayne Hall.

Do you feel like you’re trapped in a dark hole of morass, sinking deeper and deeper, the mud rising to your hips, your chest, your throat? Is despair smothering you like a heavy blanket? Is your own life moving past you like a train, and you are forced to watch and cannot board? Has crippling lethargy wrapped its tentacles around you so tightly that you cannot move, sucking from you all energy and the will to live?

If you want to get better, to feel alive again, if you want to step out of this darkness and take control of your recovery, you can use your skill with words to help yourself.

I’ve been there. I understand. Together with Alexander Draghici, a psychologist specialising in emotional disorders, I’ve written a book to guide writers like you out of the dark hole.

You can be your own therapist and at the same time improve your fiction-writing skills. Continue Reading…

How Writers Can Benefit from Zero-Base Strategies

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at an excerpt from a previous post titled “Zero-Based Thinking” for Writers by Matthew Eaton.

What would you do if you had more time?

Would you use the extra time to improve your skills?

Would you spend it writing the next great novel?

Time is one of the only finite things in this world, and it is too precious to waste it on “time sinks” (those pet novels you can’t seem to give up on even after ten-plus years of slamming your head against the desk in frustration because you can’t complete it). You must evaluate your time usage with a new mind-set—one that will set you free and help you adjust to cutting your losses. Continue Reading…

6 Words Every Writer Should Avoid

Today’s guest post is by author R. J. Thesman

As a writing coach, I often hear clients utter specific reasons for not being able to write. These particular reasons, focused around six words, keep writers stuck behind emotional blocks. So to move toward our writing goals, it is important to avoid using these six words as excuses.

What If

The first two words “What if?” represent a question based on fear.

“What if I get a contract and I can’t meet the deadline?”

“What if I get rejected?”

“What if I have only one book in me?”

Some of the ways to fight against “What if” is to beat it back with the truth. Every writer will at some point be rejected because rejection is a given in this type of creative pursuit. But we can learn from our failures, study good writing, and become stronger writers. Continue Reading…

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