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5 Tips to Help You Write Imperfectly

Today’s guest post is by Adrian Johansen.

As a writer, when you envision something you want to compose, it’s always perfect. Floating around in your mind, that undefined piece of artwork is incredible. You can’t wait to write it down, to express it in words, to share it with others. Then the moment comes. You sit down, open up your computer—or nab that pen and paper—and you start … writing?

The problem is, what you write will never be what you imagined. It will be haphazard, uncomfortable, and possibly confusing. It may not even look like what you had in mind at all.

What happened? You had the inspiration, the drive, and the skills. And, yet, the piece came out … imperfect.

Overcoming the Fear of Imperfection

If you struggle with imperfect writing, take a deep breath. You’re not alone. You’re in very good company. Artists the world round are familiar with the imperfect and incomplete, with failure. In fact, it was the great Danny DeVito who said, “Failure is part of the creative process. If you’re afraid of it, you can’t really create.” Continue Reading…

Keep Pressing On—No Matter What

Today’s guest post is by Kristina Naydonova, twelve years old

Why is it that we don’t believe in ourselves? Are we too scared to know what it feels like to hit a wall of failure? Do we feel the need to bring ourselves down for validation?

Allow me to tell you that everyone is going to taste failure at least once in their lifetime. If you haven’t failed, you aren’t even trying. You won’t succeed right away because that’s not how life works.

Everybody always assures you to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong, but you should never listen to that. You should find the courage inside of you to want to fall forward, not backward.

I don’t care if there are difficulties lying ahead, and neither should you or anybody else. We all go through rough patches in our lives, and most people choose to walk away. It takes discipline and persistence in order to break through and make a difference.

I’ve had many people tell me that if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. You and I weren’t born to stay quiet. We were all born to leave our mark behind in this world. For our voices to be heard. Continue Reading…

Writers’ Tools That Help You Be More Productive

Today’s guest post is by Lucy Johnson.

A lot has changed since the prehistoric days of cave carvings. Much like humans, the tools used by writers have evolved drastically over the years, from sharp stones, manganese, ochre, and charcoal to pen and paper, typewriters, and the latest MacBook Pro.

Nowadays, writers have so many tools to choose from it’s difficult to know which ones are the best. Whether one chooses to write with a ballpoint pen or a fountain pen is subjective, and the same thing applies to online writing tools. Nevertheless, I’ve endeavored to provide you with a list of the most reputable technology that has been tried and tested by professional writers. Why not give them a try and let me know what you think?

Word Processors for Writers

We’re not limited to the software that comes ready-installed on our computers anymore. There are plenty of creative and flexible word processors out there that are tailored specifically to the needs of writers. Forget Microsoft Word and Pages—here are two of the best word processors for writers: Continue Reading…

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