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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Immersion for Writers

Today’s guest post is by therapist Hayley Watkins.

Immersion is often a wonderful experience. It’s a particular state of mental involvement that many of us, as writers, find deeply comforting and satisfying, and it’s quite likely that it’s what draws you back again and again for more.

But like so many things, immersion is a double-edged sword. On the plus side it gives you the cocoon-like sense of protection from everything but the world you’ve created on paper. It’s also intense enough that when you withdraw from your writing you walk away feeling satisfied.

Both of these feelings offer big psychological benefits. After all, everybody needs to feel safe. When we feel safe, we feel ready to meet the demands life throws at us.

Satisfaction is the other side of that coin and can be described as a feeling of fulfilment of our desires or needs that we indulge in to avoid boredom or frustration. Safety protects (but may limit) us, while the pursuit of satisfaction stretches us. So far so good. Continue Reading…

How to Smash 4 Roadblocks That Prevent You from Writing

Today’s guest post is by author Todd Matthews.

Fear is instilled in us, and, for some, as we age our fear deepens. Perhaps we’re so used to fear as a companion, we know it better with each passing day, month, and year.

Some of us might be afraid of failing, so if we don’t try we can’t fail, right?

But if we don’t try, we can’t succeed.

Whatever the fear, remember success resides on the other side. Think of fear as a mountain climb. The higher you climb, the more you’ll conquer. Once you reach the peak, you’ve succeeded in your challenge, and a sense of elation will rush through you. You conquered fear and smashed another roadblock. Continue Reading…

Want to Get Published? Try Flash Fiction

Today’s guest post is by Gila Green.

When I tell people I teach a virtual flash fiction course, I sometimes get strange responses, even laughter. Isn’t flash fiction just really short fiction? What’s the point of taking a specific flash class?

No, flash is its own genre deserving of its own class, and it’s still underrated as a way to break into publication.

I say “still” because I taught this in my classes from the time I began teaching flash fiction in 2009. Yes, a decade ago I encouraged writers to stop poring over articles about writer’s block and use the time when their novel or short story collections weren’t moving forward to write publishable flash fiction.

There are many reasons for this, but I’ll name a few. Continue Reading…

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