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15 Ways to Strengthen Writer Courage

Today’s guest post is by best-selling author DiAnn Mills.

While talent and a willingness to work hard are essential for a professional writer, the #1 requirement is courage to face the world of publishing.

The word courage can be confusing. A soldier enlists courage by saving fellow soldiers’ lives. A teacher possesses courage when choosing to teach in an inner-city school where gangs run the streets. A law enforcement officer shows courage when refusing to take a bribe. A teen grasps courage to say no to drugs. A person grips courage and accepts a beating instead of following a religion or political policy. A man or woman garners courage to walk away from an abusive relationship. A person embraces courage to walk away from a high-paying job to serve humanity.

We open the dictionary and find descriptors like bravery, daring, grit boldness, spunk, and a huge list of other words. We hold tight to what we believe is courageous. Continue Reading…

3 Important Tips if You’re Planning to Write a Memoir

Author Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

These words have prompted me over the years to write many of my novels and writing craft books. Often I’ve come up with an idea or concept for a book, then searched online to find the books already dealing with that topic or novelizing my idea. On occasion, I’ve been both sad and heartened to find that my idea “has already been done.”

I even wrote an entire treatment and script for a great new TV series, years back, that I called “Thirty.” It was about a group of thirty-somethings that were dealing with various issues: aging parents, workplace struggles, identity confusion, difficulties juggling career and raising children.

Just when I was ready to shop my series idea, a new TV show came on the air. I probably don’t have to tell you what it was called. Needless to say, it was a successful series, which I enjoyed, though I was disappointed my name wasn’t on the rolling credits. Continue Reading…

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…

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