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The Need for Persistence in Your Writing Journey

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive that tie in with our exploration on scene structure.

From Persistence Often Leads to Publication:

What are your real hopes and dreams for your writing career? How vital are they to your sense of self-worth? If all your happiness is contingent on becoming a huge success in commercial terms, then you know you’re in for disappointment.

You may reach that goal one day, but what are you feeling in the meantime? What does your day-to-day attitude look like? Continue Reading…

9 Ways to Turn your Pen into a Money-Making Weapon

Today’s guest post is by Alice Calch:

You’re stuck. Maybe you’ve been stuck for a few month; maybe you’ve been stuck for a years. You’ve been writing that best-selling novel all this time, but it’s really only a hobby now. Life happened, and you had to make a living.

So you took a job to keep your stomach from growling and your dog from growling at you. You gave in and “settled.” Oh, the novel comes out every once in a while and you gaze at it; you write another half chapter, and life calls again. You have “settled.”

Here’s the problem. You’ve never really thought of yourself as a writer. You haven’t called yourself a writer. You’re just a person with an “okay” job who writes as an occasional hobby. You haven’t considered all the possibilities that the pen actually offers.

If you really want to be able to call yourself a writer, then make the paradigm shift right now. And here are nine ways to do it! Continue Reading…

7 Tips to Help Writers Gain Attention in the World of Fiction

Today’s guest blog post is by author and writing instructor Joan Curtis:

If you aspire to be a fiction writer and think all you have to do is sit down at your computer and create, you will be very disappointed. Most writers eventually want to publish their work. They want family, friends, and others to read what they’ve created.

Admittedly, when I wrote my first novel (which I now call my practice novel), my main goal was to see if I could actually write one. That in and of itself is a lofty goal. Once I realized I could write a novel, my next goal was to write a novel that could be published. That led me down a totally different path. I had to learn more about the craft of writing, and I had to learn more about the world of publishing. Continue Reading…

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