How To Combat Abrupt Writer’s Apathy by Brooke Faulkner

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As a writer, I struggle with writer’s block from time to time (ahem… that’s totally not an understatement.) But lately, I’ve been dealing with an issue that’s slightly different… it’s not that I can’t come up with anything or move forward on what I do have. It’s that I lose interest in–or stop caring–about my subject part of the way through writing on it.

Sometimes it’s because I realize that what I have to say isn’t as original as I thought. Other times, it’s because I look into an issue deeper and realize there is way too much information out there and I just don’t have the time to give it the justice it deserves. Sometimes, I have no idea why, I just lose interest or motivation. It’s not exactly writer’s block. It’s…

Abrupt writer’s apathy, if you will. Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why I Love The Emotions Thesaurus

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I didn’t get to do this kind of post, a review of sorts about writing guides/books. I’d planned to last year but better late than never, right? Besides, it’s long overdue to shout from the mountain tops how much I love The Emotions Thesaurus.

How much do I love it?

Well to quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ‘let me count the ways!’

I love how it reminds the writer all the ways a character can speak without the use of their mouth. When I got back into the writing game after a long detour, I admit my characters were one dimensional. They spoke but they rarely moved on the page. Literally and figuratively. And then I purchased this wonderful book and my eyes were re-opened. I remembered that body language too spoke volumes.

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Why Spell Check Is Not a Writer’s Best Friend

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You’ve probably read the title of today’s post and thought, what she talking about now? Let’s face it, most of the time we’re more than likely to spell a word incorrectly. But not to worry, since we have spell check to point it out to us. Just check for the red squiggly line underneath here.

Yet, as a writer you don’t want to be so reliant on spell check. Although it is a handy tool, it’s a tool that tricks you into a false sense of security. And by the end of the day, spell check is not a writer’s best friend. Here’s why:

  1. It increases laziness.  When unsure of a word’s spelling, we tend to use a watered down, cheap imitation of the word we wanted, in its place.  None of us are spelling bee champs. Yet we should still strive to find and learn the correct spelling of word(s). Continue reading

How to Survive NaNoWriMo During Thanksgiving

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Happy Week Three!

It’s do or die time. And worse of all Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Whether you’ve slowed down or stalled or not, Thanksgiving is sure to put a kibosh on your writing. So here are a few tips to survive Thanksgiving. And without making huge sacrifices to finishing your novel. Or to your word count.

  • Prepare your meals ahead of time. Whether you’re hosting or a guest, cook your Thanksgiving dinner/side dish days before and store it in the freezer. The day before, take it out and let it thaw. Then warm it up in the oven the day of. Continue reading