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Writers must hurdle many obstacles on their path to completing a book—writer’s block, self-doubt, external pressure, and financial stress (to name but a few). These seem like mere stumbling blocks, however, when compared to the anxiety writers face when marketing and selling their book. Once a book is written, the journey only begins as do […]

Writer’s block is an insidious condition that afflicts almost all writers at some point in their career. It’s so prevalent that most of us have not only dealt with it, but we’ve also spent considerable time and effort trying to overcome it. We’ve researched, read the articles, and tried all the best-touted cures. Not unlike […]

Before you continue, you should know that this article isn’t an informative guide to the art of dumpster diving nor do I detail instructions on how to covertly plagiarize a famous author’s discarded manuscript by digging it out of the trash. I’m also not expounding the virtues of recycling for our environment, however I am […]

Categorization, classification, labels. These aren’t typically words associated with personal or creative freedom. Both the fields of sociology and psychology inform us that labeling ourselves and/or others causes a distortion of our perspective, which can be emotionally destructive. Categorical labeling is something people do, however, to cope with the chaotic complexity of their surroundings, it’s […]

At some point, all writers have stared—uneasy and overwhelmed—at a blank screen. Our story lines stop, our characters quiet, and we start to panic. We pour another cup of coffee, throw in another load of laundry, and we pace (a lot). Determined, we perfunctorily peck out a few sentences. Reading the insignificant contribution to our […]