Entries by Jennifer Blanchard

How To Create A Pen Name

By Jennifer Blanchard Many fiction writers now and in the past have written under a pen name: Sophie Kinsella, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll. A pen name can be a way to make yourself stand out from the crowd (especially if your real name is something common). It’s also a way to conceal your identity, which […]

Do You Fear Rejection

By Jennifer Blanchard Fear of success and fear of failure are only two out of the four main things procrastinators fear. The third fear is fear of rejection. A fear of rejection is an outcome of low self esteem and/or lack of confidence in yourself and your writing.  A fear of rejection makes you feel […]

How To Get the Most Out of A Writing Critique

By Jennifer Blanchard As a writer, if you’re interested in making your writing better, you will, at some point, have to subject yourself to constructive criticism. At first, this can be very difficult. It’s hard to hear someone say critical things about the writing you spent so much time on and put your heart into. But […]

Some Tips For Hiring An Editor

By Jennifer Blanchard If you’ve been working on your writing for a while now, it may be time to consider hiring an editor. Although it may seem like an unnecessary “purchase,” an editor is actually pretty important. Yes, if you get picked up by a publishing company, they will have editors who will edit your […]

How To Stand Out From the Writing Crowd

By Joe Williams You have to figure, in the writing world, there are millions of people trying to do the same thing as you, because there are. That’s why standing out from the crowd is necessary. Getting noticed can do amazing things, including lead to more exciting opportunities. Through preparation, attention to detail and self-improvement, […]

Three Roadblocks to Writing Success

By Annabel Candy We all procrastinate from time to time, but writers and other creative types seem to be particularly susceptible to procrastination. I thought it would be interesting to look at the root causes of procrastination and see if that can help us get over it. Watch out for these three, they can seriously […]

Are Your Writing Limitations Self-Imposed?

“The only limitations we encounter in life are those self-limiting ones we place on ourselves,”–Anonymous By Jennifer Blanchard Have you ever wanted to enter a fiction contest? Learn how to write a screenplay? Write a novel? What stops you? Do you think you can’t do it? Do you “know” you can’t do it? Do you […]

Do You Fear Not Being Good Enough?

By Jennifer Blanchard Does the thought of not being good enough make you want to puke? Does it cause you to freak  out and worry constantly? Well then, fellow writer, you are experiencing a very common fear of procrastinators: the fear of not being good enough. The fear of not being good enough is the […]