Writing Exercises Can Get You in a Writing State-of-Mind

By Jennifer Blanchard When it comes to exercising, it’s always recommended that you do some kind of warm-up beforehand, such as stretching or spending five to 10 minutes on the treadmill. This warm-up not only helps your body prepare for a more vigorous workout, but it gets you in the mood for exercise, as well. […]

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 Strike A Balance Between Love and Your Love of Writing

By Donald EW Quist “Hurry up, we’ve got to walk Tofu,” my wife barks at me, holding up our dog as a reminder of my responsibility. “Just give me a second,” I whine. My fingers hover above the keyboard readily, waiting for something. “Donald, come on,” she says. We sigh deeply. Together, in unison, we […]

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 […]