Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Marcy McKay

I recently visited with a new writer over coffee. She confessed, almost embarrassed, “I’ve written on and off for years. Well, sort ofbut, now I’m really trying to get serious about my novel, except I keep quitting. It’s really frustrating. How do you ummm,” she looked away, then back at me again, “How do you fight writer’s block?”

That’s a great question, and the answer is…

You can’t fight it.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is you can still achieve success on the page. You can still write great stories.

Name and Claim Your Writer’s Block

When writer’s block is there, it’s there. It’s like an invisible force field of negativity surrounding your body. Novelist Steven Pressfield calls this internal self-sabotage Resistance.

You want to write, but Fear stops you. It lies and says you’re not good enough, so you hedge, unsure of your talents. Sometimes you can’t break through the anxiety. Other times, you can’t.

When writer’s block stops you in your tracks, don’t try to battle it or pretend it isn’t there.

That’s useless. It’s a waste of time and energy, not to mention make matters worse.

Instead, claim the Fear, lean into the discomfort, and learn to use it to regain your creative mojo.

Gripe On

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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: Follow the Leader: Moving From Scene to Scene
  2. Insecure Writer's Support Group: Thoughts on Being a Hybrid Writer by Elizabeth S. Craig
  3. 5 Ways to Wander—First Draft Writing Advice | Psychology Today
  4. One Of Your Crucial Characters Isn't Working. What Do You Do?
  5. 21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors
  6. 7 Powerful Steps to Overcoming Resistance and Actually Getting Stuff Done - Yaseen Dadabhay's Blog
  7. Top Tips on Translations | Advice for Authors Who Self-Publish
  8. The Universal Story: As Your Story Evolves, You Evolve Too - Martha Alderson
  9. 6 Tips to Create and Publish a Killer Article on LinkedIn
  10. Web Sites - Six Ways to Uncover What's Confusing Your Website Visitors and Dragging Conversions Down
  11. Social Media Graphic Secrets Revealed - Peg Fitzpatrick
  12. 4 Ways to Use SlideShare for Lead Generation | Social Media Examiner
  13. Things to Consider When Choosing a Critique Partner | Live Write Thrive
  14. Top 15 FREE Internet Marketing Tools To Boost Your Online Business : @ProBlogger
  15. When You're Missing the Mark - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management
  16. How to Create Picture Ebooks for Kids | Jane Friedman
  17. How to Fight Back if Your Content is Plagiarized
  18. How to Crush It on Facebook with Videos and Your Smartphone
  19. New Ebooks Selected by Amazon Users Up for Pre-Order | News & Opinion |
  20. Publishers bypass literary agents to discover bestseller talent | Books | The Guardian
  21. Book Marketing Must Center (Mostly) on the Author
  22. Seriously Write: PinterestLove it or leave it? By Dora Hiers
  23. Joanna Bourne: Technical Topics -- Scene Breaks, Chapter Breaks and Hiatuses
  24. Boom! Publishing Like Beyoncé | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  25. Writability: Nothing is Normal (in the Publishing Industry)
  26. Increase Content Marketing Visibility With PR - Heidi Cohen
  27. 3 Types Of Emails You Should Be Sending But Aren’t: The Social Scoop Issue 137 |
  28. A Weird Way to Beat Writer’s Block
  29. Thoughts on Being a Hybrid Writer - Elizabeth Spann Craig
  30. Things to Consider When Choosing a Critique Partner | Live Write Thrive
  31. Mythcreants » The Mechanics of Dystopian Settings
  32. Fiction University: The Dark Side of Digital
  33. Writer Unboxed » The Sundance Kid
  34. Book Marketing Must Center (Mostly) on the Author
  35. Scenes from The Rewrite: Part I | Catherine, Caffeinated
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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