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Dream...I Dare You

The new year rolled in with fireworks and champagne popping. Resolutions, goals, selling of souls were thrown out to the universe with quiet desperation. Despite the high percentage of drop outs from this bunch by the first quarter of the year, we undergo the experience without fail at the beginning of each year. My resolutions,

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Facing The Doubt Devils

I was recently asked during one of the classes on my online writing class group what to do when the doubt devils that plague most writers are validated. Like when you're doubting your ability to ever write a publishable book and get three rejections from different publishers in one day. I'm very familiar with that

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Fear Factor

I did something amazing today. I mailed a contest entry. "Ho hum, so what," you might say. Well, putting a stamp on that envelope and popping it into the mailbox isn't dull routine. It isn't ordinary at all. I've just submitted my manuscript to a contest where several writers are going to give me their

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Finding Time To Write

I’ve been really looking at my days lately, trying to work out where my time goes and how to get everything done. I’ve read umpteen books with titles such as: Time Management for the Stressed, Housework in Ten Minutes a Day or Less, Organize Your Life Right Now--you know the ones. Some smarmy expert makes

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Finding Time To Write In A Busy Life

Dear Barbara, I am a new author, under contract for my first novel to be published early in 2007. My publisher is interested in my second novel as well. I am a wife and mother to twin toddlers aged three. My question is this, how does one find their flow and balance between all of

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For Aspiring Writers

Do you dream of writing? Of having your book published? Of seeing your name on a bookstore shelf? Here are steps you can take to pursue your goals and realize your dreams! Sit in a chair and write! You need to put words on paper and keep going until the end! Just finishing a book

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Getting Beyond Blocked

Dear Barbara, A few weeks ago, I decided to get serious about writing the romance novel that burns inside me. I made an outline, worked out my characters, got an idea of the various scenes I want to include, did my research and made heaps of notes. The problem is, now that it's actually time

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Getting Game: Developing Mental Toughness

I'm a wuss. Until recently, I routinely cracked under pressure. Rejections decimated me. Revisions terrified me. Getting a bad review meant a week of sleepless nights (okay, there were some really bad reviews). You'd think I'd be tougher, considering it "only" took me fifteen years to sell my first book, and in that time I

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How To Put On Your Own Writers Retreat

Feeling burned out? Need a break but you've got another deadline looming? Plan a writer's retreat! I've just returned from my second writing retreat with Barbara Dunlop and CJ Carmichael and the four days together this March saved my skin-and my book. I didn't get three new chapters written like I did last year, but

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