Prepare Yourself for Rejection

Rejection stings, but as a writer, you better prepare yourself for it. I recently submitted a couple of essays for possible paid publication. The publication part is cool enough, but tack on a dollar sign alongside that and it’s even better. (Of course, with all the hours poured into the writing I figure I would […]

Creative Writing Prompts and Warm-Up Writing

I’m not a fan of writing prompts. They make me feel like I’m back in high school English, waiting to get a bunch of red pen marks all over it. I sometimes read books on writing, trying to hone my craft and learn from other writers. The advice I get from these books is great, […]

The Perfect Writing Moment

I make so many excuses when it comes to writing. I’m too tired, I’m too busy, I’ll write when I have the perfect moment. I will write later. I always make this promise to myself. I always feel there will be a better moment somewhere in the near future, where the quality of writing produced […]

Inspiration is a necessity

Writing while dry is not productive. I have tried many times to sit down at my keyboard when I’m completely devoid of inspiration. I do believe that inspiration will not just come to you. Sometimes you have to seek it out, and that often comes from simply doing the work. However, I have noticed that […]

Go Ahead and Bleed

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” – Red Smith* As much as I love writing, it’s difficult. My heart can only take so much rawness. I can only rip my heart open and pour it onto the page for so long.

14 Ways to Cure Writer’s Block

A blank page is a daunting thing, but sometimes the full page is even worse. You’ve gotten the words out, and now it’s time to move forward. Edit, rework passages, and refine the voice of the piece. There’s just one problem. You’re stuck. How do you take a work in progress and move to the […]

Secret Confessions of a Godly Writer

I have a confession to make. Well, two actually. I haven’t written consistently for months. As a writer hoping to take my craft to the next level, that’s detrimental. I need the practice to hone my skills and sharpen my writing. When I sit down to write, that blinking cursor taunts me. My second confession? […]