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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

3 Tips On Revising Your Work Before Unleashing It To The World!


NOTE: This is a reprint from The MANA Sunset Newsletter of October 2015. The article is helpful for all writers, but especially those participating in National Novel Writer's Month

by Holly Taylor
Editor
The MANA Sunset Newsletter

Dear Readers, 

This month I offer you practical wisdom for revising. I remain fixated with this topic because it’s my biggest struggle as a writer. The other day I had a friend read through a story I’d just written. I was shocked with myself for how defensive I became as the friend offered me his insights into making the story better. We share common interests in literature and writing style--needless to say, I was astonished at my own deference. 

Don’t guard your words like a protective mother. Heed the advice of what others tell you and take your writing to the next level. Don’t be blinded by illusions of grandeur. Remain humble abour your writing. Keep yourself open and your mind willing to bend. However, keep your readership in mind. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Winning the Procrastination Battle Over Writing Your Book

Do you often find yourself putting off writing your book even though you know this is a major goal you want to accomplish?
While you may want to become a published author, don’t be surprised if you become frustrated with yourself because it hasn’t yet happened. You may see other writers making progress and wonder why you can’t. Well, you don’t have to wonder any more. 
It’s time to stop the procrastination and get down to writing your book! Easier said than done, right? Well, before you get started, ask yourself these questions:
1.Do you really want to take on this project? 
2. Is there a common thread running through writing and other tasks you are putting off? 
3. Are you afraid to fail?