Negative Reviews Getting You Down? How to Soar Above and Prove Them Wrong

"Just ignore the haters."That's what you're told when your book gets a negative review.You know it's wise advice, but following it is another matter.It's a bit like being told "don’t think of an elephant." All you can think of thereafter is Dumbo.The more you try to ignore bad reviews, the more they eat away at you.My first book got a wave of positive reviews, but when the fi...

What are YOU writing?

What are you working on right now?We'd love to know here at WritetoDone!A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you're writing about.Whet our appe...

The Simple Shift That Lets You Earn More from Your Writing

You think of yourself as a blogger...or copywriter...or fiction author...or some other specific kind of writer.I must be psychic, right? :)But even though you may be a talented writer, you're probably wondering why you're struggling to pay the bills.Your prose leaps from the page, you offer amazing value, and you may even have some cool bribe to convince website visitors to join your m...

How to Write Better: 3 Secrets of Transmitting Naked Emotions

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Hemingway. Naked emotions?Like I felt when I finally gave up screaming for help.When I sank to my knees and wept by the side of the stream, watching my horse about to drown–and unable to rescue her.I’ll tell you what happened in a moment …But this post is not about the horse and not about my...

10 Ways to Promote Your Book on Your Blog

Writing a book is an amazing achievement, one you should celebrate and enjoy.Getting your book from a raw mess of words to a polished, publishable entity, complete with a kickass cover and proper formatting, is even more incredible.The day my latest novel The Sunken went live, I did a happy dance.(The cat, asleep in my lap at the time, did not share my enthusiasm.)If you're at th...

20 Inspiring Quotes to Boost Your Confidence as a Writer

Does your writing never feel quite good enough?You are not alone.All writers feel like that at times.And there is a simple reason why.Hidden within us is the writer we are born to become. And this inner writer urges us to improve our craft.That's a good thing.But the process starts unraveling when the gremlins of fear, doubt and shame start to bombard us with negative messa...

Is ‘Finding Your Voice’ as a Writer Just Plain Laughable?

Have you found your voice yet?I hope not!Because this whole idea of 'finding' your voice is pure, well ...cow splatter!Why?Because you and I never lost it in the first place!Our writing voice is innate.What do you think?Are we on the same page here?If so, you'll understand that I'm not going to give you '10 Exercises to Help You Find Your Voice.'YIKES! There'...

7 Ways To Keep Writing When You Feel Like Giving Up

Writing can be hard, hard work.While the idea in your head may be clear and vivid, trying to capture it can be a frustrating experience.At times, it may feel so difficult that you may start to doubt yourself.You may procrastinate.You may even abandon your writing project before it is finished.  Grit–The Key to Success? Research by Angela Duckworth from the University...

Facts of Fiction: Why Every Story Is An Escape Story

"Every story is an escape story." I hold this bold idea in mind as I write a story.I've printed it up and taped it to the wall beside my computer.It serves as a story overview that acknowledges a fact of our human condition: We are all escaping something.  This radical notion hijacked my brain after a decade of professionally assessing and writing film scripts.I found mys...

How to Write For Money AND Love

Do you struggle between writing for passion or profit?At some point, every writer realizes that it's not enough just to write for money, or simply to write for love.To sustain a fruitful long-term relationship with writing, you need to dance between the two, which can be sometimes difficult, often exhausting.We become writers because we love to write.We want to share our opinion...