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How To Keep Writing Even When You Feel Like a Fraud

feel like a fraud 300Do you feel like a fraud?  It’s ok to admit it. When you think about writing, vicious thoughts may pop into your head: "Why would anyone listen to what I have to say?" "I don't have what it takes to do this." "Everyone can see that I don't know what I'm doing," But there is a way you can turn this around.

What Are You Writing?

what are you writingWhat are you working on right now?

Please share YOUR writing with us here at WTD.

So what are you writing?

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.

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Writing Success: How To Engineer Your Novel For It

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It’s fair to ask, “What does engineering a novel mean?”

To paraphrase Webster, to engineer is to create and design large structures or new products or systems by using scientific methods.

But writing a novel is art, not science… isn’t it? Many writers develop their novels in ways anything but scientific.

Which isn’t necessarily the right way to go about it.

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How to Recover from Destructive Criticism (And Eliminate it!)

how to deal with destructive criticismHave you ever felt the need to voice a harsh opinion about someone’s writing or other creative work—even though your input wasn’t asked for?

And did you ever deliver such criticism with facetiousness, sarcasm, or worse, outright malice?

Be honest.

Don’t worry, no one will know.

If yes, the next question is very important.

Why?

Because it was the right thing to do?

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Creative Writing Exercise: What Happened Here?

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It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity.

Take a look at the image above.

What’s the story?

Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?

Here’s how it works:

  • We set the scene
  • You make it your own, and
  • Share your creation in the comments section of this post

 Now for the ground rules:

  • Your story must be 350 words or less.

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Traditional Time Management for Writers? Why It Doesn’t Work (And What To Do Instead)

time management for writersDid you resolve, on January 1st, to “get more writing done” this year?

Have you ever bought a book on time management, or read a bunch of blog posts on productivity, and tried really hard to make someone’s clever system work for you?

How did it go?

Chances are, you ended up disappointed.

Perhaps you felt like a square peg trying to squeeze into a round hole.

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Why You Need to use a Pen Name (And How to Go About Finding One)

Use a pen nameDo you need to use a pen name?

It depends.

There are some important reasons why it’s a good idea.

There are seven reasons why you might choose to use a pen name:

1. Your name is difficult to spell and remember.
For example, you may have a long, hyphenated name or your name is of difficult to pronounce or write in English.

2.

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How to Grab Attention Online: 3 Instant Fixes

grab attention onlineWhy do you need to grab attention online?

It comes down to a desire all aspiring writers have in common: to get more readers.

Do you dream of having masses of readers who can’t get enough you?

You can make it happen, but you need to get your name out there.

If you’re hidden in the shadows, nobody will find you and nobody will read what you write.

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The No.1 Reason New Bloggers Fail (And What To Do About It)

reason new bloggers failEvery blog starts with a dream.

A dream of expressing yourself and getting your message heard.

A dream of gaining recognition.

A dream of standing proud.

But the sad reality is, most new bloggers fail.

Depressing, isn’t it? So many hopes dashed.

So much energy wasted.

So many important thoughts lost to the world.

I must admit,

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How To Be A Successful Author: Smash Through 7 Writing Roadblocks

how to be a successful authorDo you wonder what’s holding you back as a writer?

You know you want to write. It’s compulsive.

You find yourself scribbling stories all the time.

Your friends say good things about your work.

So why aren’t you a more successful author?

Don’t feel ashamed to ask yourself that question.

Every writer asks it, even if their books glitter at Amazon.

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