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How to Beat Your Creative Fears

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Fear sucks, but it’s part of the creative process.

Sooner or later in your writing career you will come up against it. It can stop you in your tracks and make you lose out on some great opportunities. It can also ruin your book by making it less likely to shine.

The only way to beat the fear is to take action.

If you find yourself impeded by fear one of the best ways to get around it is to write about it.

  • Use journaling as a tool to write about your fear, don’t hold anything back, write it all out. Facing the ugliness of your fears about writing by journaling about them will calm you down.
  • It will minimize the anxiety that you’re feeling about whatever creative task has got you so freaked out.
  • It will clear your mind and inspire you to find solutions to your fears which is better then having them dictate what you can or can’t accomplish.
  • Write about how your fear debilitates you, what it stops you from achieving.
  • Note the positives of your fears too. Whatever you do be sure to be honest with yourself, what is it about the fear that seems to be serving you emotionally or otherwise.

Writing about your fears will give you a good perspective on the pros and cons of keeping that fear alive, which will also lead you to some solutions. It can give you the courage to move beyond your fears to accomplish your creative tasks using the full range of your abilities. Don’t let fear stop you from being the best that you can be!

 What do you do when fear butts into your creative process?


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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

Challenge

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dare go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours. You are a storyteller so this should be a breeze.

Maybe you could use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing. Maybe you could start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog. A picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered.

The Rules

There aren’t really many rules, just enough to get your blog some attention and get new people interested in your writing or the current book you have to offer.

  • Write in any genre you like – poetry too
  • Tag this post in your post (share this post to your WordPress blog as a new post) so I can find you (it will ping back to this post), then I can check out your work, and promote you on my social sites. Or share your response to the writing challenge in the comments section below.
  • You have until the following Tuesday to complete this writer’s prompt, then I will be posting a new one on the following day, next Wednesday.

If you have any suggestions for future Wednesday Visual Writing Prompts, please let me know in the comments:-)

I look forward to reading your writing.

(if you post past the deadline I will do my best to read your work and share it on my social networks as time permits).

Have Fun!

Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dare go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours. You are a storyteller so this should be a breeze.

Maybe you could use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing. Maybe you could start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog. A picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered.

The Rules

There aren’t really many rules, just enough to get your blog some attention and get new people interested in your writing or the current book you have to offer.

  • Write in any genre you like – poetry too
  • Tag this post in your post (share this post to your WordPress blog as a new post) so I can find you (it will ping back to this post), then I can check out your work, and promote you on my social sites.
  • If you want, when you’re done, Check which famous writer you write like with a statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers. Just paste your completed work at  I Write Like – You will be given a badge that says which famous author you write like and you can paste the html into the end of your Wednesday Visual Writer’s Prompt, if you like, to show us all your badge! AWESOME!
  • You have until the following Tuesday to complete this writer’s prompt, then I will be posting a new one on the following day, next Wednesday.

If you have any suggestions for future Wednesday Visual Writing Prompts, please let me know in the comments:-)

I look forward to reading your writing.

(if you post past the deadline I will do my best to read your work and share it on my social networks as time permits).

Have Fun!

Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dare go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours. You are a story-teller so this should be a breeze.

Maybe you could use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing. Maybe you could start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog. A picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered.

The Rules

There aren’t really many rules, just enough to get your blog some attention and get new people interested in your writing or the current book you have to offer.

  • Write in any genre you like – poetry too
  • Tag this post in your post (share this post to your WordPress blog as a new post) so I can find you (it will ping back to this post), then I can check out your work, and promote you on my social sites.
  • If you want, when you’re done, Check which famous writer you write like with a statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers. Just paste your completed work at  I Write Like – You will be given a badge that says which famous author you write like and you can paste the html into the end of your Wednesday Visual Writer’s Prompt, if you like, to show us all your badge! AWESOME!
  • You have until the following Tuesday to complete this writer’s prompt, then I will be posting a new one on the following day, next Wednesday.

If you have any suggestions for future Wednesday Visual Writing Prompts, please let me know in the comments:-)

I look forward to reading your writing.

(if you post past the deadline I will do my best to read your work and share it on my social networks as time permits).

Have Fun!

My Weekly Smile :-)

Thanks to Trent and his experiment, I’m posting about what has made me smile this week – just to express my gratitude for the good things in life. Read more about the experiment at Trent’s Blog.


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Giving Makes Me Smile

I am happy to be gearing up for the next drawing with the Indie Author Advocate. Everyone is welcome to enter for a prize of a free design package that includes both your Trade Paperback cover and eBook cover as well as some of my most popular items such as social media banners, a book teaser, etc.

The next drawing takes place on October 1st and the prizes can be claimed anytime. Send me an email telling me a little about yourself and your book to enter.

I had my first contest winner on the 1st of this month and have been working with her all week on her book covers and marketing materials. It’s been an absolute blast! I wish I could volunteer more of my time more often.

If you’re interested in signing up for the next free design package drawing you can enter above.

What made you smile this week?