Writer’s doubt

I fight writing doubt on a daily basis. It helps me to know that others do as well. It also helps me to know I’m trying to help others fight that doubt. Here’s another round of help for you and me!

This post helps fight doubt by writing about it. Written by Bryan Hutchinson, it’s not only motivational, it gives you tips and ideas.

I always believed the pros write perfect manuscripts effortlessly. This post helped me deal with that myth. Flog a pro is a weekly theme for Writer Unboxed.

Just like the title says, Five ways to Gain Confidence and Overcome Writer’s Doubt by Live Write Thrive.

A great post on how to feed your inner muse and keep writing by Deborah Lee Luskin.

Steven Pressfield wrote this great post on how to let-go and let the universe bring your success to you. No stressful worrying needed!

Men with Pens has this funny, witty post on how to find your muse and what to do once you find her! 🙂

Carlos Cooper wrote this inspirational post for when you’re having trouble.

Here’s a great post on how to embrace your fears and still write on the Positive Writer.

Whew! Quite a few links! I didn’t think there would be this many…and that in itself might be a hint at how prevalent writer’s doubt is.

Posts I loved this week

Here are the blog posts I loved this week. From the funny to the amazing, they’re all memorable.

Ah…Infinitefreetime. How I love this blog, let me count the ways. Here’s one. And two. And three. Funny, succinct, loud and always gripping. It’s such a good blog.

I loved this post by laekanzeakemp on Binge Reading. So interesting for me as both a reader and a writer.

And check out this amazing and very funny blog Pecked to Death by Chickens by Susan Maccarelli. Here’s one very funny post with humorous tips for bloggers. A big thanks to Outmanned for the link to this great blog!

This one is particularly useful for when I’m stuck. I don’t know what to write in this scene, what should happen…Here are 4 ways to get unstuck on the Procrastiwriter.

I love this blog Live to write – Write to live. It’s written by these incredibly talented ladies and it shows. The quality of the posts is unbelievable. Week after week. Here’s this week’s example of those awesome posts. This post by Deborah Lee Luskin is not to be missed. I really related to it because I edited Olivia’s Choice for two years. Two years. Over and over, until I knew it was done. And, just like her, I suddenly knew. I was done. And this one by J.A. Hennrikus is amazing. She explains the book-writing process from concept to finished product. It details everything from letting a book sit, to Betas, to editing. Great post!

Loved this post by A Writer’s Life for Me on point of views (POV). Mishka Jenkins brought up such a good point! One point of view can be very limiting but doing different POV’s can confuse the reader. What to do, what to do. Ah, such a great post! And a big congrats on finishing!

I was amazed by this post from The Writing Catalog. It breaks down the process of how to write a Political and Social commentary. Point by point, with a step by step break down of the structure that optimizes getting reader attention and the standards he adheres to. It blew my mind because it was so thought out and so clear. What a great post!

This one is about blogging. Dumb mistakes I made as a new blogger. The Procrastiwriter has this great post on mistakes to avoid. An excellent eye-opener for me!

Jodie Llewellyn had a great idea in her post. What a lovely, generous thing to do for other authors! Love it! A big thanks to her! (And the chicken .gif was hilarious).

Winter Bayne wrote an amazing guest post on the blog Theresolutionthebook on romantic tension. It has both great tips and humour–“Juggling angry, wet cats”. I both laughed and loved it. What an awesome post!

Editing tips

Editing is one of those nebulous things that’s never quite defined. How do we do it? What do we change? How do we know what to add, erase? When do we stop? It’s not clear, or easy.

Don’t do what I did. I started out polishing each scene only to find that editing the entire plot meant throwing some of them out. ARGH! Also, don’t edit while you’re writing. Editing kills your inspirational muse. It’s the complete opposite of creating. So, create, then edit.

So, what’s the answer? I’m going to be very honest here, I’m still trying to figure it out. But these guys are pros. They’ve done it and done it successfully. Check it out!

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/05/how-i-edit.html This guy has the entire process that he follows for everyone to read. Definitely one for me to look at.

http://thewritelife.com/edit-your-copy/ This one has great tips for polishing scenes and little bits that help tighten your writing until it has the power of a UFC punch! 🙂

http://writetodone.com/eight-simple-tips-for-editing-your-own-work/ This one is really good for easy, clear ideas you can use.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2012/10/revising-your-book-dos-and-donts.html Do’s and dont’s. I won’t mention here how many of those ‘don’ts’ I’ve done…sigh.

http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/preparing-to-publish-turning-a-typescript-into-a-book/ This one, by Deborah Lee Luskin, is an excellent piece on how to go from draft to polished.

Hope these help! If not, my go-to fix is always a cup of coffee…and a walk with my doggie. 🙂