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Read Your Surroundings

My creative writing teacher had a piece of advice for me that kind of rocked my world. It was one of those moments that was just me out of the loop while everyone else was already in it. He told me to mimic and practice what I read, and if you know anything about writing teachers ,you realize I’m summarizing. Now for me that tidbit of information was a big deal, because while I wrote things I made it a habit of not reading any material other than my own. I was stuck in my own bubble and running out of ways to explain things without using the same phrases or descriptive words.

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For the Glory!

When you write, write what moves you. If you have something that needs to be said, say it in a way that people can’t ignore you. Love what you are doing, and if you do it for all of the right reasons, no one can stop you from making it to the top. I have given you tips and exercises, but with this blog I just want you to have some encouragement. I don’t know where the people in your life stand when it comes to your writing, but I have to let you know that even if no one else is, I am pulling for you.

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“In Defense of Long Hand, Pen-on-Paper First Drafts”

During a typical day at work, I find myself surrounded by technology: assisting patrons with eReaders, connecting to the Wi-Fi network, looking up books on our online card catalog, etc. In my spare time I also use technology in ways some may find excessive. I prop up my Kindle Fire on the console of my exercise bike and watch the scenery of Netflix as my progress is tracked with flashing green blips. I have numerous video game systems to play and movies to watch when I want to invest a few hours of mindless entertainment.

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One Day I Might Actually Finish Something: A Novelist's Plight

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is some malevolent writing god that exists solely to make me miserable.

That or I’m cursed.

Before I explain, I suppose I should introduce myself.  My name is Laura, and I’m a twenty-five year old graduate with a degree in English.  I’m currently working as a librarian.   In my spare time, I enjoy attempting to finish a book (both reading and writing!)  Once that’s done (if it ever happens) I hope to be published.

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The Time it Takes

I have just started writing again and, to be honest, this task is more of a beast than I thought it would be. Never mind getting the drive to jump back into things, even finding the plot in the story isn’t giving me as much trouble as finding the time to write it. I am a writer at heart and hobby. I love writing and someday, hopefully very soon, I want to be a novelist. However, for the time being, I am a full time librarian and a full time college student and, let me tell you, there is no time.

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Insert Title Here

I can’t come up with a title for my book. I would love to actually have an outside opinion on what to call it, but being so fresh out of the box when it comes to writing, I don’t have the courage to proudly show my work to very many people. I’m not whining about it or asking for sympathy, I’m just saying that writer’s block happens.

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Writers Anonymous

I have a problem and they say that admitting it is the first step to overcoming it. My problem is I can never write enough. Whether it’s getting enough words on the page or getting enough pages written, I can’t seem to just pop it out like that. Now, since I’m in school that is more of a problem for me than it is for you. However, if you get something published having two pages per chapter may not be to your employers liking. There are plenty of people that can either ramble or just talk about one thing for pages and here I am struggling to finish this sentence.

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Ryan Henry's picture

“Write What You – NO!”

There’s a piece of terrible advice that’s been going around for years: “write what you know.” If every writer followed that pearl of wisdom, all of our books would be about a man or woman sitting in front of a computer with a cup of coffee and consulting online dictionaries and synonym finders. If I branched out, I could write about my career as a library associate (though that would make an interestingly comedic novel) or perhaps my hobby as a gamer or my time spent as the bassist for a local alternative rock band. 

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Gramatically Incorrect

I don’t know everything, very far from it. I do know one thing for certain though and that is that I am terrible at grammar. At first I thought that it was my lack of attention in high school during English class, and once I got to college I thought about getting some help from a tutor. However, it turns out I am just forever destined to suck at it!

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“Write as If You Will Never See a Dime”

Many authors dream of quitting their day jobs and becoming full time novelists. There a romantic image of the full-time writer: going on signing tours, delivering public readings, overseeing film adaptations, etc.  Sadly for most writers, this image is just another work of fiction. I hate to break this to you, but most writers will never see a dime for their work, much less be able to support themselves (and a family) by writing.