How to Treat Your Critique Partner: 5 Simple Guidelines that Will Dramatically Change Your Relationship

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It happens to all of us.

You have finally finished writing something.  You put your life-blood into it.  It is your baby.  Your precious baby.

Only, it isn’t so precious.  Once you start looking at it analytically, you realize that it needs more work.  And the longer you look, the more work you think it needs.  Suddenly, that precious baby is this ugly monster that you’re responsible for.

Don’t fret, Dr. Frankenstein, I’m here to help.

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#WriteMotivation – Avoiding the Sun & Placating the Masses

Guys.  This week has been crazy.

For one, my online job is booming, which is great.  I love having a surplus of papers to review, and I try to do as many as I can each week without stressing myself out.  But, I still review a lot of papers.  In my first two weeks, I reviewed 72.  Last week?  I took two days off and still managed 19.  That’s insane to me, but I’m proud of how many I’m able to do each day.  I’m glad I can give back.  🙂

The thing is, I had to apply to grad school this week.  It was exciting, but it was also very stressful.  Not because I wasn’t prepared.  To be fair, I was more than prepared.  I’d been preparing since September.  But it was the last week.  And, so, I went into perfectionist overdrive.  I found fault with my portfolio and went in a completely different direction.  I also chose a new writing sample.  And I rewrote my purpose statement.  Twice.

Since business was booming, I continued working.  And, since my job requires me to keep late hours, I started staying up well into the night.  In fact, I was still up at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, working.  Of course, I would sleep until around 12 p.m., but still.  I did not like going to bed as the sun rose and waking up when it started to decend.  I told Roomie that I felt like I was running from the sun most of the week.

Then, there was my weekend job.

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The Sticker Trick: A Highly Effective Way for Writers To Hold Themselves Accountable

I was stumbling through the interwebsphere this afternoon when I came across an amazing trick.  If you’re having trouble keeping your word count up (or writing at all), this trick will help you.

To be honest, I was going to write a full post about it, but then I found a video by Victoria Schwab, and I just had to share.  I love the way she presents the information, and I know you will too.  🙂

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#WriteMotivation – I’m A Teen Again

This week has been great for the YA writer inside of me.  I have a new job, which I love, but part of the job requires that I stay up until 1am-3am.  So, my schedule is a bit off.  I’ve been sleeping until 11 or 12 most days.

My roomie and I have also been having snack cravings, so my diet has shifted from things that say organic on the label to things that say ‘you can’t have just one’ or ‘now with added flavor’.

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39 Acronyms Serious Writers Need to Know

graur codrinSo, you want to be a writer?

Maybe you even have a novel or two that you want to publish.  Even better!

By now, you have probably noticed that there are tons of writing groups online.   There are also agents who blog about the publishing world.  There is more knowledge and help for writers now than there ever was before.  In other words, it’s a great time to be a writer.

The problem is, you have to know the language.

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