Productive Procrastination for Writers

A slippery slope of knowledge and musings to tickle your fancy between writing sprints!

Feeling like a winner: writers' contests

"Winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point." ~Pat Summit There are a lot of writing contests out there. Some promise cash prizes, others promise to get your work in front of the right influencers. Many people like contests...

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Do your research!

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." Pinterest quote When I'm asked what I do for a living one of my favourite answers is: "I make things up." I've also gone with: "I play with my imaginary friends for money." There is the idea that writing fiction means you get to...

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What is narrative nonfiction?

"Nonfiction means that our stories are as true and accurate as possible. Readers expect—demand—diligence." Lee Gutkind There have been some recent discussions around the Creative Academy about creative and narrative nonfiction. Some have weighed in that they love it, and others have admitted...

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Pace yourself

"While I live a busy life, the pace ebbs and flows." Brad Feld Books are interesting. There are some that you blow through in a matters of hours or days and others that take a long time to read. We sometimes assume that a fast pace is important, and there is some truth to the idea that readers...

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Grow your creativity

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." Yo Yo Ma Let's keep those spring metaphors coming! We've talked about spring cleaning and now let's talk about planting a garden. Although I tend to kill...

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Declutter you thoughts

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think." Buddha Confession time. I'm a worrier. Not an average worrier—I can take worry to near Olympic levels. Anyone else ever find themselves laying in bed at 2, 3, 4 in the morning imagining new and different horrible outcomes for a range of...

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What do literary agents do all day?

"I wish to be cremated. One tenth of my ashes shall be given to my agent, as written in our contract." Groucho Marx When you're in the trenches sending out queries and waiting (and waiting, and waiting, and waiting) it's natural to wonder what the heck do literary agents DO all day other than...

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Do you feel lucky?

"I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often." Brian Tracy St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and we're wishing all of you lots of good luck in the coming year. May you be buried (just up to your chin) in...

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Read outside your comfort zone

"One you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~Frederick Douglas We've got a pretty good hunch that you're already a fan of reading. Most of us to come our passion for writing by starting with reading others. And at the risk of admitting that the likeliest cause of my death will be being...

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How to survive negative reviews

"Negativity is the enemy of creativity." ~David Lynch Imagine the moment (or remember, if you've already been there)—after months, perhaps years (decades?) of blood, sweat and tears and finally you've done it. You've got your book out into the world. You might still be reeling from the champagne...

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