Posts Written By Nancy Lin

Fear of Writing. How to Overcome and Reveal Creativity

Overcome your fear of writing

Every person experiences excitement after he/she wins a competition or gets a reward. It is called the “Winner Effect”. Have you ever wondered what happens when a person fails? He/she gets a throw back, and feels absolutely frustrated and unable to start doing any other task. The way out here is not to dwell on the problem for too long. The best thing you may do is to create an image of a good outcome of your problem. Make yourself sit and start working with a positive mindset. Thus, when you start writing, visualize the outcome you want to get.

Being Afraid of Writing

Put all your lame excuses aside, and just start writing. Making yourself start is always hard as you are unsure of what you might get, whether your readers like it or not. Don’t think of what you might get in the end, take an idea you like, and develop it. To always have a bunch of great ideas, try to read as much as possible. Form a daily writing habit. When you define your audience you aim to write, your creative part will start flowing.

Comparing Yourself to Others

Don’t even think of comparing yourself to others. This will play bad tricks on you. Comparing yourself to other famous writers only blocks you and decreases self-esteem. Famous writers have not always been accepted and published. You should keep in my mind that you have your own way, so follow it.  

Revealing too Much

A fear of revealing too much has always trapped writers. That is obvious as when you are too sincere, there will always be a group of people who are on the same page with you and agree on your ideas, and the ones who have doubts. However, there is no need to panic and become concerned about any counter arguments. Any reaction you get soon after your book or article is published, is already a success.

Overcoming Rejection

If you are afraid of writing, then it is not worth jotting down anything at all. Rejection is a natural stage of publishing. So, you should just get used to it. This is what every writer goes through. It does not mean you write bad, it is only the requirements you should follow. One more thing on top is that every editor has its own taste and preferences, so nothing personal.

Dealing with Perfectionism

Nobody writes perfect books. Fear of making any mistake only holds you back. Even editors may skip mistakes. So, there are many possible ways of checking your work for grammar, spelling mistakes or plagiarism. If you always care about perfect writing, you can’t but focus on editing all the time that at the same time distracts you from enjoying the process of writing itself.

Killing Overanalysis

Overanalysis of writing leads to nothing but rejection. You think over the reasons of writing in general and its final negative outcome. Why to write something that nobody will read, or why to write something that a few readers may like? Overanalysis results in indecisiveness, reluctance to perform any complicated tasks, and kills creativity. Thus, it does nothing but prevents you from writing.

Accepting Family Praise

Accept family appraisal as it will motivate you to do everything. You have your first readers around you already. You may consider their critical points of view as well as positive evaluation. Anyway, what you get is sincere valuable comments on your piece of art. Any corrections, improvement and re-writing you do on the spur of the moment. Family encouragement gives additional stimulus to write.

Wrapping It Up

Writing is for creative people that’s why you should just make yourself sit and start doing what you like. Overanalysis, perfectionism, and comparison block you from masterpiece creation and provoke fear of writing. What may help is reading dozens of books in general, eliminating all the blocks, setting positive mind, and accepting appraisal of your family members that may inspire you to write.   

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All You Need To Know about Self-Publishing: Advantages and Risks

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There is a word spreading around about the revolution in the writing world: that with e-books and self-publishing available to all, we are entering a new era of writers.

Many young writers get excited when they hear this news; yet, before rushing to do it with your hands full of manuscript papers, let’s look at it closer.

What are the risks of self-publishing for a young author? How big are the advantages? This is the topic of today’s post. So let’s dive in.

Self-Publishing in a Nutshell

Option of self-publishing is getting more popular by the minute.

Self-published authors now come in tens of thousands in names and books. These are the authors that have paid to get their books published. No matter how small or big the payment was it is a definitive feature: a self-publishing author always pays.

They can choose to go printed, electronic, or both. From each copy they sell, they receive a large percent that can be as high as 85%.

Many writers make this decision because they can’t break in with publishing houses. The competition is very high, and established houses can pick and choose the best manuscripts in their opinion.

Financial success rate is very small in self-publishing. Almost all of writers who manage to achieve good sales volumes try to switch to publishing houses, and this is why.

Expenses vs Quality

Self-publishing can be really expensive.

Sure, you can save money doing your own edit, design, and anything else. Or you can try and fail miserably. There is a reason these things are done by professionals.

You can hire people to do these tasks and have your book look almost as good as the one published by a top publishing house. This solution will cost you a grandiose amount of money. Almost no writer can afford this kind of spending.

If you are looking at this option after a publishing house rejected your manuscript, you need at least to revisit your texts and hire a good editor. This adds to the costs.

The rejection doesn’t mean the manuscript’s bad. Still, it doesn’t mean it is good, either, and without proper editing, your readers might not find it good, as well.

Too Much Work vs Results

Too much work is bad for a writer, if this work has nothing to do with actual writing. Besides, having to control and supervise your contractors can add stress and turn self-publishing in a messy ordeal.

Still, with all your efforts, your book will look and feel different from the classically published ones. You might miss a sloppy job on design; or you won’t let the editor trim the fat you think must stay.

The reader will see the difference, and will treat your book with caution and mistrust: self-published books have poor reputation when it comes to quality.

Low Returns vs Low Sales

As a rule, sales of self-published books are low.

This means, even having 85% of the sales coming to your pocket won’t earn you a lot, if you can’t sell more than a 1000 copies. Extract your publishing investment from it, and you might end up in the negative.

On the other hand, just 6% of royalties from your book that sells 10000 or 20000 copies gives you a nice sum in your earnings, with no expenses to extract.

There are exceptions to this rule. For example, Fifty Shades of Grey sells virally, despite its low quality and self-publishing history.

Publishing for the Sake of Publishing

Sometimes there come situations when you have to self-publish. It usually means publishing for the sake of publishing, with no financial incentive.

People go through with it for career purposes, other than writing. As a coach or a speaker, they don’t want to make money on the book itself, or make writing their primary occupation, but they are expected to have published books for status and other reasons.

In this case, it is best to choose self-publishing and get few hundred copies of the book.

Publishing Houses’ Side of the Story

It is important to mention publishing houses themselves.

They always pay you an advance. From this moment on, they have invested in your book, and now need to get a return on it.

For the book, it means a good deal: they are motivated to make it as sellable as they can. Otherwise they lose money.

This situation is reversed in self-publishing, where you have to pay. People involved in work on your book don’t have the same motivation: they have already made money.

The Obvious Choice

It is obvious: if you are a young writer and have a finished manuscript, contact every publishing house you can reach and try to break in with them.

If your manuscript is accepted, it will go through a lot of changes before it sees curious faces in the crowd of a book store. It is a long process that can drag for more than a year, and have you raging about excessive editing or a tasteless cover, yet it gives you a much better chance for commercial success.

Still, publishing house can’t do all the work. There are still things you can do to get better sales, but this is a topic for another article.

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Young Writers’ Productivity Guide on How to Write and Still Live Your Life

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Ever felt like you need just another few hours in the day? Not many, just a couple more to catch up on your writing? Well, get ready to forget this feeling, as our productivity tips are here to fix this.

Trust us: we have all been there. Trying to be a writer while having to do school, job and social events can become too much. After a day full of problems, stresses and exhausting tasks, sitting down at the table and constructing a coherent story can be the last thing on your mind.

There is a reverse situation: you spend whole day (or night) writing, until finally the day’s tasks catch up with you. Next thing you know, you are severely lacking sleep and feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of everything you still have to do.

Unsurprisingly, this is the point when your schedule starts malfunctioning, and slowly, or all at once, you give up on writing completely.

Do not despair thinking you’ll have to forsake either one. It is possible to combine writing with all other parts of your life and stay productive and happy.

To know how, see our step-by-step productivity guide for young writers below.

Step 1: Stop and Think

Just stop and take a deep breath. Can you do it?

Now take a look at your schedule, your lifestyle and your daily obligations. Don’t try to cut yourself some slack: look at it all with a critical eye.

Answer yourself truthfully: does it really work? Is there a way to use your time more effectively?

Of course, there might be things you have no power over, like school or job. You will have to work around those fixed hours, so find time spots in your day that you can use better. Maybe you could wake up earlier? Maybe you could move some of the tasks around? Is there an hour or two after your classes that you spend just pointlessly watching a TV show, or just mulling over homework assignment that could have been done faster?

If your day is scheduled correctly, you may be able to accomplish much more than you thought was possible.

Step 2: Find Your Rhythm

Now that you know how to move some of the tasks and obligations around, try to find your perfect time for each thing on your daily activities.

You’ll have to experiment to find that perfect time. Maybe it’s in the early morning; maybe it’s between other tasks, maybe it’s on your lunch break. Don’t know yet? Find out.

Many young writers make a mistake of reserving long hours for writing. This actually can become harmful for your productivity: you’ll get tired and distracted. Start small: from 15 to 45 minutes of uninterrupted focused writing, which brings us to the next step.

Step 3: Separate Your Tasks

This step is directly responsible for high or low productivity of writers.

What most young writers don’t know and what all experienced writers do is the separation of tasks in writing. That means actual writing and editing happen at different times. It also means that your first draft should be what it is, no matter how awful it feels.

Don’t go back and reread it. Don’t start fixing the problems and rewriting it as you go. Leave it for later. Let your thoughts flow.

Step 4: Set Achievable Goals

Instead of trying to stick to your New Year resolution of “write a book and become famous”, break this dream into small achievable parts that can be spread out equally throughout the year, and most importantly can be measured.

For example, plan to write 300 words a day. This is manageable and you can see how well you are doing.

Step 5: Relax and Enjoy

We concern ourselves with productivity because of one reason really: to do a lot in a day and still manage to enjoy it.

So don’t overload your day. Break it down to doable parts. Don’t multiply stress; reduce it.

Don’t try to write non-stop or make 1000 words in 10 mins you have on the bus. Take it slow and steady. Remember the tortoise always beats the hare.

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7 Rules For Writers Who Want To Make A Living

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How many times have you thought of becoming a freelance writer? This office work is killing you very time you enter the building. You have to cope with an endless list of tasks and it is absolutely another name for the game. The workload kills your inspiration and you feel washed out. This could be a very sad story, however not yours. We have a much better scenario for you, and would like to outline 7 ways of writing and making a living.

Write Guest Posts

Guest posts is the number one way of earning money. Although there are not so many resources that are ready to pay for your articles, but they do exist. While writing guest-posts you should include backlinks to the resources you write for. Study all the blog demands and requirements prior to writing a guest post. You don’t really know the audience of a certain resource, so sticking to clear demands is essential to attract readers.

Write Online Books

By writing an online book you can also become popular. The content you may encounter in the indie writers’ books is not really of high quality. Nonetheless, they have a chance to become best-sellers. We would not like to incline you to write something that just sells, being extraordinary and bring in some new ideas to your readership. Think over what cherry on the cake you would add to make your writing exquisite.

Create Content for Blogs

Today, oodles of writers are involved into blogging. Writing on a topic may be engaging, yet, why not dive into one specific topic and become an expert in it. Thus, you will have much more incentive to write and get a job satisfaction, as many resources may ask for your opinion. You will have your own special audience and know what this kind of readers will expect.

Get Involved in Sales Copywriting

Writing a descriptive content to sell a product presupposes implication of techniques to favourably present it and outline clear benefits to make people be willing to buy it. Some copywriting tricks such as writing in order to increase attention and credibility to the content, creating success stories or a series of mini success-stories is the way to make others buy what you write. To advance your success, learn what target audience really needs and why a product you write about is beneficial.

Win a Writer’s Contest

Your story should excite you first of all. Let your imagination flow. Create an enticing story with unexpected turn of events. Present bright and extraordinary characters, whose speech patterns would amaze every single reader. Do not dwell on writing about weather, that is of no big deal for others. Proofread your text and be ready to re-write it many times. Nothing personal, just writing. Do not lose hope when another Chief Editor brings your work back and asks to introduce one more set of amendments.

Compose Listicles

Listicles are articles made of a list and text. It’s abbreviated word form for “article” and “list”. Giving concise facts about any phenomena is so helpful for readers. It catches their eye, and meaningful information presented in a favorable and simple way is easy-to- remember. You may earn good money writing listicles for technical companies, for example. Technical information is rather complicated and is hard to comprehend. Listicles will simplify information and attract customers’ attention.

Hold Seminars

Let’s face it. You have a substantial work experience as a writer, and you have enough expertise to share your own tips on writing. So, why not share them with novice writers who feel zest for any piece of advice? You may just write a draft plan for your seminar (either online or offline), create catchy message for social media to advertise your upcoming event and set a date for it.

Summing It Up

It is always a relevant question – “How to make good money out of your passion”. What if you are a writer and have enough experience, and the mere thought of going to an office is killing you? We outlined most popular ways on how to make money writing, and hope that you will cope with drafting highly-paid guest posts, online books, and listicles. Applying for writing contests or starting holding seminars may also help you reveal your inner talents as an author!

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