Great simple tips if you hit a slump!
Very informative and helpful post. Put the issue into perspective I think.
by A.G. Young
So today we’re talking about if you should Self Publish or Traditionally Publish that baby you have been working on for months or years. This of course is no easy question to answer, and also very highly personal to each writer. So I am going to discuss my opinion on the matter. And a little forewarning, because of the topic of this post, this is going to be a long one.
Before you can answer this main question, you must answer a few others first. Let’s see what those are.
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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Rebecca Dolman
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If like me you sometimes struggle to get the creative juices flowing, it can quickly become very frustrating. There’s nothing worse than knowing you need to write something, but you can’t seem to put two words together. So here are three tips to help you get going again!
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Who else experiences this?
Once you get The Creative Itch you will struggle to carry on with daily activities as your mind will not stop chanting “I want to do something creative!” or “I must write something!”
The urge to do something creative can be pretty powerful. It is very similar to a sugar craving as it is hard to ignore and in some cases you can experience withdrawal symptoms.
The Creative Itch is worse when you have zero chance of being able to write or do something creative. In these situations the symptoms will intensify and in some cases can lead to a total meltdown / hissy fit!
Here are some of the signs of The Creative Itch.
You may experience a few or all of these depending upon your creative urge:
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Glazed over eyes.
- Lack of desire to interact with other humans.
- Urge to draw doodles.
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Wanted to keep the momentum going from Camp NaNoWriMo? Try out these prompts!
It’s that time again. Time for another list of writing prompts for your writing pleasure. Use them to help with writer’s block or to get the juices flowing, or don’t use them at all. That’s your choice. I’m just putting them here so you can maybe find some inspiration from them. Anyway, here they are!
- Write a myth to explain why the sun sets.
- You travel back in time to 1900 BC. Explain how it happened and what you experience.
- You were aboard the ship that Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas. Write about what you experienced.
- Rewrite your favourite fairy tale.
- You are learning how to fly your first spaceship.
- Describe Hell.
- Describe happiness as a person.
- You invent a serum to help rich people live forever, but they must start their new life at the bottom and start from scratch to gain back their fortune.
- Write a potion…
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I find naming things very difficult and I can’t be the only one so here’s a post to help.
About nine months ago, I wrote a post about creating your own fake town. To this day, it’s one of the most actively read posts on my blog – people are still finding me via that post. And it’s still the reason why people FIND my blog. So I figured I would do a series of posts, elaborating on some of those ideas.
First up: how and what to name your fake town.
Let’s face it. Naming a fake town is one of the coolest parts of coming up with your own setting. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like Arkham, Idaho; Cemetery Junction, California; or Bloodlust, Indiana? A fun name will keep you excited, it will (hopefully) intrigue your readers, and it can really say something about the strange goings on in this sleepy Midwestern burb.
In my mind, there’s at least three different…
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This is well worth a read if you need help on creating a setting for your story. US-centric but definitely helpful.
So one of the things I’m a fan of in novels is the “fake town.” Also known as the “fictional city,” the “imaginary inlet,” or the “hypothetical hot spot.” Or maybe I’m the only one who thinks of them like that? Ahem. Okay, moving on.
So what’s the point of crafting your own town to set the story in, versus using an established city. I think the main benefit is the ease with which you can write. If you use an established city, then you’re expected to do more research. But if you create your own town, you can just make it all up as you go. Now there are pros and cons to this.
The pros are obvious: you can build up the town however you like, and whatever’s going to make your job easier. It has whatever history you want it to have. Who cares if there’s not…
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