Category: Writing

How to Write While Working Full-Time

Posted January 24, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How to Write While Working Full-Time

Trying to squeeze writing into your day when you work full-time is tough. I know because it’s my constant battle. But here are a few easy steps you can take to win the epic fight. (Or you know, just write.) 1. Get intimate with your schedule Learn it. Get a feel for it. When you understand […]

A case for reading the genre you write

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Book Marketing, Writing
A case for reading the genre you write

Especially if it’s romance. (Seriously. Romance is one of the most misunderstood genres out there.) So here’s the thing about genre: It’s a framework. Within each genre are conventions that readers expect (and want) to see. We seek our favorite genres for the predictability of the plot, and we admire writers who twist conventions to create […]

On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Posted December 13, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Writer’s guilt usually comes in the form of the voice that whispers you should be writing. Writer’s guilt doesn’t care what else is going on in your life. If you work 40 hours a week, commute to work, and have kids (human or furbabies), you should still be writing enough to compete with people writing full-time. Writer’s […]

How to Prep for NaNoWriMo Without Freaking Out

Posted October 11, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How to Prep for NaNoWriMo Without Freaking Out

If you’ve been on the Internet lately, and are involved in the writing community, then you probably know NaNoWriMo is coming. Less than a month to go! There’s a lot of advice available, but I find that getting deep down in NaNoWriMo preparation articles only makes me feel more overwhelmed than before. If you want […]

When the Word Well Runs Dry

Posted May 26, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
When the Word Well Runs Dry

Authors with full-time day jobs aren’t uncommon. Likely more the norm than anything. We toil away at work, whatever that may be, come home, and write. (Or in a different order, but the end result is ultimately the same.) We work, we write, we blog. And while I’m lucky enough to have crossover between my full-time […]