Tag: mindset

On the Comparison Trap

Posted August 13, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On the Comparison Trap

Listen, writers, we need to talk. As lonely as writing can be, sometimes it can be even lonelier when you see your writing buddies or role models slapping down more words and publishing more successful books than you are. It’s easy to forget we’re unique. That we have circumstances or skills or brains different from […]

Your Writer’s Block is Fear

Posted December 4, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Your Writer’s Block is Fear

I spent an entire day dodging the rewrites of my novel, Hidden Illusions. I poked around social media. I escaped on errands. I stared at the computer screen willing the words to come, but nothing happened. Not because I was suffering from writer’s block. I knew I needed to make drastic changes and I wasn’t sure if […]

Stop Justifying Your Process and WRITE

Posted November 6, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Stop Justifying Your Process and WRITE

I’ve noticed a trend with writers. And honestly, it’s not just writers, but with bloggers and people in general, but this for YOU, dear writer. No matter what it is you write, this applies to you. Writers spend an awful lot of time justifying their writing process What do I mean by “justifying”? Explaining. Pointing […]

Reasons People Avoid Editing (+ Why They Shouldn’t)

Posted September 18, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Reasons People Avoid Editing (+ Why They Shouldn’t)

  People hate editing. It fills them with dread as they side-eye their draft wondering how little editing they can get away with. When I named my business, I always envisioned that the path of least revision meant approaching the editing process in a way that increases your efficiency and decreases your frustrations and the […]

What You Say Determines What You Do—or Don’t Do

Posted September 11, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
What You Say Determines What You Do—or Don’t Do

Your mindset is everything I’m fresh off a week of the Bout of Books read-a-thon, and if you ever need a lesson in how people talk about their goals and progress, following the #boutofbooks hashtag on Twitter is enough to see that people are incredibly negative and self-judging. “I’m totally failing!” and “OMG, I had to […]