Tag: writing advice

Self-Care for Writers with Day Jobs

Posted November 27, 2018 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Self-Care for Writers with Day Jobs

Writing can be hard. And when you have a non-writing job that pays your bills, finding the time and energy to sit down and get words down can be challenging. I get it. I’m right there with you. I mean, I’ve been thinking about writing this post on self-care for writers for at least a […]

On writer’s guilt (and setting goals)

Posted December 13, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On writer’s guilt (and setting goals)

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 fur), you should still be writing enough to compete with people writing full time. […]

Why “Never Use Adverbs” Is Bad Writing Advice

Posted August 20, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Why “Never Use Adverbs” Is Bad Writing Advice

Let’s debunk this bad boy. Beyond the fact that “never” is an adverb, which is a fun little irony for you. What IS an adverb? An adverb is more than a word that modifies a verb — but it’s a good start. Adverbs are versatile little words that can modify anything except nouns. (Because if a […]

6 Pieces of Writing Advice I’ll Never Stop Giving

Posted October 23, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
6 Pieces of Writing Advice I’ll Never Stop Giving

As a writing coach, I find myself doling out writing advice quite often. Because many writers are negative Nellys (sorry, but it’s true), most of these are meant to counter the negative with something positive. Turn these into mantras whenever you’re struggling. 1. You can do it. YOU SERIOUSLY CAN. Most of the reasons you […]

Why the Easiest Advice Is Also the Hardest

Posted December 5, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Why the Easiest Advice Is Also the Hardest

“Just sit down and write” is one piece of advice budding writers hear a lot of. And it’s easy. I mean, just write. Right? Wrong. Because it can take a lot to sit yourself down in front of the computer and write. In theory, it’s easy to sit down and write. You only have to […]