Tag: writing mindset

The #1 Reason You’ll Never Be An Author

Posted July 3, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
The #1 Reason You’ll Never Be An Author

The number one reason you’ll never be an author is… YOU It’s not time or writing ability or lack of money or any other reason you can throw into the fire. It’s you. You’re the one who defeats yourself with your doubts and insecurities. It’s because you think, “This is never going to work” and […]

Give Yourself Permission to Struggle

Posted June 26, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Give Yourself Permission to Struggle

In a perfect world, you sit down to write at the time you set aside for it and knock out your daily word count without any trouble. But we don’t live a perfect world. Give yourself permission to struggle with writing It’s not a “failure” to struggle. (We don’t use the f-word here anyway.) Struggle […]

Writing Isn’t a Once Every Few Months Activity

Posted June 5, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Writing Isn’t a Once Every Few Months Activity

I crashed and burned in April. Trying to juggle writing a story (that I didn’t know where to take) and editing my book for May publication became too much. I gave up writing, dove into editing, and didn’t resurface until the beginning of May. By then, I’d had a pretty important writing revelation. The reason […]

Stop Trying to Make People Like You. Write a Good Sentence and Avoid Overwriting.

Posted April 24, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Stop Trying to Make People Like You. Write a Good Sentence and Avoid Overwriting.

The biggest mistake writers make is wanting to write something people like Not because it’s impossible or that you’re not allowed to shine like the bright star you are—because your desire to write something “amazingly awesome that everyone’s going to love” leads to overwriting. When you try to sound intelligent, you bloat your writing with […]