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    When it Seems Overwhelming: A Note of Encouragement

    One day I was talking with a good writing friend about how I had so many projects to work on. I had to peck away at each one every day. And I day dreamed about some day being caught up. My friend replied: one bite at a time. And she was write. Any project, and book, is accomplished one little bit at a time. We have to just keep doing those little things, keep writing one word, over and over until we are done. So when you start to feel overwhelmed by every thing just remember:

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    On Your Bad Days: A Note of Encouragement

    Writing is not all glamour and perfection. It is hard work, exhausting, soul draining work that takes from us as much as it gives to our readers? So why do we do it? Each of us will answer differently but for me the answer is this: writing is part of my being. Yes, it exhausts and drains me, but then when I am finished it energizes and refills my cup. I write because I need to breathe. So, for your bad days, write yourself a note about why you write. It can be a simple phrase, an inside joke, or even an image. Put in your writing space, or on…

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    Overcoming Fear: A Note of Encouragement

    ‘ello. Krista here attempting to share a note of encouragement. I admit, that I have done several searches on the internet for “Encouragement for Writers” and what I mostly find are quotes about writing. These are not necessarily encouraging. What I want is the kind of thing that says: “Yes, the writing life is hard, but here is a little something you should remember to get you through.” I have come to the conclusion that I must make my own. (Or at least get better and googling). So here it goes: There are many fears that a writer faces. One of those fears is what others will think of us…

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    Wisdom from Neil Gaiman: A Note of Encouragement

    This is one of my favorite quote/memes that I see floating around the web-i-sphere. Why do I like it so much? Because of the many layers of truth that there is to it. What I find very encouraging about it is the comparison that Gaimon makes. Being an adult is hard, but usually not all that rewarding. Writing, and self-publishing, are also hard. Sometimes we don’t get the money we hoped, or the fans we thought we would get. Our work is not always well received. It’s still worth it. For me, the act of writing, and work of self-publishing are reward enough for me. Of course, we all want to have…

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    The Best Writing Advice I’ve Read: A Note of Encouragement

    There is a lot of writing advice out there. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. And every once in a while I find something that is a gem. While I was researching inspiration for my “A Note of Encouragement” series, I stumbled upon an article by Jeff Elkins on TheWritePractice.com. And it was unlike any other writing advice I had ever heard before. I meant to just skim the article and file it away to be read in detail later. But I finished the whole thing. When I was finished, I took a deep breath and said to myself: I can do this. You can do…

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