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Need Motivation to Write? How to Stop Procrastinating

“Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.” Here’s how to stop procrastinating and start writing words that matter – even if you don’t have a needle yet. “I am working on a thesis in, ironically, how to analyze a Shakespearean sonnet,” said Evan in response to Overcoming Procrastination for Writers. “The irony is that I’m writing about the most famous […]

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

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8 Time-Tested Personality Traits of the Best Poets and Writers

First, the results of a research study about the writing habits of famous writers. Then, the personality traits of the best poets and writers that stand the test of time. Which aren’t based on research. Here’s what a reader asked about the personality traits of successful writers: “Is it possible to learn to become a top writer or it is something […]


Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated

I found a great article about writing a novel on The Independent. Here’s the best of the tips on how to stay motivated – I tweaked them to apply to writers who need a boost. If you’ve ever felt rejected by publishers, literary agents, or even your writing group, you need to learn ways to keep your motivation levels high. If you’re […]

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How to Make an Editorial Calendar for Writers

How about increasing your writing productivity by 150%? Here’s how to make an editorial calendar for writers who want to write but get distracted by other tasks. If your writing is hit-or-miss, read A Writer’s Guide To Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice by Jordan Rosenfeld. You’ll learn how to balance writing with the rest of your […]


Inspiration for Women Writers

Do you need inspiration to write? The five most important things women writers need are faith, energy, time, discipline, and freedom. Here’s a quick shot of each, to motivate and inspire you. If you struggle to write every day, read Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block by S.J. Scott. You’ll learn how […]

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Creative Gifts for Artists – Inspired by Picasso

Painters, sculptors, cartoonists, potters, and sketch artists  will love this list of creative gifts for artists. I also share a short parable by Picasso – it’s both inspirational and realistic. It offers insight into the painter’s life, and that’s one of the best gifts you can give an artist. Picasso (the book cover is pictured) is Philippe Dagen’s exploration of the artist Pablo […]


Practical Tips and Writing Inspiration for When You Can’t Write

When you can’t write, you need writing inspiration of a different ilk. These practical tips are inspired by the best writing quotes from famous writers – and by my experience as The Writer Who Didn’t Get Published. Yeah. More about that below. First, though, how invested are you in writing? If you don’t have regular encouragement to write, then your […]

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Writing Motivation for Struggling Writers

The Parable of the Poor Farmer is the perfect storm of writing motivation for writers who are struggling to write a book, chapter, page, or even a sentence. My tips on how to stay motivated to write are inspired by this parable – and by Natalie Goldberg. The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language is one of Goldberg’s most […]