Q4U: Blocked Writing

Q4U: Blocked Writing Some people believe in writer’s block; others believe in the power of discipline and “just do it.” Some writers wait for the muse, others just power through. Some have numerous obligations competing for their time; others are not so fragmented. All of us have moments… hours… days… or even weeks in which we can’t write. What, if anything, hinders your writing?

When Do You Read Blogs?

When Do You Read Blogs? I’ve been writing this blog for three-and-a-half years and this whole time, I’ve been on a Monday through Friday blogging schedule. So now I’m experimenting with posting on weekends, too, which I think will give me more time for some fun stuff like comics and questions and polls and contests and videos. But I’m wondering if people even read blogs on weekends. And that led me to wonder about your blog reading patterns in general. Do you have a regular time when you normally read blogs? Or is it random? Do you ever sit down to read blogs on the weekend? Do you only read at work (i.e. on the weekdays?) Do you read at home, or both? Inquiring minds want to know! Tell us about your blog reading patterns. P.S. Just to answer my own question…my own blog reading...

Would You Rather…

It’s time for another installment of my kids’ favorite car game, in which you get to choose between two hypothetical options. If you’re lucky enough to have played this game with kids, you’ve probably had to choose between lovely alternatives like: “Would you rather be hairy all over or completely bald?” or, “Would you rather be the most beautiful person ever but really dumb, or the smartest person ever but really ugly?” My favorite question lately was, “Would you rather play World of Warcraft… or kill yourself?” (That was a tough one.) But today’s question for you is not so hard. Here it is: Would you rather give up writing for the rest of your life but have all the time you wanted for reading… or give up...

How Do You Learn to Write?

How Do You Learn to Write? We talk so much about the business of publishing on this blog, but it always has to come back to the writing, doesn’t it? I can’t overstate the the importance of taking the time and effort to master the craft. So how does an author objectively know the quality of their writing? People are constantly telling me how frustrating it is. They send their work out to editors/agents and get rejections but no feedback. How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? I think the answer is that you have to learn any which way you can. You piece it together. You take the lessons where you can find them. This could mean: → You read books on writing, and books in the genre in which you write. → You’re a member of writers’ organizations and online forums. →...

Tell Us About Yourself!

Tell Us About Yourself! It’s time once again for me to learn more about you. To the right in the sidebar, there are FIVE questions. Please answer each one as accurately as you can by clicking in the bubble. Then in the comments, tell us either: –Something interesting about your current work in progress (WIP); or –Something interesting about yourself. I look forward to getting to know you! Thanks and have a great weekend… © 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary...

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