Dear Literary Ladies

Do I Have Enough Wisdom to Be a Good Writer?

By | On Jul 26, 2014 | Comments (2)

Dear Literary Ladies,
Sometimes I feel that I don’t have enough life experience to be a good writer. Everything I write, in hindsight, looks rather shallow and inauthentic. Should I wait until I’ve lived more fully, and gain some wisdom, before I bare my soul to the public in writing, or should I just plow ahead?  Read More→

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How do I get into the mood to write?

By | On Jul 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dear Literary Ladies,

Some days, I’m just not in the mood to write, even if I can find the time. I’m tired, preoccupied, distracted — I can find any number of reasons not to get started. How do you get into the mood to write? Read More→

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How can I stick to a writing schedule?

By | On Jul 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dear Literary Ladies,
I would dearly love to call myself a professional writer, but I’m so easily distracted. After the kids go to school, it’s off to work, the gym, and endless errands. On weekends, I entertain family or visit with friends. In the midst of all this, I can’t seem to find time to write. How can I fit everything in?

To be a professional writer one must be prepared to give up almost everything except living. Amateur writers are not included in this rule (I loathe loud-talking amateurs of any walk of life.An amateur is an apprentice and should conduct himself as such, keeping his mouth shut and learning his craft). The first lesson to be learned by a writer is to be able to say, “Thanks so much. I’d love to, but I can’t. I’m working.”

—Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963

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Why am I afraid to take risks with my writing?

By | On Jun 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dear Literary Ladies,
I want to go in a new direction with my writing. But I’m afraid I’ll fail and feel foolish. Can you give me any encouragement that will help me take some risks with my work and get out of my comfort zone?  Read More→

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How can I write, when I have so little time?

By | On Jun 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dear Literary Ladies,
I always thought that one needed great swathes of time to get any writing done. Now I hear that some esteemed authors worked in short bursts and still produced an enormous amount of brilliant work. I want to hear from one of you. How did you do it, and what did you do with the rest of your time? Read More→

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