Monday, December 29, 2014

HELP!

By Andrea Merrell










Ever feel like you’re going down for the third time, with no one around to save you? If so, you’re not alone. All writers, new and seasoned, have areas of constant struggle.

Maybe you have a problem with:
  • Time management
  • Constant interruptions
  • Self-discipline
  • Creating the perfect spot to find inspiration
  • Writer’s block
  • Staying focused on your project
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Mastering the art of all-things-social-media
  • Physical limitations.

To break it down even more, many writers have trouble mastering things like:
  • Point of view
  • Crafting good dialogue
  • Creating realistic characters
  • Showing—not telling
  • Writing tight

Your Achilles’ heel may be something as simple as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Whatever the case might be for you personally, remember: As writers, we are all a work in progress. The good news is that help is available in the form of critique groups, writers’ conferences, local workshops, online support groups, informative blogs, and your own inner circle of writer/friends.

The best remedy is practice, practice, practice. Don't try to do everything at once. Take one area at a time and work on it until it becomes a natural part of your writing life. Sometimes it starts with something as simple as a decision. Other times, it takes careful planning and the willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve your goal.

Don’t ever be afraid to expose your weaknesses—we all have them. The Bible says, Two are better than one, and Iron sharpens iron, so find an accountability partner, ask questions, and seek help whenever you need it. Sometimes it’s only a click away.

What do you struggle with the most as a writer? What words of wisdom do you have for those that have a problem with some of the items above? Where do you go for help? Leave a comment and start the conversation.

(Photos courtesy of Microsoftoutlookhelp and Keithburnettministries.com.)

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