5 Creative Ways to Battle Writer’s Block

Nicholas C. Rossis

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5 Creative Ways to Battle Writer’s Block

Calvin & Hobbes, writer's block | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksWriting is an interesting career that requires a writer to think outside the box and be creative. Writing in the same field can become exhaustive after a while, and writers may find it difficult to come up with new ideas. This often leads to self-plagiarism and the infamous writer’s block. Here are some tips on how to overcome these.

1. Divide and conquer

Writing longer works can be a hard task for writers. To make it simple, they can divide up the writing into different independent sections that will be joined together upon completion. More importantly, this will allow them to juggle various ideas without forgetting any of them: writing an idea…

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Free books, and marketing

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As I have said before, I like to consider myself to be a ‘committed’ blogger. When I can, I post tips and advice for new bloggers, and hopefully add to the wealth of information provided free of charge by so many others. In return, I have access to countless other similar posts, as well as receiving some useful advice and instructional details by email.

I have always thought that it is important to support other bloggers too. I have donated to charities, given to causes and fund-raisers, and I have also bought quite a few e-books written by people I follow. If anyone seeks advice, I will throw my hat into the ring to try to help them, even if I am not always able to provide the right answers. OK, enough about me, what am I on about then?

I recently took up the offer of a free e-book…

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How to Get a Great Cover Design for Your Self-Published Book

A Writer's Path

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by Kate M. Colby

Readers do judge books by their covers, and your cover is your #1 marketing tool. For new independent authors, acquiring a book cover is a thrilling, but daunting, task. Once your book has a cover, it looks like a “real” book. The cover is something tangible you can show your friends and family — I know for me, my book cover reveal was the moment when my loved ones realized I had actually written a novel.

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Writing Tips: Live a Lot, Write a Lot

A Writer's Path

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by Liam Cross

If you’re anything like me (someone who loves the outdoors to begin with) then this won’t be an issue for you. Chances are you make time every now and then to get yourself out to some beautiful, serene spots to enjoy the tranquility of the outdoor world and all that comes with it.

You probably use this time as a means to clear your mind, a tool to relieve the stresses that develop due to everyday life and also as a way to remind yourself that you are a small spec on the window which is our colossal earth and that in turn, the earth is just a small spec on the window that is our universe.

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28 Things You Don’t Need To Worry About When You Write A First Draft #MondayBlogs #Writers

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Once you have written a few first drafts you realise there are some things you don’t need to waste valuable time and energy worrying about.The first stage is simply an outpouring of words onto a page. Nothing else.

Here is a list of 28 things you don’t need to worry about whilst writing your first draft.

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Emotional Beats: Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes

Nicholas C. Rossis

Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, featuring Part 2 of the book: Body Parts.

Hands and legs

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

An easy way to show what someone is thinking is through their feet: whatever they’re pointing at, that’s where their attention lies. Other ways to use hands and legs in your beats include:

  • Tenting his short fingers…
  • With a flourish, she brandished a letter dramatically.
  • He brushed a hand under his nose like a child with a cold.
  • His hand jutted out over the edge of the bed.
  • He lifted his hands.
  • He spread his hands.
  • He leaned on one elbow.

Nods, head, and back

How about using our characters’ entire head to illustrate a point?

  • He let his forehead…

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What’s in a Name?

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Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names.

A couple of months ago, while outlining my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”

He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”

Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.

A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”

Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…

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