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Learn To Love Your Characters


All writers, myself included, need to learn to love our characters more. We need to implement this love into two aspects of our writing.

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First, always remember what initially inspired you to start writing. What motivated you to pick up the proverbial pen to put words down on paper? Maybe there were visions of grandeur and fame, but there are plenty of ways to chase that without sweating over a book, essay or poem. Our culture seems to always be looking for the next new reality star; you can probably chase fame easier that way, than by writing.

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More than likely, you didn’t start writing for the purpose of a foolish get-rich-quick scheme. You had a passion for it. You had a story bubbling up inside you that could no longer be contained. You had a love for writing. Always go back to that love. Especially on the days when you’re scrambling for the motivation to sit down and do it. Always remember to love the process, then dip your pen into the ink of your love of writing.


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Second, if you are writing a story where you are developing characters, apply this tip to each character you want to bring to life. Love your characters more. I mean literally. Have passion for them. Have hopes, dreams, fears, hate, anger, jealousy, excitement, and compassion. Love your characters as if they are your family and friends. Your readers will feel it when you have passion for your characters. Love them more each time you write about them. It will come through on the page.

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If you’re sitting there thinking that your writing doesn’t have characters because you’re not writing fiction, think again. All writing has characters that need to be loved. If you’re writing a memoir, you need to learn to love the younger self you’re writing about. If you’re writing an essay or article about the state of the world, love the people affected, love the state or country impacted, love the planet that needs changing. If you’re writing a self-help book, focus on each person you’re writing the book for and lean in and love them.



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Time to Kickstart Your Writing Into Full Gear

We all need someone to push us toward the things we want to accomplish from time to time. We all need weekly and daily opportunities to recenter ourselves to what’s important in life. Always revisit and rely on those people and things that help you remember who you are and what you want for your life.

Posts on Nothing Any Good have been a little sporadic recently. I apologize for that. Trying to finish and publish 40 Tips on Creative Writing last year took a lot of time and creative energy. Once that was done, the holidays and new year hit and I feel like I haven’t been able to come up for air. But these are just excuses, and you know what they say about excuses?

Yea, me neither.

Anyway, the point is, we’re back, friends! You can expect to see more regular articles, updates, and advice on NAG now.

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Many of you have already read 40 Tips on Creative WritingSome of you have even reviewed it. (Thank you!) The rest of you, well, let’s just say I’m watching you. I never forget a face, even faces I’ve never seen. I’ll remember you decided not to get my new book. Trust me, I’ll remember.

For those that read it, I’ve been told readers have found it to be inspirational and a perfect pick-me-up to get their writing mojo going again. That’s exactly the point of it. The book is a way to keep us inspired, healthy, happy, and productive writers. I’m glad it’s doing the trick for many of you! Honestly, it does the trick for me too. I refer to it early and often. There are plenty of days I’m struggling to get the creative mojo going. This book helps me.

For those of you that are thinking, “I’m not really a writer, so it doesn’t make sense for me.” Think again. It’s written with the focus of providing inspiration and tips to all walks of life. Parts are honed toward the writer in all of us, but the ideas can be applied to any creative endeavor, whether that’s writing, painting, building a business, or even starting a family. There are tips in there for everyone.

To whet your appetite, here are five truncated tips from the book free of charge. Consider it a gift. You’re welcome.


1) Life’s too short to not seize the opportunities with which we are presented. Always take the chance to do what you love when it comes along. Write that book! Start now! Do you have thirty minutes today? Sit down and start writing.


2) Be quick to show compassion and empathy. When you find yourself suffering from the clichéd writer’s block, take this advice to heart. Put yourself into your character’s shoes. Show compassion and empathy. What is your lead character feeling? Get yourself into the state mind of your character. As much as you can, put yourself in a place where you can understand and feel everything that your character is going through. It’s the skill of the great writer.


3) Don’t dress like a bum all day long. Some people do perfectly well rolling out of bed and doing great things in their underwear all day. I’m not one of those people. If I want to be productive, I prepare for it. Production doesn’t just magically happen. There has to be a plan. Wake up early. Shower. Wear respectable clothes. Eat breakfast. Get your mind right for writing. Then, when you’re good and ready, sit down and write.


4) Don’t be afraid to see dinosaurs even when everyone else around you doesn’t. Anyone who has ever tried to write anything of worth, and for that matter any creative type who has ever tried to make something out of nothing, knows how exciting and scary that can be at the same time. Take that excitement and fear and use it. Don’t worry about how others say you’re supposed to write. Write the way that you want to write. Sure, soak in all the advice and feedback from writing experts and amateurs alike. Take it all to heart. Let it wash over you. Then filter it through that beautiful brain of yours and write the way you feel called to write.


5) Have a routine, but avoid being routine. Having a routine is good. We just finished agreeing not to dress like a bum all day long. This is part of planning to be productive. Having a routine and a schedule can ensure that you are actually writing and not just dreaming about it. But don’t let that routine control you. Follow it as far as it will lead on the road of utility, but the moment you hit a dead end and it’s no longer useful, break away from it. Avoid being routine.


Now’s your chance to get the book. Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to kickstart your writing into full gear in 2018!




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Do These 5 Essential Tasks Before You Launch Your Writing Business

by Jay Donnelly


If you want to make your living putting pen to paper, you need to treat it like any other business. That means you have to be serious about your writing craft, as well as the actual business side of writing. To that end, you will need to ensure that you have done these 5 things listed below before you launch your writing business.


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1. Decide on your niche

The number one task that you have to complete before you launch your writing career is to decide which nice you will specialise in. Of course, this sounds a lot easier than it actually is because there are so many writing-related careers available in the current market. Yes, you have the more traditional routes such as novel author, technical author, or journalist, but there are also many others to consider.

These include things like CV writing, a role in which you can help your clients land the job of their dreams. Then there is ghostwriting where you get to write a book in line with someone else’s ideas, and it gets published under their name.

Another area of writing that can be a good niche to focus on is writing things like a sponsorship letter for startups or helping them create their business proposals. These are vital documents that help to secure funding for businesses when they need them most, and as they need to be both clear and convincing, employing a professional writer to do them is a popular choice.

You also may want to consider writing in the marketing sector, which often includes creating blog and social media posts, as well as advertising copy. Something that the demand for is increasing, as more and more business embrace the efficacy and low cost of marketing their brands online.  



2. Get confident

Number two on the list is to get confident in your writing. What does being confident look like? Well, it’s really a multifaceted thing, but includes things like knowing your grammar, and being able to edit successfully. It is also about finding your unique voice, as well as being able to tailor pieces in tone and style to the places that they will be published.

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To do this, you can take several steps, the most important of which is to ensure that you make time to write every day that matches the niche that you hope to enter into. In fact, there is no better way to ensure that you are honing your craft than to practice is regularly, no matter how you feel.

You can also read about around the niche that you want to specialise in, including advice on how to write for the most popular publications, or publishers, as well as actual examples of work that is out there.



3. Get the business side of things in order

Of course, getting prepared to launch your writing business isn’t all about the details of the written work. It’s also about the practicalities of the business side of things. Something that you need to have spot-on if you hope to be a success.

The first thing to think about here, is, like any other business, how you will get your writing company off of the ground financially. Luckily, starting a writing business isn’t usually too expensive, as all you need is a computer, internet connection, and some funds to market yourself and cover your costs.

Then you need to ensure that you have the legal side of things covered. This usually means registering for tax purposes, but some working related business may want to look at specific insurances as well.

Last, of all, it’s vital that when considering the practicalities of your writing business you know how you will source work. This can vary widely from niche to nice as well, so its best have this sorted before you jump in.

For example, copy and CV writers can work independently, or as freelancers for companies that find work for them. While novelists may choose to take their work to established publishers or self-publish as an ebook on platforms like Amazon.

4. Have a strategy for when things aren’t going too well

Remember too, that making your money from writing can be a tough gig, especially if you aren’t feeling particularly creative that day, or you are suffering from a bad case of writer’s block. That is why is so important to have a strategy for the bad days and the things that can go wrong.

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These strategies may include dealing with writer’s block by assigning a time to write daily and not allowing yourself to do anything but write or sit at your desk during that time. That means no smartphones, Facebook, radio or TV. Many writers say that after a while writing becomes preferable to sitting there in silence and so the block is lifted.

Others find that time away from their office and desk, walking outside or doing something physical like an exercise class is the best medicine for when they just don’t have the inspiration that they need.

That is why it’s essential to know your personality and working practices well, so you can choose the option that will get you back on task, and earning money in the quickest manner possible.


5. Find some support


Last of all, while us writers may tend to err on the more introverted side of the personality scale, it can be a somewhat lonely lot. Especially if we are working from home, and have little interaction with people doing a similar job.

Writing can be a lonely lot, and joining an online writers group can be a fab source of support.

To combat this, it can be really helpful to join an online group that deals with the areas in which you are working. The reason for this is not only can they offer support and empathy, as they will be going through similar trials themselves, but they will also be the absolute best people to ask for constructive criticism on your work. Something that will enable you to improve, and can help you writing business to be ever more successful.


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