Know Your Enemy – Procrastination

Procrastination blocks productivity. Still, procrastination is better tackled when it’s understood. By definition, procrastination means “the act of delaying or postponing something”, more specifically “putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention”. You are technically only procrastinating in...

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Writing Conference Basics

For some ambitious writers, the New Year is a time to check out new and exciting writing conferences. This is a tangible way to invest in your personal development, and a great way to open up your professional network....

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Improving Writer Health “Bird by Bird”

One of the founding goals here at The Art of Stories has always been advocating writer’s physical and mental health. No, I don’t have a program for this or any kind of special diet or system I’m selling. There...

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Project Distraction: Shiny Object Syndrome and Plot Bunnies

Writers, like all creative people, hope to never run short of ideas. Unfortunately, focus problems plus an abundance of ideas add up to distraction. There are several terms for this, including but not limited to the more popular two:...

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The Ugly Work of Writing

Writing is isolated work, performed within the mind, transferred to paper by simple mechanical means, and then finally shared only after it’s finished. Like any art, the stages of the project are most often hidden, and the artist is...

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5 Principles to Enhance Creative Practice

People don't give enough credit to the act of learning, focusing so much on labeling people "ahead" or "behind" when really, we're all progressing. The following experience is generously shared by blogger Amy Hopkins: “When I was a kid, I...

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Writing Full Time: Should I Quit My Day Job?

Professional writer. Sounds like the dream job of a lifetime! If you can write creatively, get paid enough to live on, and spend your days doing what you love, why not? Well, there is quite the debate over day...

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You’re Writing A Memoir?

Much of the blog content here at Art of Stories has been intended for fiction writers. This is a tragedy. It’s also the result of simple ignorance in the field of creative nonfiction. Honestly, there’s a stunning lack of communication...

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Guest Post by Diana Rose

Today’s guest post was graciously shared by Diana Rose, contracted author of YA Fantasy Romance with Across Genres Publishing. She’s agreed to share some excerpts from her personal essay on writing, her journey, and what she has learned from...

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Are There No Original Ideas?

Many debate over the nature of creative writing, especially when major trends become obvious, and popularity causes a market flood of a particular genre or topic. The culture associated with writing and storytelling often comes up against one tenacious...

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