Category Archives: Writing Tips

How to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write

Question mark - Courtesy Horia Varlan | flickr

Courtesy Horia Varlan | flickr

By guest blogger Sue Mitchell

Oh, the irony! I suggested to Milli that I write a post about not letting questions and uncertainty stop you from writing, and here I am staring at the blank electronic page, stymied by the question, “How should I start?”

I know I’m supposed to grab your attention right away, but how? Totally stuck on that. In fact, I’ve been wandering around asking myself that question for a couple of days now, ever since I agreed to guest post on Unleash Your Writing! and suggested this topic. What was I thinking?

Take note: I am writing. Even though I still don’t know the answer about how to start.

And, as it turns out, starting with a real-life example like this makes a lot of sense. Good thing I went ahead and started!

In my work with creative folks, I’ve identified Continue reading

Are You Emotionally Ready for a Critique? Two Ways to Know

By Milli Thornton

In my work with students in the Fear of Writing Online Course, I’ve had boatloads of writers come to me for healing from bad critique experiences.

Some of these situations cannot be avoided (for example, a few college professors out there can be particularly destructive—but if you want a passing grade you just have to swallow it). However, writers will sometimes inflict critique scenarios on themselves when they’re not ready. Continue reading

Woody Allen’s Sensational Success Tip for Writers

Who is this guy, Woody, and why would he have any worthwhile tips for writers?

Wikipedia tells us that “Woody Allen (born December 1, 1935) is an award-winning American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, and playwright, whose career spans over half a century. He is also a jazz clarinetist who performs regularly at small venues in Manhattan.”

Impressive. Woody has his own page on Wikipedia. But there’s nothing remarkable about that, right? After all, he’s famous. He was born to have his own page on Wikipedia, right?

Wait a minute. Continue reading