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Read it back to me, please

I am perpetually in editor-mode. This is one of my flaws; one that holds me back considerably when I am writing. And the reason is that I spend far more time re-reading what I have written rather than just blurting all my thoughts down on paper (screen?) as they come to me. All the experts say just dump it all out at once; you can always go back and re-read it again later on. That’s all well and good, but when you are like me, you’re constantly re-reading your last sentence back to yourself. What that means is

You know you’re a writer when …

I saw a writers’ meme (?) on Facebook the other day.

I reposted it and tagged my husband, apologising, because there have been many times when I am writing something and I burst out mid-sentence, reading what I’ve written out loud. He immediately understood what it meant. I told him I’d wait to be alone in future and his response was, “Nah. You won’t. You’ll just forget about it in the moment, and just go on reading out loud as you normally do.”

I am ashamed to say that he’s probably right.

Writer’s Write does a few of

How to connect with your readers

Credit: ‘Chelmsford Public Library’ on Flickr

One of the best (and worst) aspects of self-publishing, is the ability to connect directly to your readers using various social tools. The GoodReads platform is a very good example of this kind of ability. And while there have been a number of horror stories popping out from GoodReads.com, there is no denying the possibility of connecting in very real ways to those who read your books.

The primary thing to remember in this task is the fact that your readers are your gold mine. Without them, you’re simply writing for

Inspiration can come from surprising places

I had occasion to send some encouraging words to a demotivated writer today. Why is that something of note? Because it’s ironic; I myself am somewhat of a demotivated writer. I struggle with all kinds of fears and misgivings about writing. A lot of the blocks I am dealing with are real ones – stress of a military deployment, health issues, school, work, personal issues – but a lot of those blocks are also psychological (e.g. “What’s the point? I really don’t write very well at all – not enough to make a difference.”)

My advice to the

Come Write with us on the FE blog.

We’re looking for guest writers for our blog here on Free-eBooks.net and we wanted to get our community in on the action. We want you to share your experiences, motivations, challenges, and stories with us.

As authors, our primary aim is to tell our story. We dream up imaginative scenarios and people and we write about them. For the most part, it’s pointless if no one else reads about them – isn’t it? The whole idea behind writing is to provide entertainment for other people. If no one is being entertained, then what it boils down to is