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Showing the New Year Who's Boss by VR Barkowski
 
If you're like me, during the holidays you scale back your writing time. As we move closer to the new year, it's time to start thinking about returning our focus to the blank page. I know, I know, it hurts. Writing is hard!

Here are a few tips to get you back on the right track.
  • Make time to read. Reading is a great way to kick-start your imagination and get the creative juices flowing. Re-read something you love, or pick up a book or story by an author who inspires you.
  • Write down your goals for the new year. Select one to focus on. Chose a goal that stretches you as a writer but is still manageable. Hit the ground running.
  • Create a plan. If your schedule allows only fifteen minutes of writing time each day, you aren't going to be able to complete a novel in a week. How will you reach your goal? What do you need to do to get there?
  • Build in accountability. Whether it's rewarding yourself for reaching a word count or recruiting a friend to call and check on your progress, accountability makes it far more likely you will succeed.
Ready, set, now go kick some 2017 butt! 
 VR Barkowski is the author of A Twist of Hate. Recipient of both the Al Blanchard Award and the Colorado gold for Mystery, her most recent short story appears in the anthology, Windward: Best New England Crime Stories 2016. Connect with VR via her blog or on Twitter @vrbarkowski.
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Dear Persistent Writer by Chrys Fey
 
A book you slaved over for years was rejected by an agent.
 
You have 800 rejections total.
 
You finally get an agent, but s/he later drops you.
 
You don't hear back from your editor.
 
Your imprint folds.
 
Your publisher goes under.
 
Your big contract is canceled.
 
You’re asked to rewrite a book you’ve already rewritten. Twice.

BUT...you won't give up. You'll pull yourself up and keep on going. And for that I want to congratulate you. So many writers give up after these setbacks, to never publish their first book or to never publish again. Except, you won’t ever quit. You’ll never stop trying. GOOD FOR YOU!
 
If you keep trying, you’ll make it. You’ll publish one of your books, and you’ll publish more after it.
 
If you’re serious about writing, you won’t quit, even when you consider it. That is admirable.

Be persistent. This is your dream, and you deserve it!
Alex J. Cavanaugh will be announcing the WINNERS on January 4th! Make sure to stop in at the IWSG Site to see and congratulate the winners. 
HELPFUL ARTICLES:

- The Top 55 Apps for Writers

Blogging:
10 Basics To Setting-Up Your Blog

How to Promote Your Blog Posts
- 15 Expert Tips to Increase Reader Comments on Blog Posts
- 6 Tips For Getting More Traffic on your Author Blog
- Creating Easy Branded Images for Your Blog and Social Media
- 
Blogging Got You Down? Follow These 6 Steps

Dialogue: 
- Tighten Your Writing by Getting Rid of Dialogue Tags
- How to Write Dialogue in a Narrative Paragraph

- 3 Things To Remember About Dialogue

Plot:
- Plot Twists
- A Basic Guide to Plotting
- Plot and Structure Exercise
- Outlining with Scrivener


Showing and Telling:
10 Cheats to Tell Well
- Showing and Telling: Cooperation Not Competition
- A Better Way to Think About Show, Don’t Tell

DUO MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 
Denise Covey AND Yolanda Renee host a permanent blog hop called Write...Edit...Publish (WEP). Participants are encouraged to "submit any of the following – flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction or playscripts to a designated word count– artwork and photographs welcome. Open to all genres! Fiction - Adult, YA, MG." About every second month, the blog hop is active with a new prompt.

Mission Statement: Write...Edit...Publish aims to create a supportive writing community where creative people submit to a monthly bloghop. Writers and other artists will receive and provide feedback to as many bloghop entrants as possible.


Check out WEP here.

Daily – It’s That Simple by C. Hope Clark

We’re quick to ask the successful how they write, as if their habits can become ours and make magic happen. We’re equally as quick to discard what habit someone else does, saying why that wouldn’t work for us . . . to attempt to excuse ourselves for not writing enough. 

But the answer is simple. Write daily. 

One, double-spaced page per day for a year is 91,250 words – more than enough for most novels. And that ritual exemplifies more production than someone who waits to write monthly when they have a long weekend, or the kids are overnight at the grandparents. 

Writing daily greases the machine. Like jogging first thing each morning, when we open that screen page, we immediately fall into the writing. The mind is loose, and like muscles allowed to run two miles each day, becomes eager to hit the road and cover ground. You broach the story so frequently that your brain kicks into gear before your butt hits the chair, knowing exactly what to do. You haven’t been away from it so long that you have to reread and slog through the phrases to remember where you left off.

The answer is simple. Write daily. 

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