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Motivation, Encouragement, And Inspiration For Writers
Writers: Let’s face it. Sometimes we could all use a little motivation, encouragement, inspiration, or support. Sometimes our prospects don’t seem very exciting. Sometimes we lose sight of what matters.
Writer’s Relief has created this page to motivate, encourage, and inspire you. We know the writing life can be tough, but this page can help. Here’s a free resource that offers:
**Motivation for writers
**Encouragement for writers
**Inspiration for writers
TIP: Bookmark this page so you can stop back whenever you need a pick-me-up. And of course, feel free to share with friends!
Words of Encouragement For Writers
Winners: 100 Words Of Encouragement For Writers. Our readers share kind sentiments of encouragement for writers in all genres.
In Your Words: Motivation For Writers. Our readers tell us what they do to stay motivated when they lose momentum or focus.
Instant Encouragement: Affirmations For Creative Writers—And How To Use Them. Encouragement for writers: Use these affirmations to keep yourself on track.
Make This Powerful Promise To Yourself—And Learn To Stay Motivated. This promise can keep you focused, energized, and inspired.
EEK! Writers: Is Fear Holding You Back? We’ve made it our goal to help our clients defeat the insidious monsters of the writing life.
6 December Survival Tricks For Writers. While we can’t promise to relieve all your holiday headaches, Writer’s Relief CAN help you develop a more effective, more efficient way to keep your writing on track and de-stress your hectic December.
Three Ways To Make The Power Of Gratitude Work For Writers. Your attitude can make you a better writer AND improve your career track.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thoughts On Hope. We’ve compiled a few words of wisdom from Dr. King about hope, motivation, and achieving goals.
8 Lessons For Writers From Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. One of the longest-running holiday specials, first aired in 1964, is the stop-motion animation film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The story of “misfit makes good,” Rudolph offers life lessons for young and old—and especially for writers!
What I Wish I Knew Before I Was Published. We asked a group of very well-published writers (our clients!) to share the ONE thing they wish they knew before they figured out what it takes to successfully get their work published.
Stories From The Trenches: Real Writers Sound Off About Making Submissions. If you’ve ever felt lonely and forlorn when sending your writing out into the unknown, then these stories will make you laugh, scratch your head, commiserate, and maybe help you feel better knowing you’re not alone.
Motivation For Writers: Positive Thinking
Stay Inspired: How To Maintain A Positive Outlook For Your Submission Process. Inspiration for writers: Use our techniques for a positive state of mind.
Writer’s Block Emergency Kit: Prepare To Survive And Succeed. Prepare now and you’ll be able to handle writer’s block when it strikes.
Photo Prompts: 2014 Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees.Get inspired to write by looking at captivating images from the films nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Inner Motivation: Building Confidence In Your Craft. Motivation for writers can be about staying confident. If you’ve lost your footing, read this.
Writers: How A Little Patience Goes A Long Way Toward Success. Don’t rush yourself! Take it easy! Our article offers some perspective on how long it can take to reach your dreams.
Inspiration Alert! Raising Your Expectations For Success In Publishing. By imagining success, you may be more likely to achieve it. Inspiration for writers starts here!
5 Ways To Send Guilt A Big Fat Rejection Letter. Sometimes writers can feel guilty about taking time to advance their careers. If you struggle with writer’s guilt, read this.
5 Biggest Obstacles To Publishing Success (And Encouragement To Overcome Them). These five obstacles have derailed many a writing career.
Psyched to Write! – Overcoming the Transition Barrier. T. James Moore discusses writing phases and transitions as they relate not only to the beginning of the writing process, but to all the steps that lead to a finished work.
Writing: The Super-Secret Super-Vitamin for Adults AND Kids. Guest blogger Jenni Buchanan, the Reading Rainbow Mom, explains how writing regularly can help you and your child become happier, healthier, and smarter.
Writers: How To Let Go Of The Pressure To Be Perfect. When the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming, try some of these encouraging techniques.
The Power Of Children’s Literature: Making The World Better One Book At A Time. Children’s literature might be written with the young reader in mind—but don’t think for a second that it’s simple, fluffy, or unimportant.
11 Things Dogs Teach Writers About Life, Love, And Success. Let’s take a moment to honor (wo)man’s best friend: Our clever pups with so much to teach writers about life, love, creativity, and success.
Motivation: Going The Distance
Submissions: The Right Way To Dust Off Your Old Pieces. Your old submissions—those that you have already sent around but that did not find any “takers”—might just garner your next acceptance letter.
Never Too Old To Write? Many writers came to success later in life. If this isn’t motivation for writers, we don’t know what is!
A Few Short Minutes Of Motivation: Writing Every Day. Writing every day—even just a little—can help you stay motivated and inspired.
Inspiration Injections! Refilling Your Mental Gas Tank. Inspiration for writers can come in many forms, if you know where to look!
Find Inspiration: Jump-Start Your Muse… A great resource full of inspiration (and motivation) for writers.
Wasting Time: Procrastination Problems For Writers. Before you waste another second, read this!
The Waiting Game: How To Keep Calm And Carry On While Waiting To Hear From Agents Or Editors. While some literary journal editors or book agents can be very quick, some will take a year (or more!). So you must be prepared to wait…to stay calm…and to be patient.
Falling Out Of Love With Writing? How To Rekindle The Flame. A writing career is like a long marriage. Falling out of love with writing does not have to mean you’re heading for a breakup
5 Ways To Maintain A Positive Mind-Set About Your Submissions. It’s imperative that you stay focused, motivated, and enthusiastic when it comes time to implement your personal submission strategy.
Jealousy And Writers: Tips To Beat The Green-Eyed Monster. Jealous much? Yeah—it happens to the best of us. Here’s how to deal.
Procrastination: Don’t Put Off Dealing With It. The old adage usually rings true: Do the worst task first to overcome procrastination!
Writers: Resolve To Leave Your Baggage In 2012. Don’t let these ten things hold you back from writing!
The #1 Mind-set Trick For Writing Longevity (And Success). Write like it’s your job…even if it’s technically not!
Prewriting Ritual: Boost Your Brain Power Before You Write Another Word. When prepping for a career as a writer, you’re in training the same way that a professional athlete is in training. But to get to the pro level, you’ve got to take your warm-ups seriously.
How To Improve Your Writing In Your Sleep…Literally. Without enough sleep, good health, good living, and good writing are impossible.
Why It Pays To Be A Nice Writer. In your career as a writer, it pays to be nice. Your attitude opens (or closes) doors. Professional courtesy goes a long way toward good relations in the industry.
Writers: How To Recognize (And Cope With) The Early Warning Signs Of Career Burnout. It takes time, hard work, and self-discipline to become successful, which can eventually lead to career burnout. Turn that writer burnout-frown upside down with these tips.
Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career. Is your writing career suffering? Find out if you’re committing self-sabotage—and how to get back on track to success.
How To Find A Writing Mentor. A writing mentor can offer you the benefit of his or her experience by giving you advice and pointing you in the right direction. Here are some tips to help you approach a writing mentor.
10 Tips That Will Help You Stick To Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions. Keep the momentum going and stick to your New Year’s writing resolutions!
How To Stay Focused On Writing In A Multitasking World. Even though multitasking feels effective, research shows that dividing our attention between several tasks at once may not be very productive. So how do we resist the urge to multitask and instead focus only on our writing?
5 Steps To Take When The Writing Gets Tough And You Want To Quit. Before you decide that your only option is to give up, try these simple steps to get back on track.
Your December Action Plan: 5 Steps To Take NOW To Be A More Successful Writer In The New Year. There’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to prepare for a rewarding new year!
Think Like A Champion: Six Lessons Olympic Athletes Can Teach Creative Writers. As creative writers, we can learn a lot from these motivated, goal-oriented athletes.
Writers: 10 Ways To Stay Sane When You’re On A Deadline. Sometimes it’s hard to remain calm when you’re facing a tight deadline. Here are a few tips to help you keep your wits about you.
Good Writing That Doesn’t Get Published: 5 Problems That Sabotage Your Efforts. Here are five common problems that can sabotage your success rate and the best ways to improve your odds of getting a positive response.
Words Of Wisdom: You’re Never Too Old To Write. Nowadays, guys and gals age 50+ are choosing to remain on the job and enjoy activities like hiking, gourmet cooking, travel, and—of course—writing!
Steps To Start Your Own Writers Group. What if you want some face time with other authors, and there aren’t any local writing groups near you? What do you do? Start a writers group!
Inspiration For Writers: Great Idea!
Do You Dream In Paragraphs? Look to your dreams for inspiration for writers!
Writers: What To Do When You Get Stuck. A great read full of lots of motivation for writers who get tripped up.
Journaling For Inspiration. Keeping a journal is a great way to get inspired to write books, stories, or poems.
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Become A Better Writer! You know the saying “write what you know”? We offer encouragement for writers and challenge readers to grow.
Writer: When Copying Is Good For Your Career. With so much going on, it can be hard to maintain a creative state of mind. If you’re feeling distracted, and your ideas and enthusiasm for writing have dried up, consider taking this approach to stimulate creativity.
Ask Writer’s Relief: Should I Juggle More Than One Writing Project? Instead of completely dropping one book in favor of another, consider this: It is possible—and not uncommon—to manage several writing projects at the same time.
Writers: Easy Self-Promotion Techniques To Toot Your Own Horn. Here’s how to talk about yourself and your accomplishments while networking—without feeling like a self-centered show-off.
5 Ways To Spice Up Your Book Club. The typical “everyone reads the same book” approach can eventually become humdrum and stale. Before you give up on your book club, try adding a dash of the unexpected!
Winter Wonderland Writing Prompts. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but our winter-themed writing prompts are delightful! Let it snow as you warm up your writing skills.
5 Strategies You Can Use To Get The Most Out Of A Writing Prompt. You probably haven’t thought about writing prompts since the last time you attended an English class, but writing prompts can be a great way for new writers.
A Writer’s Playlist Part I: Start With Music To Jump-Start Your Creativity. One of the best ways to get yourself in the right frame of mind is to listen to music. In this article, we’ll explore music that moves you—physically and mentally.
Inspiration And Encouragement For Poets
Poetry: Finding Your Inspiration. Inspiration for writers is everywhere!
Poetry Writers Retreats: Get Inspired By Getting Away. Consider a writing retreat to boost your focus and your mood.
Poetry Is A Lifestyle Choice: How To Keep A Poetic Frame Of Mind. Poetry isn’t just about jotting down some rhymes; it’s about seeing poetry all around you, all the time.
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A Few Words About Rejection
Rejection plays a big part in a writer’s life. If you’re feeling disheartened over your rejection letters, you’re not alone. All writers receive rejection letters.
Getting rejections is an important rite of passage for writers. So we’ve dedicated a whole page to issues about rejection!
Find examples of famous writer rejection letters AND help interpreting your responses.
Visit our Publishing Industry Tool Kit: How To Handle Rejection: A Writer’s Secret Weapon Against Rejection
The Writer’s Relief Objective: Motivation, Encouragement, Support
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