Trying Too Hard

If you dread the thought of writing, if you fear your desk, and if you hate your computer, then you are trying too hard.

If the thought of writing makes you feel guilty, makes your heartbeat quicker, and makes you sweat, then you are trying too hard. Your writing has become a burden that inhibits your creativity, your thinking, and your production. This, of course, leads to writer's block, the scourge of all writers.

If you avoid your desk-or table, or any other place that you write-you are building up your torture rather and ameliorating it, which is another indication that you are trying too hard.

If you hate your computer or your typewriter (if you are still using one), it becomes and evil entity that overpowers you and renders you useless as a writer. You are trying too hard.

You are trying too hard when you become obsessed with your inability to produce. When the current project becomes an ordeal, you are trying too hard. Then it is time to set that undertaking aside and start another. No, it is not time to take a rest, to procrastinate, and to stop writing; it is time to read, to plan a new undertaking-a new poem, a new story, a new article, etc.-to give your mind a rest from the overwhelming present piece, to enjoy a new perspective, and to relax your stifled creativity, but do not quit writing.

Charles O. Goulet has a BA in history and BEd in English literature. He has several historical novels published that are available through Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores

Charles O. Goulet
RR 1
Evansburg, AB
T0E 0T0
go1c@telusplanet.net

Bring Out the Natural Writer in You

Think you can't write a book that will sell? You aren't a natural writer? In... Read More

Secrets Of Successful Authors

When the writing bug hits you, get out your pencil, typewriter,a word processor or tape... Read More

Every Result is an Asset

Not long ago, I went to an Internet Marketing Seminar. One of the speakers was... Read More

Editing Secrets

Once you've plotted out your book, developed the characters and written the last word of... Read More

Get Your Writing Reviewed by Major Publications for Free

All Writers need the press, especially new writers. As a new novelist, I know I... Read More

Character Motivation - Always Ask WHY

For many years, I've been a tutor for students undertaking courses in writing romance, crime... Read More

Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays

Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks. Between preparing for, celebrating, and... Read More

Keys to Characterisation

Far too many inexperienced writers create flat, stereotypical characters: the brave fireman, the damsel in... Read More

The Prologue - When to Use One, How to Write One

What is a prologue? When should you use one? Should you forget about a prologue... Read More

The Myths Of Writing: Have You Bought Into These?

There is an image most people carry of the artist (think Van Gough's self-portrait, the... Read More

How to Outline your Book and Chapters with Mindmapping

Mindmapping is better than linear outlining because authors can use flexible thinking and relativity in... Read More

How You Can Take Advantage of the Increasing Demand for Freelance Online Writers

The freelance writing market is a growing market to be in. There are many jobs... Read More

Writing Secrets You Must Know

Writing better is critical for students. But it's even more important for business communicators.Let's face... Read More

Freelancing Doesnt Mean Writing For Free. Does it?

Writer's forums are bustling with debate over whether or not a writer should send something... Read More

Masquerading As Novel ~ Can Author?s Work Convey Important Perceptions?

While novels do not usually attempt to convey concepts about the need to protect ourselves,... Read More

7 Steps to Successful Publishing

The decision to publish a book is very exciting! It causes the creative juices to... Read More

New York Code Orange Jaisini New Art Series

The creativity of Jaisini is not designed to be preaching or too critical. Paul Jaisini... Read More

Best Writing Advice I Ever Got

I've been in the communications business a long time?over 25 years. During that period I've... Read More

10 Tips To Help You Pack More Power Into Your Business Writing

1. Before you write anything down define not what you want to say, but what... Read More

Autobiography: Installment No.3

ESSAY 3Writing an autobiography involves a matching up of a specific plot-structure with a set... Read More

Getting Published Is Different For Everyone: Two Paths Among Many

One obvious question that can get overlooked in the process of seeking publication is, Why... Read More

Discover the Writer Hiding Inside You

Has the thought run across you mind that you might want to write a column... Read More

Grow Your Ideas Without Letting Words Grow Like Weeds

Q: How do I expand on an idea without getting too wordy?A. Before you begin... Read More

Arouse Your Short Story And See It Published

Are you ready to abandon your short stories? Before you toss your newest story in... Read More

Unusual Points of View

Most writers are familiar with first and third points of view and their variations. But... Read More

Reasons for Recording Your Life Story

1. No one else will do it for you.2. No one else knows the stories... Read More

How I Became a Syndicated Columnist -- And You Can Too!

Real Estate has "Location, location, location," and writing has "Clips, clips, clips."When people ask me... Read More

Pages: Your Book of Life

Many of us dream of writing a book. Why not. What greater story can you... Read More

Documenting Everything: Your Journal is Your Logbook

Sailors had it for years. Great explorers had it as well. If you go on... Read More

What Is The Single Worst Writing Mistake?

The following answer sounds simplistic?but think about it. The single worst writing mistake is "not... Read More

Three 30 Day Journaling Ideas

Here are 3 journaling or diary ideas that can contribute to, and enhance your life.... Read More

Book Publishing Contracts For Writers: What Should I Look Out For?

Dave, I just got a contract for a book from a publisher that I... Read More

Beginners Blues: How to Collect Samples, Testimonials, and References as a Freelancer

Beginner's Blues: How to Collect Samples, Testimonials, and References as a Freelancer by Brian S.... Read More

Want to start a publishing revolution?

Calling all publishers, editors, journalists and freelance writers. It's time to breathe more life into... Read More

Writing Helpful Help ? A Minimalism Checklist

User documentation is all too often written by programmers for programmers. It tends to focus... Read More

10 Tips on Writing Effective Dialogue

1. Become an EavesdropperListen carefully to the way people REALLY talk. They tend to talk... Read More

How Long is a Chapter?

How long should your chapters be?I can't resist... I have to say it. "How long... Read More

Mama Dont Allow No Fighting in Your Writing

When you sit down to write a steamy romance, a spine-tingling horror story, or an... Read More

An Introduction to Self Publishing Material

Any article, report or book which is bought or sold with reproduction rights is generally... Read More

The Author Within

Just about every marketer on the Internet claims to be the best around and would... Read More

Whats in a Name? Giving Birth to your Characters

So you've got your plot outlined, a title lined up and the research is done.... Read More

An Inside Look at Proofreading

This is the ideal topic for us all to think about. We do it everyday,... Read More

Be A Savvy Writer: Go Where The Business Is

If you're a writer, you're in business. It doesn't matter whether you're writing picture ... Read More

The Work Flow Cycle of the Editorial Industry

As an editorial professional, I'm sure you're aware of the market slump right now. What... Read More

Recommendation Letters Demystified

There is a lot of confusion about recommendation letters.Recommendation letters are often referred to in... Read More

10 Secrets For Everyday Writing Success

During my 25-year career in a variety of professional positions in both the private and... Read More

Top Ten Ways to Write a Book That Sells

Is there a book inside of you? Yes? Then why don't you write it? Or,... Read More

Format Each eBook Chapter Before you Write It

Do you have a problem creating a focus in your chapters? Does your writing slip... Read More

Why Should You Use Worksheets For Proofreading?

Proofreading worksheets are a great tool to help individuals open their eyes to the mistakes... Read More

To Transcribe or Not To Transcribe Interviews?

11 Secrets from an Experienced InterviewerOne of the unwritten rules of writing a book, an... Read More