Posts in "Writing Wisdom" category

How to Build a Plan for your Writing Life

Plan Your Writing LifeIf you’re new to Bookfox, this post is a good place to start. It talks about the big picture decisions every writer needs to make, rather than the tactical decisions I talk about in most other posts.

Basically, you need a giant, overarching plan for your writing life.

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Write Like a Billionaire

If you were a billionaire, would you still be writing?

If you answered yes, then clearly writing is your calling.

But what would you do differently as a billionaire writer?

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How to Be a Happy Writer

It’s true that people write the advice they need to hear, and I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t been the perfect model for a happy writer.

I had some bad years. Mrs. Bookfox definitely saw the worst of it. Part of it was chemical issues, but also I had such extravagant fantasies about writing success and none of them were coming true.

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The Power of Quitting: Why Every Writer Should Learn to Quit

When I was 31 years old, I’d been laboring over a novel for 5 years.

It was a quagmire. I was hopelessly stuck in a plot that wouldn’t move, in characters that couldn’t elicit sympathy, and with ambitions that were far beyond my skill as a writer.

When I’d started the novel, I had a grand vision that hadn’t played out on the page. I’d dreamed up a magnificent castle and built a ramshackle hovel.

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Does Humility Help or Hurt Writers?

I became a writer mainly because of pride.

Growing up, I always had an excess of confidence. Maybe it was being a big fish in the small pond of the desert town of Hesperia, California, but I was supremely confident that I could do anything.

So when figuring out what to do in life, I decided to become a writer because I thought other people should listen to what I had to say.

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A Manifesto for Slow Writing

What is “Slow Writing”?

You’ve probably heard the phrase tossed around for other topics:

  • Slow Food
  • Slow Cinema
  • Slow Fashion
  • Slow Travel

It’s a movement based on Carl Honore’s 2004 book, In Praise of Slowness, which is about the detrimental effects of building an entire culture around the benefits of speed.

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10 Career Mistakes Writers Must Avoid

This writing advice would have saved me a lot of broken drafts and a lot of failed expectations.

After you read this, pick your favorite 3 or 4 points and tape them to the wall above your writing desk.

Remind yourself of this writing advice often enough, and you’ll have a much better chance of success.

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