Writers Horoscope for November 18: Your latest project? Bigger than you’d planned.

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So you’ve shrugged off criticism.

And writer’s guilt? Gone for now!

But someone approaches you with a profitable offer and, freed of fear and doubt, you say, “Yes.”

Uh-ohhhh.

Here are a few tips on tackling a big writing job…[Note: this is geared toward academia, but the guidelines still apply.]

On the fiction side, try some prewriting strategies.

Writers Horoscope for November 17: Everyone’s a critic.

everyone is a critic mean guys

You have to decide which ones are worth listening to.

A few gems from those who have lived with criticism throughout their entire writing life…

“If critics say your work stinks it’s because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered “dangerous” but set in place in their compartmental understandings.” — Jack Kerouac

“The thing people don’t realize, God bless them, is that my books are supposed to suck.”
— Stephanie Meyer

“I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.” — Samuel Johnson

“Critics in New York are made by their dislikes, not by their enthusiasms.”  — Irwin Shaw

 

Writers Horoscope for November 16: You couldn’t help yourself.

Writing projects…coming at you from all sides.

coming at your from all sides

Most of them half-completed. [if you’re lucky].

Let’s hope you’re taking yesterday’s dealing with guilt advice to heart.

But there’s still work to do.

Sort out the three or four ‘loudest’, most insistent projects.

And get back to scheduling.

Give each of them at least 15 minutes.

[You and I both know those sessions will stretch to 25 or 30 minutes.]

You will see real progress and, even more important, you can sleep soundly knowing these projects are no longer collecting psychic dust.

 

Writers Horoscope for November 13: Today, learn from others’ experience.

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King

“Style is to forget all styles.”
—Jules Renard

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
—Ernest Hemingway


Credit to: writersdigest.com

 

 

 

Writers Horoscope for November 12: It’s not your day.

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Life’s treating you like a captive in an outhouse.

But wait! Those ill-fated moments can launch you into some quality writing.

You shrug your shoulders, admit you have nothing to lose, reach for your pen and durable paper [no bathroom tissue, please], and have at it.

And…even if, in your heedless state, a little doubt is tucked in your back pocket, here is a vital kick in the seat of the pants.