Writers Horoscope September 19: There’s room for more than one mentor in your life.

Getting a second, or third, opinion on your work may be just what you need.

Yes, too many cooks can spoil the…well, you know.

But, just in case, keep your eyes open for another writing sage in your life.

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Writing mentors need to look, well, writerly.

And will listen. Without too much judgment.

And won’t heap huge expectations on you.

A daily ride in the car? Sure. A bowl of kibble? You can handle that.

But remember: they need the writerly look.

Jeff Goins offers some serious tips on finding a writing mentor.

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Writers Horoscope September 18: Find a new outlet for your pent-up energy. 

 

All that time in front of a computer screen.

All that roiling frustration over that damnable dangling participle…

You’re turning into a churning hunk of burning funk. (Thank you, James Taylor)

Time to let loose.

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And it just might lead to a little cash on the side.
Bonus! For sticking with this post—other ways to de-stress in front of the screen…

 

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Writers Horoscope September 17: Today, listen to yourself.

Oh, sure, through the years, you’ve heard voices. Lots of them.

And some actually came from people who exist.

Now it’s time to hear yourself.

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Yep, you.

You not only have a lot to say, but you need to hear yourself say it.

Record your written words and play them back.

You will probably wince at the sound of your voice, but, shrug it off and soak in the sound of your words.

You may well ask yourself, “Who was that genius?”

And if there were a virtual ‘Like’ button** floating around, you might even click it.


 

** Someone, somewhere should be making a few bucks cranking out and selling ‘Like’ buttons for people to wear. Would be fun to watch the reactions of passers-by…

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Writers Horoscope September 16: It’s time to refuel.

 

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Do you need to be convinced? Deadlines and ill-temperament have taken their toll, after all.

Paul Jun’s guest post on ProBlogger offers three reasonable suggestions to consider.

  • Don’t write, exercise. Get the endorphins pumping.
  • Admit it: there are days you should just wave the white flag.
  • Unearth those touches of genius you’ve squirreled away on sticky notes, sauce-smeared napkins, or steamy shower walls. That will give you a boost when you’re ready to get back in the game.

 

Writers Horoscope September 15: The publishing world is against you. It seems.

evil editor-dasher of dreams captionEver had that submission spur an immediate rejection?

We’re talkin’, ‘Click ‘send’ and within minutes, boom! your inbox has a ‘Thanks, but…’ message. It’s almost as if that evil editor, assistant or, in 2017, maybe an automated script, has been just waiting for your query letter or sample chapter.

Time to give up, right?

Uhhh, no.

Jordan Rosenfeld, author of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice, offers these tips.

No, I have not yet bought her book, but for almost a year, I’ve followed her Twitter feed, which abounds with inspiration and advice for writers.

So hang in there and move on to the next potential client.


 

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Writers Horoscope September 14: You’ve given in to distraction. And now…

it’s crunch time.

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You lost out in the eternal tug of war between what you’re supposed to do and what you prefer to do.

It’s now crunch time and you need to focus.

Seriously–focus. And focus some more. [I know, I know, I do see the irony of launching you further away from your work, but these tips should prove helpful in the end. And now…back to the cat videos. ;->]

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Writers Horoscope September 13: You need a new identity.

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No, you’re not going into witness protection. And don’t expect CIA recruiters anytime soon.

You’ve taken control of your other writing projects.

But you’re feeling a little stale.

Maybe it’s time to create a new Web presence.
Explore a new topic of interest.
Give it time to evolve into something of greater value–to you and your readers.


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