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  1. Melissa McPhail
    November 27, 2012

    Great post, Krissy. Thank you for sharing your experiences and tips for success on this uneven (and often slightly terrifying) career path.
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  2. Guilie
    November 27, 2012

    Awesome post! Thanks, Krissy, for the valuable insight. Like Melissa said, it *is* often terrifying, but it’s so nice to know there are others out there in the same struggle.
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    • Krissy Brady, Writer
      December 1, 2012

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article Guilie, and I totally agree with you – I find so much comfort and motivation from knowing we’re all in the same boat. :0)
      Read Krissy Brady, Writer´s last article ..Guest Post: 5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis

  3. surinderleen
    November 28, 2012

    I have written one book of non-fiction and two fiction books out of my passion vaulet. I have a large number of futuristic and thrilled ideas on fiction. Problem is, still I am a not seriously taken unpublished auther.
    Today’s article of Krissy Brady is pushing me towards trust, trust on my decision, on my passion of fiction writing. However, If you have any concrete secret formulea to get published commercially, please share with me. Krishy Brady’s shared thoughts have already inculcated inside me deeply but I am afraiding to be a full swing writer.
    If rejections will pile up like mushrooms then in future I may depose my decision but I want to erect my passion flame swaying. I will keep it up but like a smothering cinder. I want to burn it alive like a huge flame in winter in countryside so that people can absorb heat and satisfaction from it. I want to be like an unconditional flower whose essence can make way to anyone’s nostrils while passing along it. Please help me having published commercially and globally. Kissy Brady’s tips have rekindled my smothering cinder of writing.

    • Krissy Brady, Writer
      December 1, 2012

      I’m so glad you found the article useful! The best way to deal with any rejection, to make sure it doesn’t deter you from what you want, is to always have a Plan B market in place. After receiving a rejection letter, immediately send your manuscript to the next market on your list, before you have a chance to feel like crap about your previous rejection, so you can go back into anticipation mode right away. It does wonders. :)
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  4. Brian B. King
    November 28, 2012

    Understanding who I am and where I’m at in life, as a writer and a person, has helped me to overcome my “Where-do-I-begin-itis.”

    I know I want to create Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels (presently 30 story ideas).

    I know I have a lot of craft to develop (grammar, structure, plot, dialogue, manipulating people’s emotions).

    Everything else comes afterwards, basically.
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    • kcclamb
      November 28, 2012

      Ok, I’m not an expert here (hence why I have no published self-help articals), but I’ve personally found that becoming your characters will help. Especially the main character. I’ve found that if I put myself in the mind set of atleast the main character, the emotional manipulations will fall right into place, and may even take you book or story to places you least expect it. Draw upon your own experiences. If your character is blunt and they told someone ‘you look fat’, you should think of the possible real-life outcomes of that remark. Your goal hopefully isn’t to re-fabricate human reactions, because the ones that exist in real life are the ones that readers will associate and connect with. Your plot and characters will make more sense and will carry your plot along.

      As far as dialouge goes, here is something my creative writing teacher told us:
      Dialouge should only exist if it does one of the following: 1) carries the plot or 2) enhances character or character reactions. If it is redundant, like say, molly picks up the phone and says, “Hello?” and mom says “hello.” It would be more interesting if it were “Yeah?” “Molly, I need you to go to the store for me.” Do you see a difference? Honestly, Dialouge (and anything you mentioned, really) could each take up a whole artical in turn.

      To anyone else out there, if I’m wrong on any of this, please correct me. Consider me over-eager to help. :)

    • Krissy Brady, Writer
      December 1, 2012

      Refining your craft is such an intense process, but I know you’ll get to where you want to be. :)
      Read Krissy Brady, Writer´s last article ..Guest Post: 5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis

  5. kcclamb
    November 28, 2012

    Where do I begin? That usually happens when I have the uncontrolable desire- Need- to write. Something. Anything. But its during those times that I can’t think of anything. So I call up my BFF for a word or catergory or something. Anything. Then I write a spur-of-the-moment poem. One or two is enough to satisfy the need.

    However, when it comes to real serious writing, I usually have a vague idea and run with it, becoming the characters. My hardest ‘where do I begin’ moments for actual writing is when I have myself on a good roll and I almost can’t stop writing or typing. But I’m forced to quit. When I get back to writing, I’m all like: Where was I going with this? What will they do now?
    Does that sound like a writer’s block? Well, quite frankly, its not. Not to me, anyways, because before I took a break, I knew exactly where it was headed and where it was going and what was going to happen next. So what do I do?

    While some experts say to just write and not re-read what you write, for me it is the only way that I can be sure that the book is being written the way that I want it or need it to go and that it will feel right and be as close to realistic as possible to life.

    I will now get off my soap box. :^}

    • Krissy Brady, Writer
      December 1, 2012

      I totally know how you feel darlin! I’m constantly advised to stop writing when you still want to keep going, as a way to not get “stuck” the next time you start, but I’m always compelled to keep going until my fingers are cramped, lol! I think it’s because of how many times I’ve HAD to stop or I’ve been interrupted and couldn’t pick up the same train of thought again. Now, I just keep going no matter what.

      I really like your idea of becoming your characters during the process – what a great way to make sure your characters are always authentic in their reactions and mannerisms!
      Read Krissy Brady, Writer´s last article ..Guest Post: 5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis

  6. kcclamb
    December 1, 2012

    Thank you, Krissy! I think that so far, you are the first person to understand that yet!
    And as to the becoming you characters, I think that all started when I was little. I did so much role playing with friends and sisters. Honestly, there were times when my parents thought there was something wrong with me because I was living them and acting them so much and so well! LOL, I have to keep letting her know that i’m pretending. Actually, now that I’ve said that, I’m currently writing about a character that did just that and constantly got into trouble for it! As you can see, this particular character has become me rather than the other way around. I geuss that’s what I get for starting a book that had no road map or side plot, aside from falling in love and the name of the main character. Oh, well. :)

    • Krissy Brady, Writer
      December 3, 2012

      I think that will make for a great story! I think that’s why I love movies so much, and why I want to become a screenwriter. It’s nice getting lost in someone else’s head for a while. :0)
      Read Krissy Brady, Writer´s last article ..Guest Post: 5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis

  7. Christi Craig
    December 2, 2012

    Krissy,
    Great post. I totally agree on writing what inspires you, especially when just getting started — as a writer on on a new writing project. That point parteners well with remembering why you write, too. Those are perfect places to return to when we get stuck (which, unfortunately, does happen).
    Read Christi Craig´s last article ..BRAVE ON THE PAGE & Guest Post by Jackie Shannon Hollis

    • Krissy Brady, Writer
      December 3, 2012

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post Christi! I remember when I first started my web design business, and I took every job I could get my hands on for the sake of making a living. While it was necessary at the time, I promised myself I would NEVER do that with my writing – otherwise your writing then becomes a “job” too, which totally defeats the purpose!
      Read Krissy Brady, Writer´s last article ..Guest Post: 5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis

  8. Suzanne D Williams
    December 3, 2012

    I am going to hang on to this article to pull out every time someone looks at me like I am crazy for writing, as if it’s a waste of my time, and I should “get a real job.” Thank you for your inspiration with this article!
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    • Krissy Brady, Writer
      December 3, 2012

      Totally my pleasure Suzanne! Always remember that you’re not crazy, THEY are for not finding something to love as much as we love our writing. If anything, feel sorry for them (this also will help you get through those moments where you want to slap them in the face, LOL!).
      Read Krissy Brady, Writer´s last article ..Guest Post: 5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis

  9. Kelly Leiter
    January 5, 2013

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated this post and that I recommended it on my blog for beginning writers.
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  10. www.0w8st8.com
    June 8, 2013

    Hi, just wanted to say, I liked this blog post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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