From December 2014

What to do When You’re Feeling Stuck in Your Writing Career

How do you know when you’re on the right track in your writing career, the right track to success?

Is it when you have a few clients, a killer website, or you’ve made enough money?

But what if you’re feeling stuck in your writing career?

We give ourselves goals, and sometimes we set them so high that it feels like it will take forever to reach them.

Then, we get discouraged.

We pitch, write for our blog, write guest posts, keep up with social media, start a new project…and yet we feel like we’re going nowhere.

It happens to the best of us. It happened to me, too.

So what are we supposed to do when faced with a slow moving, seemingly stuck writing career?

 

Dream bigger

Bigger you say? But here I am dreaming small and I can’t get anything to happen, why on earth would I dream bigger?

Because maybe that’s what you’re made for. Maybe you’re not made for small…and that’s why it’s not working.

I’m a firm believer that we all have a purpose. And yes, it’s not always easy to figure out what that is. (Although some of you might have been born knowing it, for the majority of us it’s not like that.)

So if you’re not walking in your purpose, things aren’t going to keep moving ahead and working out because that’s not what you’re supposed to be doing.

Look around you. Think about what you love to do. Pray. Do you feel like you’re on the right track?

One of my favorite verses is ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’!

It’s okay to adjust your plans as you go along, alter them in some way, or even totally scrap them and start again.

Give it some thought.

 

Reach Out

You need help. Inspiration. Something!

Contacting a good friend, or even a casual acquaintance in the writing world, can help a ton when it comes to dealing with your feelings about where you are.

Chances are, you’ll see that you’re not the only one.

And while that might not help your writing career much, it will help your feelings of “What’s wrong with me?”

You’ll see that you’re not the only one struggling, and you might not feel so defeated and alone.

 

Think Outside of the Box

In fact, my advice would be this:

Burn the box!

The box doesn’t exist but inside your head.

The feelings that keep you from trying new things, from moving in a new direction.

It’s all meant to keep you down and get you stuck.

You don’t have to put up with that…not one bit!

There are tons of new ideas in your head, things you could try, people you could contact…new, fresh insight and a different way of doing things.

Apply for one of the writing jobs at essay writing services.  Writepaperforme or Ninjaessays may be a good starting point.

Let your imagination flow!

Sit and have a brainstorming session, (either by yourself or with a friend), and let the ideas fly.

What is it that you could try that you haven’t, yet?

Then, do that.

 

Keep giving it all you’ve got

This one might seem like a no brainer, but seriously, sometimes we don’t keep moving ahead and growing because we get lazy.

We feel defeated, so we aren’t really giving our writing career the attention it deserves.

We take a break. We Facebook, do housework, or watch some TV.

Which is fine, we all need breaks.

But they should be just that, a break…not a deterrent from our work that we should be doing.

So if you’re doing other things when you should be working, then it’s not a break, it’s a distraction.

Stop it! Stop it right now! (Ok just check Facebook ONE. MORE. TIME.)

 

Try these things when you’re feelings stuck and you’ll be on the right track in your writing career in no time!

What do you do when you’re feeling stuck? Let us know in the comments, as always, we’d love to hear from you!

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One Space, or Two?

Do you use one space after a period, or two?

Do you know which is correct?

While scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, I saw a post that said, “Nothing says over 40 like two spaces after a period.”

Even though I’m not yet 35, it got my attention because I use two spaces after a period. Does that mean I should trade in my laptop for a 19th-century typewriter and start wearing shawls?

Trying to put my offended young ego on the back burner, I started to question my double-space habit. It really got me wondering if one was technically more correct than the other.

As partial as I am to the (dinosaur) double tap, it seems there are more and more mentions of how single spacing is the way to go.

In the days of typewriters, two spaces were necessary for monospaced typesetting, which gave the same amount of space for every character, regardless of how much it actually used. I’s were given the same amount of space as W’s, so to make it easier on the eyes new sentences were set apart by double spacing.

Be that as it may, with today’s modern proportional spacing the necessity of double spaces has become obsolete.

I was taught in keyboarding class (which I’m not sure even exists anymore…) to put two spaces after a period, so my thumbs automatically do a double tap after each one.

I’m sure I could retrain myself, but do I really have to?
Do I have to drop the extra space?

The answer made mince meat out of my comfortable habit.

According to Brian Klems, online editor for Writer’s Digest:

 Nearly all stylebooks, including The Associate Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style, prefer single spacing after a period.

I personally think publishers tend to lean toward the single-space option because we’re in the era of “space is money,” and everyone is under pressure to make every word count.
Making the switch to single spacing helps keep editors from cringing, as well, I hear.

Even though I’m resistant and a bit disappointed about it, I guess I’ll start trying to re-train my (old) fingers and brain. Until then, thankfully WordPress has got my back.

Do you double or single space?

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