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Writer to Writer - March 2010

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Welcome to all new subscribers. 

I am soooo sorry for the lateness of this issue. I have been snowed under, I have been sick, and I am now way behind.

Because this issue is so late, it will be the only one for March.  It's impossible to squeeze another one in this month.

Did you grab your report about writer's websites last month? If not, download it here.

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If you've been with me awhile, you'll have no doubt heard about my friend Brian McElroy.  From time to time Brian lets me know about anything special he has going on that would be of interest to you.

Today he sent an email about a copywriting video he's produced.  What's even better is it's totally services is one of the easiest ways to make mo.ney on the internet, and if making mo.ney by services is your goal, you need to check this out. Make sure you watch the whole video because Brian reveals some interesting information near the end (and I don't want you to miss it). 

If you're thinking you can't do that, watch the video and then decide.  You owe it to yourself. 

Now to something a little more serious.  The Writer2Writer forum has again been bombarded by spa.mmers for the third time in as many weeks.  In fact, this is the ONLY activity that can be found on the forum - and this has been the case for many, many months now. 

With that in mind, and the number of hours I've had to spend to rid the forum of the (more than 3,000) spa..m comments, I've decided to remove it.  It simply doesn't make sense to spend more than a day each time the forum is flooded with disgusting comments, when those people who it was meant to help are not using it.

That being the case, I've removed the forum.

Okay, this issue we have a terrific article from Judy Bagshaw which talks about what to do when your muse goes AWOL.  Read Judy's article if you want to chase that muse demon away - whether you write romance, or something else entirely.

That's it from me [FIRSTNAME] - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



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When Your Writing Muse Goes AWOL

ŠJudy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved


As writers we all have those times when it seems as if our idea well has gone dry, our creative muscle has atrophied, and our muse has gone AWOL. And those times can be frustrating. We live in an increasingly busy world, our lives filled with stresses of one kind or another. Many of us have multiple demands on our time, so it’s no wonder that we hit these walls every now and again.   


But if/when it does happen it’s no good throwing up our hands and accepting that our muse is a fickle wench and is in control of the situation. On the contrary, there are many ways that you can entice her to return to duty. 


That being said, priming the creative pump will be different for everyone. What works for me, will not necessarily work for you. You need to try a variety of approaches and find that magic formula that returns you to full writing force. 


Music can be a powerful stimulator of the imagination. A writing colleague of mine is a big advocate of blending music with her writing. She creates playlists for each WIP, and often has specific songs attached to specific characters. She plays this music while writing and the music helps keep her in the world she’s creating. She has specific genres of music that energize her, so will sometimes just crank up the tunes and dance. The burst of adrenalin will often bring on a spurt of writing. 


If you have been working hard on a specific project, you may need to step away for a little while and focus on an entirely different activity. For example, spend an afternoon baking or cooking. It can be very creative, and it frees the mind for a while. You can go back to your manuscript refreshed, and the bonus is your house likely smells really yummy! 


Do something else that taps directly into that creative side of yourself. Paint or draw or sculpt. Get out your sewing machine. Dabble in making some jewelry. Muck about with your craft supplies. Play the piano or guitar. You are exercising the same muscles used for your writing, but are not under pressure for the moment to be producing on the page. 


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