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Words of Encouragement For Writers


1 Winners: 100 Words Of Encouragement For Writers. Our readers share kind sentiments of encouragement for writers in all genres.


In Your Words: Motivation For Writers. Our readers tell us what they do to stay motivated when they lose momentum or focus.


3 Instant Encouragement: Affirmations For Creative Writers—And How To Use Them. Encouragement for writers: Use these affirmations to keep yourself on track.


4 Make This Powerful Promise To Yourself—And Learn To Stay Motivated. This promise can keep you focused, energized, and inspired.


5 The Best Lessons We’ve Learned About Life And Writing. As we look ahead to more exciting opportunities for writing and getting published in the new year, we want to share the insights we’ve gained this year with you.


6 6 December Survival Tricks For Writers. While we can’t promise to relieve all your holiday headaches, Writer’s Relief CAN help you develop a more effective, more efficient way to keep your writing on track and de-stress your hectic December.


7 6 Simple Secrets Of Famous, Successful Writers. While every writer has to find his or her own path to getting published, you might want to try adding these simple changes to your writing routine today!


8 Three Ways To Make The Power Of Gratitude Work For Writers. Your attitude can make you a better writer AND improve your career track.


9 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thoughts On Hope. We’ve compiled a few words of wisdom from Dr. King about hope, motivation, and achieving goals.


10 From Draft Despair To Publishing Deal: Famous Author Examples. Many best-selling authors have had to fight their way up from the bottom. So if the thought of another rejection letter has you discouraged, let these “overnight success stories” keep you writing!


11 8 Lessons For Writers From Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. One of the longest-running holiday specials, first aired in 1964, is the stop-motion animation film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The story of “misfit makes good,” Rudolph offers life lessons for young and old—and especially for writers!


12 GIFs That Perfectly Describe The Writer’s Life! GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format), fun animated images, have taken over the Internet! Here are GIFs that perfectly showcase our wacky, fun, awesome writer lives.


13 6 Signs Your Writing Has A Good Shot At Winning A Writing Contest. While some “write off” contest entries because of the challenges of preparing contest submissions, it may be easier to win a contest than you think.


14 The 10 Most Awkward Things People Say To Writers. As writers, we’ve heard it all before: the comments and questions from well-meaning but oblivious friends and family. We know how you feel and we empathize!


15 Don’t Procrastinate! Use These 8 Tips To Get Your Writing Back On Track. Writers are especially familiar with procrastination, a close cousin of writer’s block. If you’ve detoured into I’ll-Do-It-Tomorrow Land, here are some tips to help get your writing heading in the right direction again!


16 Don’t Panic! 14 Quotes To Help You Keep Calm. When you have a deadline looming, or you received another rejection, or you can’t decide on the best cover for your book and time’s running out—the urge to panic may seem irresistible. Relax, take a deep breath, and regain control.


17 If Writers Were Cartoon Characters… As writers, we sometimes like to imagine ourselves as the embodiment of Shakespeare, or Jane Austen, or Stephen King. But let’s face it—the life of a writer is better represented by clever, kooky cartoon characters.


18 Inspiration From Athletes With The “Write Stuff”. You might think athletes and writers don’t have much in common. But there’s a lot that writers can learn about hard work, perseverance, and success from famous sports figures!


19 It’s Easier To Win A Creative Writing Contest Than You Think. If you think it’ll be too hard to win a writing contest, consider this…


20 14 Quotes From Famous Authors About The Work Of Writing. Here are quotes by well-known authors about the work that goes into good writing.”


21 What I Wish I Knew Before I Was Published. We asked a group of very well-published writers (our clients!) to share the ONE thing they wish they knew before they figured out what it takes to successfully get their work published.


22 11 Reasons Parents Make Great Writers (And Writers Make Great Parents). While you’re settling in to read a book (or six) to a child in your life, remember this: The skills that make you a great writer can also make you a great parent!


23 Stories From The Trenches: Real Writers Sound Off About Making Submissions. If you’ve ever felt lonely and forlorn when sending your writing out into the unknown, then these stories will make you laugh, scratch your head, commiserate, and maybe help you feel better knowing you’re not alone.


24) 5 Things Our Writers Are Thankful For. From successes to positive learning experiences, here are the things our writers are most thankful for.


25) 6 Life Lessons For Writers From Mother Goose. Although children may have been the original audience for these nursery rhymes, there’s wisdom to be found in these verses for adults too!


26 5 Authors Who Took 5 Years—Or More!—To Write Their Books. Check out this list of wildly successful authors who prove slow writing can be great writing!


27 10 Words About The Writing Life That Aren’t In The Dictionary. Here at Writer’s Relief, we thought up some words that should be added to the dictionary to describe the unique hazards and joys of the writing life.


28 Meet The Superhero For Bookworms: The Wordsmith Wonder! How can the Wordsmith Wonder help your writing? Find out here!


29 14 Of Our Favorite Shakespeare Quotes. 13 quotes—and one very unique stage direction—from perhaps the greatest playwright and poet of all time!


30 “March Fourth” Into A Brave New Writing Life With These Motivational Quotes. Celebrate with this curated list of our favorite empowering motivational quotes!


31 Not Inspired To Write Right Now? Here’s How To Get Unstuck. If you’re not feeling inspired to write, Writer’s Relief has simple tips that can help you get unstuck and back on speaking terms with your muse.


32 15 Great Writing Tips From Famous Authors. Now more than ever, a few words of encouragement may come in handy. These helpful writing tips and advice from some famous authors will keep you motivated!




Motivation For Writers: Positive Thinking


33 5 Ways To Bring Joy And Fun Back Into Your Writing Life. We know that there are easy ways to bring joy and fun back into your writing life even when you feel distracted and unmotivated. Here are our best tips to help you smile while writing.


34 Stay Inspired: How To Maintain A Positive Outlook For Your Submission Process. Inspiration for writers: Use our techniques for a positive state of mind.


35 Writer’s Block Emergency Kit: Prepare To Survive And Succeed. Prepare now and you’ll be able to handle writer’s block when it strikes.


36 Photo Prompts: 2014 Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees. Get inspired to write by looking at captivating images from the films nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.


37 Inner Motivation: Building Confidence In Your Craft. Motivation for writers can be about staying confident. If you’ve lost your footing, read this.


38 Writers: How A Little Patience Goes A Long Way Toward Success. Don’t rush yourself! Take it easy! Our article offers some perspective on how long it can take to reach your dreams.


39 Inspiration Alert! Raising Your Expectations For Success In Publishing. By imagining success, you may be more likely to achieve it. Inspiration for writers starts here!


40 5 Ways To Send Guilt A Big Fat Rejection Letter. Sometimes writers can feel guilty about taking time to advance their careers. If you struggle with writer’s guilt, read this.


41 5 Biggest Obstacles To Publishing Success (And Encouragement To Overcome Them). These five obstacles have derailed many a writing career.


42 Psyched to Write! – Overcoming the Transition Barrier. T. James Moore discusses writing phases and transitions as they relate not only to the beginning of the writing process, but to all the steps that lead to a finished work.


43 Which Famous Writer’s Personality Matches Yours? Take The Quiz! You might think your writing personality is uniquely “you,” but maybe you have more in common with a famous writer than you might suspect!


44 Writing: The Super-Secret Super-Vitamin for Adults AND Kids. Guest blogger Jenni Buchanan, the Reading Rainbow Mom, explains how writing regularly can help you and your child become happier, healthier, and smarter.


45 Surprising Ways Winning A Writing Contest Can Boost Your Writer Clout. The rewards of submitting to a writing contest can be even greater than a publication credit—the extra effort might yield surprising results!


46 Writers: How To Let Go Of The Pressure To Be Perfect. When the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming, try some of these encouraging techniques.


47 The Power Of Children’s Literature: Making The World Better One Book At A Time. Children’s literature might be written with the young reader in mind—but don’t think for a second that it’s simple, fluffy, or unimportant.


48 11 Things Dogs Teach Writers About Life, Love, And Success. Let’s take a moment to honor (wo)man’s best friend: Our clever pups with so much to teach writers about life, love, creativity, and success.


49 How Gratitude Can Make You A Better Writer. The writer’s life can often be a grueling one. But it’s just as important to remain grateful! Learn why here.


50 Insecurity Is Rubbish! Here’s How To Chuck It, Writers. Even though insecurity may win a few battles, you can win the war. Here’s how to toss insecurity over your shoulder and never look back!


51 Don’t Forget! How To Conquer A Writer’s Biggest Fear And Remember Your Best Ideas. Sometimes, the worst happens to your great idea: You forget it! Fortunately, we have some tips to help you remember all of your brilliant ideas!


52 7 Writer Stereotypes That Need To Get Busted Right Now. We have gathered a list of the most common writer stereotypes—have you ever been typecast as one of these?




Motivation: Going The Distance


53 The 11 Fundamentals For A Long, Successful Writing Career. What looks like overnight success may actually take a few decades to attain. If you’re hoping to go the distance with a long, satisfying writing career, be sure to practice these fundamentals in your writing life.


54 Submission Strategy Hacks For Writers Who Hate Making Submissions. Writer’s Relief has been researching and targeting literary markets for our clients for 22+ years—and we love it! We know publishing industry insider hacks to get your work published.


55 Submissions: The Right Way To Dust Off Your Old Pieces. Your old submissions—those that you have already sent around but that did not find any “takers”—might just garner your next acceptance letter.


56 Never Too Old To Write? Many writers came to success later in life. If this isn’t motivation for writers, we don’t know what is!


57 A Few Short Minutes Of Motivation: Writing Every Day. Writing every day—even just a little—can help you stay motivated and inspired.


58 Inspiration Injections! Refilling Your Mental Gas Tank. Inspiration for writers can come in many forms, if you know where to look!


59 Find Inspiration: Jump-Start Your Muse… A great resource full of inspiration (and motivation) for writers.


60 Wasting Time: Procrastination Problems For Writers. Before you waste another second, read this!


61 Take A Leap: 5 Acts Of Courage To Get You Over The Publishing Hump. After your umpteenth rejection, feelings of frustration may begin to drag you down. You start to stumble and wonder if success will ever happen. How do you get over the hump?


62 The Waiting Game: How To Keep Calm And Carry On While Waiting To Hear From Agents Or Editors. While some literary journal editors or book agents can be very quick, some will take a year (or more!). So you must be prepared to wait…to stay calm…and to be patient.


63 Falling Out Of Love With Writing? How To Rekindle The Flame. A writing career is like a long marriage. Falling out of love with writing does not have to mean you’re heading for a breakup


64 5 Ways To Maintain A Positive Mind-Set About Your Submissions. It’s imperative that you stay focused, motivated, and enthusiastic when it comes time to implement your personal submission strategy.


65 Jealousy And Writers: Tips To Beat The Green-Eyed Monster. Jealous much? Yeah—it happens to the best of us. Here’s how to deal.


66 Procrastination: Don’t Put Off Dealing With It. The old adage usually rings true: Do the worst task first to overcome procrastination!


67 Writers: Resolve To Leave Your Baggage In 2012. Don’t let these ten things hold you back from writing!


68 The #1 Mind-set Trick For Writing Longevity (And Success). Write like it’s your job…even if it’s technically not!


69 Writer Self-Test: Are You Missing New Opportunities For Success? Take this quick self-test now to see if you are making the most of the opportunities you have—and are creating even more opportunities for success. How many can you answer “yes” to?


70 How To Switch Writing Genres Successfully! Writers often lock into one genre, whether by choice or by accident. If lately you’ve felt your writing is stale, switching genres can be a great way to successfully refresh your writing career—but only if it’s done correctly!


71 Prewriting Ritual: Boost Your Brain Power Before You Write Another Word. When prepping for a career as a writer, you’re in training the same way that a professional athlete is in training. But to get to the pro level, you’ve got to take your warm-ups seriously.


72 How To Improve Your Writing In Your Sleep…Literally. Without enough sleep, good health, good living, and good writing are impossible.


73 5 Tips On Writing An Amazing Author Bio If You’re Not Well-Published. Don’t worry—you don’t need stellar credits to have a stellar bio! Here’s how to focus on your strengths and downplay your shortcomings.


74 Why It Pays To Be A Nice Writer. In your career as a writer, it pays to be nice. Your attitude opens (or closes) doors. Professional courtesy goes a long way toward good relations in the industry.


75 Writers: How To Recognize (And Cope With) The Early Warning Signs Of Career Burnout. It takes time, hard work, and self-discipline to become successful, which can eventually lead to career burnout. Turn that writer burnout-frown upside down with these tips.


76 Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career. Is your writing career suffering? Find out if you’re committing self-sabotage—and how to get back on track to success.


77 The “Write” Way To Enjoy Your Vacation! Whether you’re headed off to spend weeks in a far-off locale or simply planning to enjoy a long weekend not far from home, you can still keep your writing career moving forward.


78 Authors: What To Keep (Or Ditch) On Your Writing Desk. Some items will definitely help you write more efficiently and creatively—and others will ultimately distract you from doing your best work.


79 How To Find A Writing Mentor. A writing mentor can offer you the benefit of his or her experience by giving you advice and pointing you in the right direction. Here are some tips to help you approach a writing mentor.


80 The 6 Traits Of A Great Writing Mentor. Whether you’re an experienced writer considering guiding a newbie writer, or you’re a fledgling writer looking for a knowledgeable author to help you, it’s important to know what the best mentors offer.


81 10 Tips That Will Help You Stick To Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions. Keep the momentum going and stick to your New Year’s writing resolutions!


82 How To Stay Focused On Writing In A Multitasking World. Even though multitasking feels effective, research shows that dividing our attention between several tasks at once may not be very productive. So how do we resist the urge to multitask and instead focus only on our writing?


83 5 Time-Management Skills Of Smart Writers. Smart writers know the importance of making the most of their time. We know you’re busy—so let’s get to it!


84 5 Steps To Take When The Writing Gets Tough And You Want To Quit. Before you decide that your only option is to give up, try these simple steps to get back on track.


85 Publishing Industry Vocabulary, Lingo, and Slang Used By Publishers And Authors. Here are some basic—but important—book publishing vocabulary and literary journal terms you need to know.


86 You Got In! How To Land A Writing Residency. A writing residency offers writers time and space away from their everyday lives in order to focus solely on reflection and creativity. Here’s how to get one!


87 After The Writing Conference: What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Do Next. Some of the most productive work you’ll do won’t happen while you’re at the conference: It will happen when you’re back in your home office.


88 How To Attend A Writing Conference For Free (Seriously)! Want to go to a writing conference this summer but it’s just not in your budget? Before you pawn your favorite pens trying to pay the registration fee, you should know: You may be able to go to a conference for free.


89 5 Writing Career Warning Signs Authors Mustn’t Ignore. If you feel something is “off” and that your writing career has stalled—here’s what you can do to change your course and get back on track.


90 Writer First Aid: 6 Remedies To Fix Your Broken Submission Strategy. Here are the most common problems our clients had trying to make submissions on their own—and how working with Writer’s Relief was the cure for what ailed them.


91 Your December Action Plan: 5 Steps To Take NOW To Be A More Successful Writer In The New Year. There’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to prepare for a rewarding new year!


92 Writers’ Resolutions For A New Year. Why not take this opportunity to decide to strengthen your writing skills and achieve your goal of getting published in the new year?


93 Think Like A Champion: Six Lessons Olympic Athletes Can Teach Creative Writers. As creative writers, we can learn a lot from these motivated, goal-oriented athletes.


94 Writers: 10 Ways To Stay Sane When You’re On A Deadline. Sometimes it’s hard to remain calm when you’re facing a tight deadline. Here are a few tips to help you keep your wits about you.


95 Good Writing That Doesn’t Get Published: 5 Problems That Sabotage Your Efforts. Here are five common problems that can sabotage your success rate and the best ways to improve your odds of getting a positive response.


96 Words Of Wisdom: You’re Never Too Old To Write. Nowadays, guys and gals age 50+ are choosing to remain on the job and enjoy activities like hiking, gourmet cooking, travel, and—of course—writing!


97 6 Career-Killing Mistakes New Writers Make. The writers who learn from their mistakes and are willing to adapt, learn, and grow are the ones who will reach their publishing goals.


98 Steps To Start Your Own Writers Group. What if you want some face time with other authors, and there aren’t any local writing groups near you? What do you do? Start a writers group!


99 10 Instant Stress-Busters For Busy Writers. We’ve compiled a few quick and easy stress-busters to help you survive the hectic times of year! Check them out!


100 Five Mistakes Writers Make When Setting Their Writing Goals. It’s always good to set writing goals. But don’t make these mistakes while setting your goals!


101 How To Pack Light For A Writing Conference And Leave More Room For Books! Writer’s conferences are a great way to take workshops, meet writing professionals, and to get more books, books, books! Make sure you leave room for those books with these tips!


102 Weird Daily Habits That Can Make You A Better Writer—Really!  It’s the little things—everyday habits—that can boost your creativity and make you a better author. Check out this list of good habits for writers.


103 How To Overcome Stage Fright For Your Book Reading. Writer’s Relief has tips from experienced actors to help you overcome stage fright when you have a book reading event.


104 5 Effective Ways To Reclaim Your Writing Time. Life can get busy and even topsy-turvy—but that shouldn’t mean giving up all the time you’ve scheduled for writing. Here are ways to reclaim your writing time while juggling everything else life throws at you.


105 How Writers Can Connect To Create An Effective Emotional Support System. Here are some easy ways to connect with other creative writers to create an effective emotional support system that will help you fight writer’s block and beat the rejection letter blues.


106 8 Easy Tips For Setting—And Keeping!—Writing Goals. With a day job, ongoing commitments, or unexpected changes sending your writing routine topsy-turvy, it’s not always easy to accomplish your goals as a writer. But don’t give up! At Writer’s Relief, our strategists know some great tips to help you with setting—and keeping!—your writing goals.



Inspiration And Encouragement For Poets


107 Poetry: Finding Your Inspiration. Inspiration for writers is everywhere!


108 Poetry Writers Retreats: Get Inspired By Getting Away. Consider a writing retreat to boost your focus and your mood.


109 Poetry Is A Lifestyle Choice: How To Keep A Poetic Frame Of Mind. Poetry isn’t just about jotting down some rhymes; it’s about seeing poetry all around you, all the time.


110 Purrfect! Cat-Themed Gifts For Book Lovers. Perfect gifts for the book and cat lover in your life!


111 Spring Writing Prompts: Let Your Creativity Blossom. Spring has sprung! Thaw out your frozen creative energy and get it flowing again with these invigorating spring-themed

writing prompts from The Elysian Muse.


112 15 ways poets can breathe new life into their poetry and create better poems. Get motivated to write more poetry with this great list of ideas!Inspiration For Poets: 15 Ways To Breathe New Life Into Your Poetry.


113 Writer: 8 Great Gifts You Can Give Yourself. As a writer, you sometimes need to treat yourself. Here are some great gifts you can give to yourself!


114 Winter Writing Prompts: Writing In A Winter Wonderland. Writer’s Relief has found some fantastic winter-themed writing prompt images to help take the chill off your creativity!


115 10 Podcasts To Boost Your Creativity. Check out this list of the top ten podcasts that will help boost your creativity.


116 Doggone Good Writing Advice From Dogs. Here is some doggone good advice from humanity’s best friend—dogs!




Closing Notes


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