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Red Velvet Armchair: Using the Furniture Game for Characters and Confidence

Playing can develop our confidence by helping us feel we have control over our world. And just as importantly, it teaches that life  can be fun. But as adults we often don't play enough. "There are more vital things to be done!" we tell ourselves. Yet psychologists like Jean Piaget have argued that play is vital to development. Well, if this is true, then surely it can help us develop our craft as writers too

March 6, 2015 | Susan Williams

The Writing Life

Why We Write and How it Can Save Us

As writers, we often do our very best work when we're living in the moment, spilling truth onto the page. After all, inhabiting the present rather than rushing ahead in time is important when we're crafting our work. When we're truly in the moment, the work can come alive. But how can we stay in the present while the Internet keeps prodding, the phone keeps ringing, the kitchen needs cleaning, the boss needs that report?

September 5, 2014 | Susan Williams

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Is Writing Getting You Down? 5 Ways to Increase Your Writerly Confidence

If you keep losing your energy, or you’re sapped because of high expectations, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Though critiques can be most helpful, too many of them can leave us depleted, as can the sense that you’ll “never” complete your project or tap the readership you desire. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to give you and your work a pep. Here are just a few of them.

May 9, 2014 | Susan Williams

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Pep Talk: Giving Your Work Away Is a Great Way to Sell It

As writers, if we want to grow an audience, we need to spread the word about our work. Yes, whether you’re fiercely indie or want to publish with Random House—or, indeed, you’re somewhere between the two—then posting a blog, publishing online, or creating an e-book are powerful ways to get known for what you do. But I often hear writers telling me that they’re too shy to post their stories online, or they don’t like to “give their stories away,” or they don’t gel with social media

March 14, 2014 | Susan Williams

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Pep Talk: Being Courageous Writers with Queer Author Jacob Louder

Courage deserves our encouragement. After all, when we are brave, our writing often grows stronger. Below, I interview queer erotic author Jacob Louder, who has published his erotic writing with Go Deeper Press

February 25, 2014 | Susan Williams

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