Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them in 2018

By Katrin Schumann

I write a lot about writers’ insecurities because for 99.9 percent of us, fear lurks behind the brave faces we put on. Depending on where we are in our careers, we may all be afraid of different types of failures, but these deep-seated anxieties rarely go away completely.

Most artists learn to live with fear—and some learn to use it to drive toward better work. I might even dare to say that if you don’t experience doubt or fear, you should be worried. Overconfidence usually doesn’t serve writers well.

January 3, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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We are in the thick of it. Winter means shorter days and longer shopping lists. If you've been wondering how you are going to find time for fiction between all the festivities that come with the season, don't despair. Here at the Dead Darlings office, we've got you covered with three things that every writer needs.

December 8, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Author Newsletters--Yay or Nay?

By Katrin Schumann

Media marketing experts agree that maintaining a robust newsletter is one of the best ways for an author to build a core audience--a group of people who will be more interested and committed to you and your work than, say, that stranger lurking on twitter or the random people liking your Instagram shots.

December 6, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

Texts From Your Unfinished Novel

 

Here we are again, hanging in the ol’ Starbux. Just you, me, that venti chai latte, and eight million New Yorkers. Look—I get it. The apartment’s too quiet. You like the hubbub. It helps you think. But what am I, rewrite number six? Seven? I do not see the light at the end of the tunnel, here.

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November 29, 2017 | Erica Ferencik

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Hello from Dead Darlings! Last month we spent some time with our champions. First, five Grubbies with debut novels shared some of their success tips and struggles. Then we shared tips on how writers can get the most out of their protagonists.

November 10, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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