Writers in the Storm

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Author: Ellen Buikema

How to Find the Writer Within, Your Creative Self

by Ellen Buikema

“I’m not creative.” Not true.

We all start life as creative people—you may have been discouraged during childhood or another time along the way to now, but creativity is within, waiting for you to rediscover it.

How can we cultivate our creativity to finally call ourselves ‘creative’?Read the post

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How to Publish Poems and Prose in Magazines

by Ellen Buikema

There is nothing quite like the joy of seeing your words in print. Getting your poetry and short stories published takes effort and persistence. But if you take the right approach with the composition and submissions process, you’ll have a better chance of finding a home for your poetry and prose.… Read the post

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Ways for Authors to Cross-Promote Their Books

by Ellen Buikema

One aspect of the book business that authors dislike is marketing their work. Not all of us are born salespeople. Some authors are extroverts who enjoy putting themselves out there, and easily juggle a day job, writing, and family time.… Read the post

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How to Overcome Obstacles to Writing, Part 2

by Ellen Buikema

There are times when a writer is stuck, not because of a lack of content, but due to fear that their work isn’t good enough for anyone else to read.

Writing, in some ways, is an act of love.… Read the post

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How to Overcome Obstacles to Writing, Part 1

by Ellen Buikema

All great relationships have obstacles, including the relationship we have with writing. Sometimes the muse loves us, other times…not so much.

What to do When the Muse Stops Talking

It’s hard to hear your muse when you’re worried.… Read the post

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