How and Why You Should Create a Writer's Mission Statement

Helloooo, friends!

As you may or may not know, every week (on Wednesdays at 9pm Eastern, to be exact) I host a Twitter chat called #StorySocial. I co-founded this chat back in June 2014 with my friend and fellow author Jenny Bravo, and it’s been an amazing way to connect with writers worldwide ever since.

The #StorySocial crowd has become a tight-knit group over the years, but we also ALWAYS love having new writers join us (hint, hint!). But I digress…

In all our weeks of chatting, I don't think we've ever had such strong feedback as we had a few weeks ago, when our chat topic for the night was Writers’ Mission Statements. Several chatters even went so far as to call it their favorite chat yet.

It was truly an incredible and inspiring hour of conversation!

Unfortunately, the software I use to create our weekly chat recaps glitches every time I try to create a recap for that night’s chat. But the Writer's Mission Statement chat was simply too good not to recap!

So instead of skipping it, I decided to write up a mini-article explaining how you, too, can create a Writer’s Mission Statement to call your own! 

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Creativity vs. Productivity: Finding Balance in Your Writing Life (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how creativity and productivity interact, including how we can ditch the pressure to produce and focus on fostering our creativity instead!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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How to Write a Novel When You Have a Full-Time Life (with author M.J. McGriff)

Hey, writers! Kristen here.

When it comes to making time to write, I have it pretty easy. I'm unmarried, childless, and I work from home. My schedule's often packed, but I still have a lot of opportunity to make writing a priority in my life.

So when the lovely Margaret McGriff reached out the other week to pitch a guest post on writing a novel when you have a full-time life, I couldn't resist. Who better to dish out such advice than someone I've long since considered Superwoman?

(Seriously, guys. Margaret blows my mind. You don't wanna miss this.)

So if you're struggling to make the time to write, this is THE article for you. Without any further ado, I'll hand it over to Margaret!

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Exploring the Basics of Character Arcs (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored the basics of building strong character arcs for our stories.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Four Steps to Overcome Writing Procrastination

I've met a variety of writers since joining the online writing community, and I have to admit: I'm mad jealous of those who look forward to every single writing session with reckless abandon.

I am not one of those writers. And I know I'm not alone.

For a number of us, writing isn't always the most joy-inducing task in the world, no matter how much we love our stories. For any number of reasons, sitting down to write can be difficult for some of us. And oftentimes, procrastination wins out.

The good news? Writing procrastination is completely normal.

You should never treat yourself like less of a writer because you lack the motivation to tackle your next writing session. Like I said, there are a number of reasons why procrastination may plague you.

We're going to talk about each of these reasons, as well as how to stop procrastination in its tracks, in today's article. So let's get going!

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How to Craft Brilliant Flawed Characters (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to craft brilliantly flawed characters. 

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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5 Keys to Writing Success

We all want to be successful, don't we?

We want to be happy in our work. To be motivated and inspired. Always ready to write. We want to find as much time as we can to focus on our stories, and we want others to love and support our stories when we share them. 

Success. 

It's a shiny concept, but it's also hard-earned. And because success often seems so distant and unattainable, the desire for it can lead us to place undue pressure on ourselves.

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Are You Ready to Conquer Writing Overwhelm?

Let's face it: writing isn't always easy. Sure, it's fun when we're in the zone, when we have a brilliant idea in mind and the words just seem to flow. But most of the time?

Most of the time, writing is hard.

We battle tricky plot holes, the urge to edit as we write, the monstrous task of editing, scenes that just don't seem to have any direction, the hell that is proofreading, and so on.

And oftentimes, we lose our battles, letting the overwhelm of tackling tough writing problems or goals turn us to procrastination rather than productivity. So how can we flip the script?

That's exactly what we're going to talk about today!

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Ready to learn how to write with purpose? Our new free resource has arrived!


Friends, are you ready to celebrate? Write With Purpose is here at last, and I am so excited to finally share it with you! 🎉

In case you haven't heard, Write With Purpose is the new free workbook that I've been creating and hyping all February long. It's designed specifically to help you learn how to find your focus, cultivate confidence in storytelling, and begin building your ideal writing life. 

And did I mention that it's 100% free? And finally available for download? Someone break out the cake!

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Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Writing Life (February 2017)

Oh, February. What can I say about you?

Well first, let me begin by saying that Read & Written is my monthly recap series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at my reading and writing (both fiction and for Well-Storied), as well as a sneak peak at my goals for the coming month.

(Psst...you can check out past recaps here!)

And, well, February's recap isn't the shiniest. It was by no means a terrible month, don't get me wrong. But after transitioning She's Novel to Well-Storied on January 31st, I suddenly found myself jolted into a new stage of life, and things didn't go as smoothly as planned.

Simply put: goals did not get accomplished. But hey, we all have bad days and months! It happens. I'm human, just like everyone else. So enough with the pity party. Let's get on to the review!

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How to Intentionally Improve Your Writing (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, our topic was on how to intentionally improve our writing skills.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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How to Rediscover Your Love for Writing

Confession Time: I don’t have it all together. Not by far.

The last few months of my life have been chaos.

It began with holiday prep around late November; moved into Christmas craziness, an extended family visit, and the epic project that was rebranding She’s Novel into Well-Storied; and ended with me waking up in February to realize that my writing life had dwindled to nearly non-existent.

Can I get a "whoops!"?

Now, I do keep a daily writing habit (you can read about why I do so here), and I was able to maintain this ritual over these past few months, writing for just a few brief moments each day. 

But what I didn’t realize until February was just how much I had fallen out of love with writing…or rather, just how much I had lost touch with the writing that I love. There truly hasn’t been a day in months when I've sat down to work with any measure of joy or motivation. 

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The Importance of Taking Writing Breaks (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, our topic was the importance of taking writing breaks.

Have you ever found yourself suddenly unmotivated to write? You're tired, doubts are creeping in, and you feel like you just don't have the energy anymore. You're probably burned out! Next time, rather than working yourself into mental exhaustion, wouldn't you rather just take a break?

That's exactly what we talked about in this week's chat.

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How to Publish Your Novel With Pride (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, our topic was how to publish with pride.

Nowadays, writers face so much pressure to publish, to publish often, to publish as a career, or to publish in a certain way. But guess what? All of that pressure is meaningless! Because if we aren't publishing with confidence, why are we publishing in the first place–right?

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How to Create a Dynamic Story That Will Blow Your Readers Away

Have you ever read a book that just fell flat?

The author didn’t necessarily do anything wrong. They created strong characters, killer conflict and a clever plot, beautiful scene descriptions, and so on. But still the book fell short for you, and you just can’t place your finger on what could have made the story more dynamic. 

“Eh, it was just a bit formulaic,” you say when a friend asks how you enjoyed your latest read.

Today, I’m here to make the case that disappointing stories aren’t the result of sticking too closely to story structure (or to any other established writing techniques, for that matter), but rather sticking too closely to the basics of those techniques. 

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How to Finally Wrap Up Your Novel Project (a #StorySocial recap)

Hey, there! Did you know that I host a weekly Twitter chat for writers called #StorySocial?

It's true!

#StorySocial takes place every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern, and each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we discussed how to *finally* wrap up our novel projects, and it was a blast.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries, m'dear!

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Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Writing Life (January 2017)

Welcome to the new Well-Storied, writers!

This is the very first blog post I've published since She's Novel became Well-Storied on January 31st, 2017. Writing blog posts feels pretty familiar, but at the same time, there's something freeing about this one in particular.

Now that I've refocused and streamlined my online presence, I feel like I'm finally creating at 100%, with all my mental energy and excitement focused on just one thing at a time. Can you smell the possibility in the air, friends?

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Seven Things Editors Wish Authors Knew

As an editor, I have encountered countless authors, and they usually have the same questions or concerns. I have compiled a list of seven things editors wish authors knew, so your process of working with an editor is as smooth as possible.

 

1. Book Us in Advance

Writers frequently ask me when they should book me, and I always tell them as soon as possible. Editors tend to get booked out weeks, if not months, in advance, and you want to ensure that you are on your ideal editor’s schedule at the right time.

Also, if you have a deadline with your editor before you even write your novel, you will be motivated to finish it. There is nothing like external motivation to make sure you get your book done.

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How to Regain Focus When Plot Bunnies Attack

We all face doubts and distractions from time to time.

But one of the most common distractions writers face is by far those pesky plot bunnies, a.k.a story ideas that pop up when you're already working on a project. And of course, those story ideas lead you down bunny trails of possibility.

Which is why plot bunnies are both a blessing and a curse.

To know that your imagination is fired up and ready to go is always wonderful, but when too many story ideas plague you, it can be difficult to stay focused on your current project. Your brain idealizes your new plot bunnies, making your drafting and editing start to seem pretty boring.

But obviously we can't chase down every plot idea that comes our way. We'd never finish writing a book! So what do we do to overcome the plot bunny overwhelm and get back to writing?

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Ten (Hard!) Truths Every Writer Should Know

It's time for pie again. And this time, you're really gonna need it.

So, friends. Last week on the blog, I shared ten encouraging truthsevery writer should know. Truths that help us banish our doubts, bolster our self-confidence, and encourage our inspiration.

But that week is not this week. No, siree! 

This week, I'm sharing ten hard truths. Truths that may not be so pleasant to hear, but that absolutely must be heard all the same. Which is why you should probably cut yourself that slice of apple pie before digging in today's post. 

Believe me, pie makes everything better. *passes you a plate*

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