Three Reasons Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories

Three Reasons Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories

Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Rossitza Pfeifer to The Educated Writer!


Writing a novel can be an exciting and fun project, but it can also be something that you spend many months or even years writing. Many of my fellow writers are sometimes exhausted or get stuck during the writing process and don’t know how to continue. In general, a novel is a big commitment to your story idea and creativity. But, a short story doesn’t have to be.

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Show vs Tell - What's the Difference and How Can I Master Both?

Show vs Tell - What's the Difference and How Can I Master Both?

Show vs Tell is easily one of the most preached about rules when it comes to writing. Some writers think you should always show and never tell. Other writers think showing leads to paragraphs that are much too long and easily bores readers. 

The truth is you can and should do both. The purpose of telling is to state facts or opinions and provide information. The purpose of showing is to describe the situation and allow the reader to imagine the story and events. Basically, telling names emotions, feelings, and environments, while showing evokes emotion and describes what your characters are seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling, saying, etc. 

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Four Tips To Help You Conquer Self-Doubt

Four Tips To Help You Conquer Self-Doubt

The other day, I was sitting down to work on my novel and I was hit with this overwhelming feeling of self-doubt. Questions swirled through my mind: What am I doing? What if I'm terrible? What if I'm not good enough? What if people hate my book? Immediately, I wanted to close my laptop and stop writing. The way I saw it, there was no point in continuing if people were going to hate what I wrote anyway. 

I felt that way for about two days and then I shook off the crippling feelings of self-doubt, opened back up my laptop, and started writing again. However, this isn't the first time I've felt this way and I know it won't be the last. I know these feelings will pop up again and again. So I did some research so I'll know how to better handle these feelings when they pop up again and I wanted to share what I learned with you. 

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Four Tips To Help You Balance Multiple Writing Projects

Four Tips To Help You Balance Multiple Writing Projects

It happens to the best of us. Your halfway done with your current WIP (work-in-progress) and then you get a new idea for a new book. (Hello shiny new idea syndrome!) You're so excited that you pause your current WIP to work on this new idea, but you're guilty because your first WIP is calling out to you to finish its story. Now you're frustrated because you don't know how to dedicate your time and energy to work on both. How do you balance your time between multiple writing projects? Read on for my four tips.

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Five Tips to Handle Criticism Like A Pro!

Five Tips to Handle Criticism Like A Pro!

Ah, criticism.

No matter if it's coming from a beta reader, a critique partner, an editor, an agent, a publisher, or a reader, you're going to face criticism at multiple points in your writing journey. It won't be pretty. It's going to suck. It may even hurt. However, if you follow the five tips below, you'll be able to handle criticism like a pro!

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