Right now, in the Writer’s Mastermind online writing group, we’re focusing on time and energy management for writers and designing a lifestyle that helps us produce our best work.

During the past few weeks, I have experimented with intermittent fasting and am going to share my results.

Intermittent Fasting for Writers

Not only is intermittent fasting an effective way to burn fat, but the latest science also says it turns on latent genes, reverses aging, detoxes the body, and most importantly for writers, improves cognitive function.

So does intermittent fasting really work, or is it all just hype? …

14 tips to keep your writing from becoming work

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Remember when you were a kid and being an artist was fun? Finger paints and imaginary friends. Silly costumes and play-acting. We didn’t think about whether or not our creations and performances would sell or receive a good review on a trendy site. The reward was the simple act of creation, to make something that didn’t exists before.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” — Pablo Picasso

As we grow from the limitless imagination and wonderment of a child into adulthood, that sense of creative abandon is diluted. We…

Writing through a pandemic

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Most of us have experienced true fear or anxiety on some level — whether it was a close scrape with danger, a rollercoaster ride, or the general anxiety our brains subject us too. But with coronavirus, we are all facing a fear we have never known. It’s not the breathless fear of running away from a predator, but it is a gnawing fear that sometimes overtakes us. We fear death, chaos, and uncertainty. We are living in the dystopian book we all dreaded, worrying about how crazy this is going to get. We might wonder, is it okay to use…

Rejections often have nothing to do with the quality of your story

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As a writer, I know the submissions process can be a huge mental and emotional drain. Not only is it time-consuming and tedious, there are the nail-biting weeks or months afterward waiting for an answer. If the answer is no, a writer must go through a period of grief and summon the strength to get back out and submit again. But being rejected often has nothing to do with the quality of the writing.

I am a writer who has committed my fair share of submission faux pas, but when I ran the Spring Short Story Contest for Let’s Get…

Knowing your weak spots is the first step to greatness

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In this world of indie publishing, anyone and everyone is writing a book, but should they be?

I might be a jerk for bringing this up, but I’ll say it.

I see a lot of crappy books out there.

It makes me wonder—if all these writers think they’re good, and I am just as optimistic about my abilities, could I be mistaken too?

Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham is one of my favorite books about this creative dilemma. Fed up with a dreary accounting job, our protagonist, Phillip, goes to Paris to become a painter. …

A message to self-taught writers

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I love to watch virtuosos on YouTube — pianists, violinists, dancers, and singers that seem to have supernatural abilities. They make their performances look effortless, but no one sees what it took for them to reach that level of mastery.

What about the hours of practice, the hundreds of times they got it wrong, and how they pushed forward despite the criticism? We don’t realize everything they sacrificed — family, friends, sleep, and fun — to become what they are. They remind me of the investment I need to make to become the best writer I can be.

Until recently…

11 Reasons You’re Failing to Launch and How to Fix Them

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Why do launches fail?

Often it has nothing to do with the book, podcast, website, or business idea. Most of the time it’s a completely avoidable and fixable issue.

That issue is YOU.

Take my story. One night I was sitting on my back porch thinking about how much I wished there was a virtual community for fiction writers with classes and resources that would inevitably lead me to making my living as a full-time author.

Then I had one of those if-you-build-it-they-will-come moments.

Fireworks exploded. The entire vision unfolded in my imagination—the way it would look and feel, all…

Small holes in your author platform can cost you big time

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I develop author platforms for a living and have worked with all kinds of writers — from paranormal romance, to literary fiction, to children’s picture books. No matter the genre, the same basic rule applies.

The goal is to be found by your readers, and your author platform must make it easy for fans to engage with and share your content.

The issues I’m going to share with you might seem obvious, but I come across them daily, even with established writers. The smallest holes in your author platform cost you big time. …

Writing a story is like falling in love.

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The beginning is all heat and passion and excitement.

You can’t get enough of each other.

You want to be with your story night and day.

You gaze longingly into the clouds and smile when you think of the two of you together.

When anyone asks you about your WIP, you gush like a teenager.

But then the sparks begin to fade.

You discover your story’s not the perfect angel you dreamed it to be.

You start seeing the holes and imperfections.

You get annoyed. Why can’t it just do what you want it to do?

You start avoiding it…

Self-mutilation. Think about that word. What first comes to mind?

In The Sick Series, most readers will find John Branch’s self-mutilation horrific and incomprehensible. He is deceitful, manipulative, and selfish, but his compulsions and desires are the spawn of self-hatred, neglect, and lack of love. What do you think we should do with a man like John Branch? Most people would probably say he should be locked up, put on meds, and forced into therapy.

But what is the difference between what John Branch does to his body and what happens under the plastic surgeon’s knife? Women and men who…

Christa Wojciechowski

An American living in Panama, writing from the foot of a volcano. Creator of The Writers’ Mastermind. Sign up at https://letsgetpublished.com/waitlist

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