Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year New Challenges

  1. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s begin the Fight
  2. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  3. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  4. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: To Dump or not to Dump
  5. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Keep the Faith
  6. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Finding Your Identity
  7. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Just for the love of it
  8. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Step plan for success
  9. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Planning Issue
  10. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Crossroads
  11. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Overwhelming Effect
  12. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Waiting Game
  13. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reflection 2013
  14. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year New Challenges
  15. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Am I a real Writer?
  16. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Taking The Next Step
  17. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Submission Phobia
  18. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: How To Get Ideas
  19. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with Fear
  20. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Only Guarantee
  21. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Doubts of others
  22. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let those positives shine
  23. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: First Draft Blues
  24. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Time-wasting issue
  25. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Embrace the bad ideas
  26. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author?
  27. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Negative Feedback; the double slap
  28. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Pat yourself on the back
  29. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: The Deflated Eureka Moment
  30. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The doomed quest for perfection
  31. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writing Group fears
  32. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Horror Tree Crew tackle Mr Self Doubt
  33. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Read aloud challenge
  34. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Find your inner belief
  35. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: NaNoWriMo and Self-Doubt
  36. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: We are NaNoWriMo winners
  37. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year’s Resolutions for Writers
  38. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The benefits of organizing
  39. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Editing Strain
  40. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Writing Group Experience
  41. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with second stage fears
  42. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reading aloud to an audience
  43. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Importance of perseverance
  44. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Self-Doubt or Gut Feeling
  45. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Get ready for NaNoEdMo
  46. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Benefits of Writing Goals
  47. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection Gets Better
  48. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writers, take care of yourself!
  49. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Boost Your Self-Confidence
  50. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Why You Should Go to a Writing Festival
  51. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! A Publisher has Dropped Me
  52. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Setting Self Doubt on Fire Challenge
  53. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Prepare for a Book Reading Event
  54. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: It’s NaNoWriMo and NaNoEdMo Time
  55. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! I Didn’t Reach My NaNo Goal
  56. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Beat Self-Doubt in 2017
  57. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Female Horror Writer and Proud
  58. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Don’t Let Self-Doubt Make You Miss Deadlines
  59. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Hey! Where’s My Book Reading Audience
  60. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Tips on How to Ignore the Negative Voices
  61. Video Refresh: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  62. Video Refresh: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  63. Video Refresh: To Dump or not to Dump
  64. Video Refresh: Keep The Faith
  65. Video Refresh: Finding Your Identity
  66. Video Refresh: 5 Step plan for success
  67. Video Refresh: The Planning Issue
  68. Video Refresh: The Crossroads
  69. Video Refresh: The Overwhelming Effect
  70. Video Refresh: The Waiting Game
  71. Video Refresh: Am I A Real Writer?
  72. Video Refresh: Taking The Next Step
  73. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway in 2019
  74. Video Refresh: Submission Phobia
  75. Video Refresh: Dealing With Fear
  76. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Female Horror Author Reading Challenge
  77. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author? Video Refresh
  78. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Beat the Fear of Self-Publishing
  79. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Do NaNoWriMo Differently This Year
  80. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How Can Online Groups Help Writers?
  81. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire – AuthorTube – Learn How to Describe Emotion
  82. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire: How to Set Realistic Goals for NaNoWriMo

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Happy New Year everyone, I hope you are all prepared and excited for what 2014 has in store for us. With 2013 now out of the way there’s no more time to look back, it’s now time to look forward to what lies ahead of us, and hopefully what happens is that we get closer to reaching our goal.

 

This year I have big plans I was planning to finally write my first novel, however it turns out I might be crazy enough to try to do two. I just had this idea pop into my head the character stood there waving at me, I think a fight will break out between these characters soon enough, whoever wins will get their story written first lol. It’s a huge challenge going from short stories to a novel, it’s not only a bigger commitment but it feels like a bigger risk, but this is a challenge that needs to be faced, if you ever want to be a novelist that is.

 

So what do I have for you this week, well with new challenges in mind I thought it would be a good idea to encourage you all to challenge yourself this year. So to help you with this I have come up with a list of possible writing (writing related) challenges you can set yourself.

 

  1. Complete that novel that you have planned or half finished, it won’t be read if it’s stuck in your head or your desk draw.
  2. Do a short story collection, there’s probably many short stories that you can group together and try sell them as a package, you never know it might get published, and you might start building up a much needed fan base.
  3. Not ready for a novel try a novelette or a novella, novella is shorter than a novel, novelette is shorter than a novella but longer than a short story. This article explains the differences in an easy way.
  4. Set yourself a monthly short story submission target. If you’re like me, you have a huge pile that needs submitting.
  5. Improve your current skills by doing a course. There’s no shame in needing extra knowledge this journey is an ongoing learning process after all. I have done many free courses that I have found on the web, this website has the most free courses, and has helped me a lot.
  6. Build a social media presence, this will help you to interact with any fans you might have or even other writers.
  7. Create a website or blog, having a website helps you to reach out to more readers, and it is there for any editor who wants to see what you have done before.
  8. Write your first short story or try a flash fiction, whether you are new to writing or have written novels and never thought of trying anything smaller, short stories will help to tighten up your writing. Flash fiction will really help you to cut out the waffle, a full story in fewer than 1000 words sometimes fewer than 500 is a real challenge. I have toyed with the idea of trying to write a drabble (exactly 100 words), it’s something I might do if I feel brave enough.
  9. Set yourself a reading challenge, every writer knows that to write you must also read. So why not set yourself a monthly reading challenge. You don’t have to limit yourself to novels or spend lots of money, there’s many ways to read stories for free, you have many short story websites and you have of course the library.
  10. To carry on fighting for this dream, this will possibly be your biggest challenge and the most important. You want to make it as a writer then you have to fight for it folks.

 

As you can see, I haven’t mentioned destroying Mr Self Doubt and that’s because you can’t. Doubt is something that will always be there it’s part of life and not just a writer’s life. What you can do is promise yourself that you will not let him stop you from doing what you want to do. He can’t die but you can set him alight and kick the crap out of him.

 

So there you have it folks 10 challenges for 2014, hopefully there’s one that you would like to try or maybe it’s given you some ideas of others either way this year is about going forward, and forward we shall go.

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Nicole Simms

Nicole J. Simms is a UK horror, crime and fantasy writer. However, she is open to writing in other genres. Her stories have been published in anthologies, in magazines and on websites. In 2016, she won the Nine Voices’ 50-Word Halloween Competition with her story ‘Meeting the Parents’. And, her self-published e-book The Book of Drabbles is now available to download for free. She is also the deputy leader of the Oldbury Writing Group, a West Midlands based writing group. They have published a WW2 anthology together titled From Sunrise to Sunset, and they are now working on their second anthology. Stephen King, Sharon Bolton, J. K. Rowling, R. L. Stine and Kelley Armstrong are some of her favourite authors. And, when she’s not writing, she loves to bake, paint, knit and go on nature walks. Find out more at: Website - http://nicole-j-simms.co.uk Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/NicoleJSimmsWriter Twitter link - https://twitter.com/NicoleJSimms1 Goodreads link - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19383148.Nicole_J_Simms

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