Category Archives: Problems Faced by the Serious Writer

This 1 Thing Will Squelch Your Dreams of Authorship

Maybe when all is said and done, the reason you aren’t published is not the hours a night you spend watching television, the hours you spend clicking “like” on all the foodie pics your friends post on Facebook, the lateness … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Disappointments and Struggles

Jean F. Akin. My newest novel for an adult audience, entitled COLD AS WINTER WOODS, is soon to be published under the name J.F. Akin. It’s a thriller about the victim of a kidnapping, and how she fares when misunderstandings … Continue reading

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The Joy of Writing In The New Year

**by Jean Foster Akin** Did you sit down to write as much as you’d have liked this last year? I know: I haven’t either. I wasted a lot of time. When I felt “stuck” with my writing, or was overwhelmed with … Continue reading

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The Writer’s #1 Method to Cut Down on Anxiety & Self-Loathing

*Jean Foster Akin* Your jaw is tense. You can feel the headache beginning behind your eyes and at your temples. The muscles at the back of your neck could be packed with lead. You glance at your wrist watch. They’ll all … Continue reading

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Writers: You Need to Get Serious About This. Seriously.

*by Jean Foster Akin* We’ve discussed mindfulness and its absolute necessity in a writer’s life because it informs the creative mind. But today I wish to discuss another extremely important issue for the Serious Writer. Coffee. Don’t talk to me about … Continue reading

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One Great Way To Make Your Muse Start Talking Again

*by Jean Foster Akin* We’ve all been there: staring at a blank page on the laptop, our brains doing that clenched fist thing, and none of the words it squeezes out are just right. You have no idea where the … Continue reading

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3 Ways Mindfulness Can Improve Your Writing

by Jean Foster Akin Last week I brought up the subject of Now: allowing yourself a few quiet minutes in the day to be mindful in order to connect not only with the world around you, but with the world within … Continue reading

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