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Writing Obstacle No. 13 – Wendy Laura Belcher

This month of #AcWriMo we’re featuring heaps of advice from the book Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Wendy Laura Belcher. She’ll offer a wealth of information on carefully planning your writing and getting over obstacles – practical and emotional.

I really can’t move forward on this writing project.

Sometimes, through no fault of your own, you cannot write. Perhaps you must wait for a result or further funding or your advisor’s response. If the way is blocked on one project, turn to another. Success correlates with authors who are not monomaniacal but have several writing projects going at once. If bored or frustrated with one, you can switch to the other. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that only full-time dedication to a single project will result in success. If you’re brought to a standstill, work on a grant application, revise an old article, or draft ideas for another article. You should always be moving forward on some front.What else is common writing obstacles ? Click here to find out.

  1. Kris, I too am enjoying the seeris and looking forward to next weeks post. It is very thought provoking to consider that ebooks can be the thing to save big publishing. I’m sure that will be based on if a company is willing to change. I’ll bet not all of the publishing companies in the 1930s survived, and for some it was because they were not willing to change.I’m not sure if this will be included in your posts, but technology is fast paced and changes constantly. I’m sure as e-readers continue to evolve that more options in how content is presented will emerge. I can see some add-ons similiar to bonus features on DVDs today.For example, I remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books my kids read about 15 years ago. These could make a comeback via hyperlinks with e-readers, and not just for kids. Also, how about a name pronunciation guide delivered in the writers own voice? That would be good for some SF/F novels with alien sounding names.Historical background notes? These can be very interesting if say an author sets a mystery novel in the late 60 s in Chicago, or such.Just some thoughts on how technology may enhance the content beyond just the story.Alan

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