A Look Back….

I have been involved with the writing group Writers Unite! from its beginnings on Facebook in 2015. Two years ago the admins decided to start a blog An slow undertaking but we are seeing growth and enthusiasm for the content. Check out the WU! Blog!!!

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pocket-watch-1637396_1920Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Writers Unite!blog, and we want to share a bit about how the blog came to be and why.

Writers Unite! was created as a haven for all writers to share their writing for critique without fear of ridicule and where novice and experienced writers could learn from each other. We were fortunate to enjoy very steady growth and to gain exposure by appearing on Paul Reeves’s radio program, Dr. Paul’s Family Talk. As our outreach broadened, we began to grow at a staggering rate.

In the late summer of 2016, the admins decided that we needed to take the Facebook group, Writers Unite! to the internet to increase the exposure of the group and expand the content we could provide. On October 12, 2016, Writers Unite!’s blog on WordPress launched.

Building a blog is a slow process, but we have labored…

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We Write. Are We Professional?

As we approach the WU! Blog’s second anniversary, we have been reposting articles from the past. Today, one with an important message. We are writers and we should behave professionally at all times. One of the most respectful and professional behaviors we can ascribe to is very simple, express your thanks for the efforts others make on your behalf. Not to do so is rude and only serves to expose our own shortcomings. It takes less than ten seconds to say thanks. Do it.

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Writers lead exciting lives. We can sit in the safety of our homes or cafes or wherever we choose to write and have amazing adventures through our words. As George R. R. Martin wrote in one of his novels,

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…. The man who never reads lives only one.”

A writer lives those thousand lives as well.

Who are we who call ourselves writers?

We are ethnically diverse, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, but share a passion for writing. We publish, some of us are highly successful, some not. Many published authors would refer to themselves as professional writers. The question is, are we?

What is a Professional?

 Merriam-Webster defines professionalism as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.

The attributes of a professional:

  • Appearance
  • Demeanor
  • Reliability
  • Competence
  • Ethics
  • Maintaining Poise
  • Phone Etiquette
  • Written correspondence
  • Organizational Skills
  • Accountability

These attributes…

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Words of Neil Gaiman

Check out the latest Author’s Advice on WU!’s blog. Today’s advice is from Neil Gaiman.

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While this is very true for writers, it is also true in life.

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Adam J. Johnson: Channeling your Muse

Another terrific article from Adam Johnson and Writers Unite! about how to deal with the pressures of writing!

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Writer’s block is a topic we like to frequently touch on because it’s something that plagues us all! No matter what type of writer you may be, whether it’s technical writing, blogging, journalism, or you’re purely an author, you have done battle with this daunting foe. It rears its head at the most inconvenient times and makes you feel powerless. It’s seemingly a random occurrence that shows up and leaves as it pleases. This however, is not the case. There are several reasons that we suffer from writer’s block and several reasons why some are less plagued by it than others. Our muse or personal source of inspiration is one of the tools in our arsenal against writer’s block. Sadly, we often view our muse in the same way that we do writer’s block. We think it’s random. How many times have you felt the rush of inspiration striking and…

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Lynn Miclea: Comparisons? Stop Comparing!

Do you compare yourself to others? Well, admin Lynn Miclea​ says stop!!! Many times, writers like to compare themselves to other writers and it is not a good thing. In this very informative article, Lynn gives great advice on why you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone!!!

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Comparisons. We all do it—we compare ourselves to others. Does he write better than me? Is she more successful than I am? And we find that we’re not as good as some, and we are better than others. Or so it seems.

However, this is misleading at best, and dangerous at worst. What we perceive is not always what is really there. And what we compare ourselves to might be an incorrect image built up in our minds, supported by fear and self-doubt.

First, it’s important to understand that each of us is on a different path, our own unique journey. Someone else is on a different path. We have different skills and abilities, we write in different genres, and we aim for a different audience. We have different writing styles, different stories, different characters, and a different voice. So a comparison is not helpful at all.

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Deborah Ratliff: The Lonely Writer

As we countdown to the WU! blog’s second anniversary, we have been sharing articles from the past. Today, my article “The Loney Writer” and why we need writing friends is featured. Please note, at the time this article was written, Writers Unite! was approaching 15,000 members. Two years later, we are approaching 44,000 members. Thanks to all of you who are taking the journey with us!

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Writing is lonely work. At least, that is the opinion of friends of mine who are not writers. They ask, how can you sit at a computer all day and not talk to anyone? Somehow, telling them, I’m never alone and that I talk to my characters would likely not reassure them being alone is good for me.

The fact is that despite the witty or testy or romantic conversations we have with our creations, writing is lonely work.

My career provided a writing outlet. I wrote research papers, training, operations, and policy manuals, newsletters, and media advertising copy.  While necessary within the scope of my work and writing advertising was challenging, I never felt fulfilled. When time to write presented itself, I took the plunge. I started writing fiction.

As an only child, the solitude of writing was never a concern. What I did discover was that the support…

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