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Recognizing and Respecting Writer’s Burnout: Tips From Author Jeffe Kennedy

Recognizing and Respecting Writer’s Burnout

author Jeffe Kennedy

“Recognizing and Respecting Writer’s Burnout” was written by Jeffe Kennedy, an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She has won the prestigious RITA® Award from RWA, been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Check out her upcoming novel, the Orchid Throne, which is available for pre-order. 

At SFWA’s Nebula Conference in May 2019, I was on a panel called “Burnout: how to recognize it and maybe how to avoid it next time.” It turned out to be one of those amazing panels where I learned as much as the audience did. 

At lunch afterwards, a gal who’d been at the panel asked me to discuss more for the rest of the table—and those people responded with the same heartfelt enthusiasm. At the end of that conversation, one of the PublishDrive reps at the table asked me if I’d do a guest post on the topic. 

Clearly writer’s burnout is something we writers need to talk about more!

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How to Co-Author a Book: Top 5 Methods to Share the Workload

How to Co-Author a Book: Top 5 Methods to Share the Workload

Whether you’re a bestselling author with a large back list or a debut author, readers always want one thing from you: more books. That’s why many authors publish frequently with the so-called “rapid release” strategy. 

But rapid releases are really hard to do as a solo author, and they require a lot of preparation. As a solution, many authors have turned to collaboration.

Embraced by many in the indie publishing community, co-authoring helps you share the workload and speed up the writing process. And those aren’t the only benefits: co-authoring allows you to quickly expand your back catalog, combine marketing efforts, and cross-promo with your team. 

But how exactly do you write a book with another author? In this article, we’ll explore how to co-author a book while streamlining your workflow.  Continue Reading…

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How to Write and Finish Your Novel: My 5-Step Method

how to write and finish your novel - my 5 step method

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“How to Write and Finish Your Novel: My 5-Step Method” was written by globetrotter and writer Ted Neill. Ted has worked on five continents as an educator, health professional, and journalist. His most recent novel, Reaper Moon, confronts the recent rise of white nationalism and white supremacy within the US, exploring the high stakes at the level of the personal and political. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram: @therealauthortedneill

Working with that most mysterious of business partners: your muse.

Every work of writing is a combination of the time spent writing and the time spent NOT writing. You need time NOT writing to think about the writing, consciously—but more often unconsciously. It’s this unconscious area of idea development that artists for millennia have referred to as their “muse.” In the sciences, scientists call it the Eureka phenomenon. Both notions are as old as classical Greece—likely older.

But working with a process/partner as nebulous as this can be tricky and hard to explain to outsiders. That is because it means that desk time is not the only productive time for a writer. It’s your productive time, but your muse works different hours—odd hours—often when you’re not looking.

When writing a novel, we have to allow ourselves this time and space for ideas to grow. We must establish a rhythm of writing and not writing. We must balance desk time (when we work) versus away-from-desk time (when the unconscious/muse works). It’s only with this balance that ideas can properly develop.

And it can be frustratingly non-linear. That said, here is my best attempt to describe how to write a novel in a step-by-step way, including how I cycle through writing and NOT writing, desk time, and all-the-rest-of-my-life, all towards the goal of nurturing ideas into a finished work.

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Self Care for Authors: How to Prevent Writer Burnout

self care for authors - how to prevent writer burnout

We live in a culture where we’re considered productive if we work fourteen hours a day. Nobody bats an eye if we go to the office early and leave late or work through the weekends. We’re always on our phones. We never disconnect.

We’ve all read articles about successful people who get up at 4 AM, go to the gym, drink green smoothies, work ten hours, barely get any sleep, and then do it all over again. We set those kinds of goals for ourselves, and might even post about it on social media. If we don’t meet that completely unrealistic standard, we feel that we’re falling behind in our lives.

But where does that actually leave us?

Exhausted, depleted, unhappy, unfulfilled, and resentful – aka writer burnout.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we’ve been exploring ways that writers can stay mentally healthy, happy, and productive. Did you know that sleep and rest are just as important as work and productivity? If you take regular breaks, give yourself permission to rest, and ensure that you get enough sleep, you will actually accomplish more work in less time.

These tips will help you prevent writer burnout (or stop it in its tracks if you feel it about to hit you like a train):

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Top 3 Ways of Boosting Your Author Career Through Writing Conferences

Top 3 ways of boosting author career with writing conferences

You’ve probably heard that conferences are essential to your writing career development, but do you know why?

The PublishDrive team attended several conferences this fall where we either gave a talk or simply had the chance to mingle with writers. As the number of author-related conferences grows rapidly year by year, you may be wondering which ones are best for you. In this article, I summarize various types of author-related conferences and my personal takeaways.

To sum up, I’ve attended the following conferences: Digital Book World (Nashville), Romance Con (Richmond), National Writers Union Conference (New York), Las Vegas Book Festival (Las Vegas), 20booksto50k (Las Vegas), YALLfest (Charleston), and Miami Book Fair (Miami) – I’ve definitely compiled a list of thoughts!

Here are my top three recommendations for leveraging the power of conferences in the publishing industry:

  • Attend the conference that fits your publishing journey.
  • Learn from other writers and attendees and collaborate with them.
  • Prepare for conferences accordingly and have fun! 🙂

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How to Become a Ghostwriter: Perks and Benefits

Are you a writer if you are not writing your own book? And, are you an author if you are not the author of the book you wrote? The topic of ghostwriters is the hot potato of the literary world and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. This article aims to clarify what ghostwriting is and isn’t, and give some advice on how to become a ghostwriter yourself.

What is ghostwriting?

A ghostwriter is somebody who’s hired to write a book, article or another piece of writing. While they are paid for their contribution, more often than not, they are not publicly acknowledged. The content is credited under somebody else’s name – if they are lucky enough, they might get listed as “assistant” or “researcher.”

Is ghostwriting plagiarism?

This is a difficult question; this great article on PlagiarismToday goes into it in depth. To summarize: it depends on the context and the readership’s expectations of authorship. For example, while it is widely accepted and known that celebrity books are not written by the stars themselves, college professors not crediting their students’ contributions accordingly are a different case entirely.

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