The importance of personal connections

Inspirational, Writing
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ― Jim Rohn Writing may primarily be a solitary endeavor, but it's still important to have some kind of community supporting you. Staying connected to other writers is comforting and having a solid writer community supporting you means you will always find a way to push past writer's block. Even more important than forming friendships with other writers is choosing to surround yourself with people who are dedicated to becoming successful and living their dreams, people who focus on moving forward every single day. I've done this by going to an arts school with a heavy focus on business. Being around such talented, driven minds has inspired me to push myself harder than I ever have…
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The Writer’s Poison

Guest Post, Inspirational, Writing
Today's post is a guest post written by one Joelle Fraser. Please give her a warm welcome. Last month, I became a published author for the second time. You’d think I’d feel successful, wouldn’t you? I have two books with prestigious houses, both of which received excellent national reviews; I’ve been anthologized and gotten awards, been flown by Random House on book tours and chauffeured around by media escorts, been interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air. And yet, like every other writer in the world, I can name a thousand others who’ve achieved more. Much, much more—whether it’s money, fame, acclaim, awards, or a combination thereof, there’s always someone who leaves you in the dust. Success, I learned with my first book, The Territory of Men, is a moving target that…
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