What is holding you back?

by Rich Nilsen,

what's holding you back?Aspiring writers, what is holding you back from meeting your goals as an author? That is not only the question of the day, it is the critical question for all writers who are simply not getting the job done. Why isn’t that manuscript you always wanted to write finished by now? Why haven’t you started on that great idea for a book?

Possible obstacles may include:

  • Lack of confidence
  • Failure to get started
  • Wasting time on social networks
  • Watching television
  • [Insert your own obstacle here]

Before you do anything else today, stop and think. Just what is it that is weighing you down as an author? You know what it is, so address the issue. In an overwhelming majority of cases, the solution is going to be fairly simple: do the opposite, gain valuable time as a result…and then get started writing.

A Writers’ Bill of Rights?

Earlier this week the Writers’ Union of Canada released “A Writer’s Bill of Rights for the Digital Age.” The 12-point document addresses concerns and challenges writers face due to the changing publishing landscape, as the industry transitions from a traditional to digital model.

Demands include that “the publisher shall split the net proceeds of ebook sales equally with the author” and that “when a book is out of print in print form, continuing sales in electronic form shall not prevent a rights reversion to the author.” Author Greg Hollingshead, chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, answered some questions about the bill of rights… READ MORE