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Monday, June 30, 2014

Motivating Monday

What motivates you as a writer? Is it the people you come in contact with each day, or the lessons life teach you? or maybe it's the beauty of nature- the flowers in bloom or the rustling of the wind through the trees.

We are all motivated by something. What we choose to do with the motivation is the difference between the true writer and the procrastinator. Find your rhythm, don't be afraid to tap into it and move with it, just don't hear it and ignore it. Write, write and then write some more. Before you know it, you will have a page, before long, you will have a chapter, and if you really listen to the rhythm, you will have a book.

You never know what your words will do for someone who is just waiting to read them. Who knows, it could change a life.

What are you waiting for?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

What are you afraid of?

As I continue to meet people on this writing journey, there are many who have great stories, great story ideas, but are afraid to move forward in the venture. So I ask the question, "What are you afraid of?"

We all have some degree of fear, that's part of being human I think but is it holding you back from success? As writers I believe we have to stop and assess ourselves from time to time on our progress. Does it do anyone any good if you have all these manuscripts and no one ever reads them?

You have to tell yourself daily that you have a voice and it matters. That's part of an affirmation we use in our monthly meetings. It is hard to be vulnerable to the world,or your audience, but sometimes we have to look fear in the face and in spite of it continue to persevere.

Four things to practice to overcome your fear of success in writing:

  1.  Define it - Give it a name. Is it lack of self-esteem, fear of failure, self sabotage, etc. You can't deal with it if you don't know what it is.
  2. Set a goal each day. Just one to start, then as you accomplish the goal add to it. You will eventually reach the ultimate goal.
  3. Join a group of writers - You will get the support and encouragement you need to succeed.
  4. Celebrate the Accomplishment- Whether it is completing your book, getting it edited, or even getting it published, you have overcome the thing that was holding you back to succeed.
We have to remember no man is an island. The more support you have on this journey, the more likely you are to succeed. At least once a year invest in yourself financially by attending a conference. You will get to see the fullness of it all when you do. It will encourage to dream bigger, be encouraged by others stories and their accomplishments.

The 2014 Queen City Writers Group's annual conference is scheduled for October 16th -18th. What better way to allay the fear than to get connected with a great group of writers.

What are you afraid of?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Are you writing everyday?

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
- Jane Yolen

Will you support a Cause?

In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed among US women. While the numbers are startling the survival rate continues to rise with early detection and treatment.

One part of our focus for the 2014 Annual Conference is to spotlight survivors of this terrible disease. On Friday afternoon we will host a session to hear the stories of brave women who have overcome and are willing to share. We all know the importance of keeping a  journal of our experiences for our personal healing, but to share these experiences with the world could be so beneficial to others.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month we ask that you support us in our efforts to help in the fight to continue to bring Awareness, help those in financial need, get information about prevention and learn the importance of self-examination.

If you or someone you know have been affected by Breast Cancer and would like to get involved in this event either through volunteering or donating we welcome your participation. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Are you a writer?

It seems everyone is a writer nowadays. That could be a good thing, because we all have stories to tell. Most people make the mistake of writing, self publishing and then learn the craft of writing, only to find out so many things they did wrong.

We all make mistakes. Mistakes are nothing more than an opportunity to learn and grow. The lesson from them is to do exactly that - learn and grow! Are you growing as a writer? Are you learning the craft?

The 2014 Queen City Writers Group Annual Conference could be a great place to start. Join fellow writers as they learn how to take their writing to the next level, through social media, pitching a book idea, how to write a book proposal, and more!

The Conference is power packed, affordable and waiting for you! Will you come?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Why Attend the 2014 Queen City Writers Group Conference?

Charlotte is the place to be this fall. The 2014 Annual conference is power packed and full of fun, excitement and more. 

If you are a writer looking to advance your career or just wanting to know more about the field of writing, then spend October 16th-18th with us at the Hilton Executive Park.

The highlight of this year's conference is our Keynote Speakers:  Robert Inman, Francene Marie, Cathy Pickens and Torry Martin.

We also will have the following:
  1. Interactive workshops
  2. Evening Bonus Features
  3. Dinner and Awards Banquet
  4. Breast Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser
And so much more!

Our early bird registration is going on now for $99.00.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

2014 Queen City Writers Group Annual Conference

Please Note:

If you received an email, post or any other form of communication that the 2014 Conference has been cancelled, Please disregard it.  The conference is on and moving forward with great anticipation.

We apologize for any confusion and look forward to seeing you at the Conference!