What to do when you are overloaded with help

I’m not talking about help with the laundry or dishes. I’m all for lots of help with that stuff. LOLBitmoji Image Jean Cogdell doing housework

But, if like me, your inbox is flooded with helpful tips and suggestions intended to improve your writing skills, you may be experiencing information overload.overloaded with emails

Between family, friends (web and local), two WIP books, my blog and reading all of you wonderful writers and bloggers, I sometimes feel my life is roaring out of control, burning up like a meteor falling to earth. Meteor falling to earth

Thanks go to JORDAN PETERS for a terrific piece about avoiding information overload and get those blogs written.

Information Overload: Avoid It Like The Plague

For me, I sometimes need to step back and take a break. And try to remove the sheer panic I feel at never meeting my goals.

Bitmoji Image Jean Cogdell Life is hardSome days there is too much to do and too little time. I know, I know some of you-all are super organized. Wish I was. But alas, I’m not.

However, Jordan did help with a few suggestions on how to keep your blog going. Now if I could just figure out how to keep the rest of my life going in the right direction.

What I want to know is what overwhelms you?

Is it your job, house, family, blogging, emails or all of them?

For me, it is all!

Tell me, how do you balance everything?

How do you avoid burnout?

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How to strengthen your writing

By removing and replacing “distance verbs.”

We’ve all heard about too many adverbs, but another thing we need to watch for are verbs that put distance between the story and the reader.

Getting the reader to feel your character’s pain or joy is hard if you’ve used words that act as roadblocks.Words that block us

Want to know which words put distance between character and reader?

Click and read the article below by Amy Rose Davis. She gives us a word list and a fix to pull the reader closer.

STRENGTHEN YOUR PROSE: DISTANCING VERBS by Amy Rose Davis

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Who knew there were so many ways to describe eyebrows?

Writers, that’s who.Bitmoji LOLIn case you missed the post about 700 eyebrows…

700+ Ways to Describe Eyebrows: A Word List for Writers  

Get any tips for describing this?

pierced eyebrow

What did you come up with?

How would you describe this guy’s eyes?

Here is my try…

His overgrown eyebrows diminished his dark eyes. He would’ve benefited more from a bit of tweezing than the silver piercing lodged amid his bushy brow.

Now your turn. Leave your description in the comments section. Have fun.

To check out Kathy Steinemann’s Writer’s Lexicon, on her author page at Amazon.com 

 

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Do you read the fine print in a contract?

Publishing contracts are like all contracts in one specific way. A publishing contract also has fine print. And what is not in the contract can be as important as what is.

For instance, did you know…

Unless stated otherwise, a contract can stay in force for 70 years after your death?

Make sure you understand what you are signing. Pull out those reading glasses and read each, and every, line. And don’t be shy about asking questions. Information is empowering. So garner all the info you can before signing on the dotted line.

Signature on contract

Fingers crossed that one day I’ll have this problem. Ha Ha.

Anyhow, back to the subject at hand.

I’ve stumbled across a very informative article and wanted to share. So head over to Read Between the Lines by  in Blogs.

Remember…

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.

Did you know about the 70-year thing?

Have you signed a publishing contract yet? What was your experience? 

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