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Never Mistake Motion for Action – Decoding Ernest

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Never mistake motion for action

These are popular words spoken by an artist that some people like to consider famous. Ernest Hemingway dropped numerous lines that shape the way authors and writers mold words, but for some reason the motion vs. action quote grabbed my attention.

What does that mean exactly? I heard it from my football coach all the time in high school, but no one really defined what walking through the motions really means.

Is It Any Good At All?

Will Smith talks about how his father made him and his brother work over a year to rebuild a brick wall. He learned that you don’t start by saying, “I’m going to build the biggest, baddest wall.” You learn how to place one perfect brick everyday and eventually you have a wall.

I think this is where people get confused with the motion vs. action situation. It seems natural to dream about the huge successes that we want down the road, but then someone tells us we need to take it one day at a time. The only problem with this is most people aren’t thinking like Will Smith, in that they have their priorities aligned.
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Word Count or Time Goal? Which Gets More Writing Done?

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A day in the life of a writer requires discipline and a constant battle with distractions and personal demons that tell you your writing isn't worth squat. I wake up in the morning, pry myself out of bed and sulk around thinking that a bowl of … [Continue reading]

A Day in the Life of a Writer: Temptations Throughout

a day in the life of a writer

As a fulltime freelance writer, I crave a morning where I sit down and have no distractions. The email inbox is empty, my energy level is high enough so I don't need to run around or chug a cup of tea, and the internet decides not to produce anything … [Continue reading]

Gracefully Losing Your Job or Big Freelance Clients

losing your job or freelance clients

I'm a product of a lost job. I walked home from work one day, told my roommate I might have trouble paying the rent and figured out a way to squeeze my way back into my parents' home after just a few years out of college. I knew I had to pick myself … [Continue reading]

My Favorite Writing Apps for iPhone and Android

Writing Apps for iPhone and Android

I have an iPhone, but prior to my switch I was a hardcore Android nut who loved to talk poorly about Apple products to my sister, a Steve Jobs worshiper. That said, there are plenty of writing apps for iPhone and Android that allow me to compile … [Continue reading]

How to Write a Book With Key Scrivener Tips and Tricks

How to Write a Book With Scrivener Tips and Tricks

Scrivener is one of the many writing tools I recommend in my Tools of the Trade section. We've learned about how and why you should put together an email list, how to market your works through RSS feeds and how you don't need inspiration to write … [Continue reading]

Immutable Marketing Laws for Writers

Immutable Marketing Laws for Writers

I watched a video with Tim Ferriss the other day, in an attempt to find some quality sourcing advice for a new product I'm entertaining in my head. Tim Ferriss wrote the Four Hour Work Week, along with several other books. He's an excellent … [Continue reading]

The Best Writers are Actors at Heart

Best Writers are Actors

Jon Favreau recently stated in an interview that he didn't have to learn much about cooking for his film Chef because he loves cooking in real life. However, for the Iron Man movies he needed to read books filled with technical jargon for guns and … [Continue reading]

An Experienced Editor Shows How to Avoid Common Editing Notes

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Photo Credit: Sebastien Wiertz Guest Post Note: Shayla is an editor and writer for Curiouser Editing. She publishes a grammar magazine each month entitled Curiouser Magazine. You can keep up with her grammar tips, funny pictures, and book reviews … [Continue reading]

What Comcast Taught Me About Distractions

What Comcast Taught Me About Distractions

Distractions. Distractions. Distractions. The World Cup is a big one for me right now. It's usually a combination of Facebook and a TBS marathon. I don't include books as distractions, because those help improve my writing. The horror of true … [Continue reading]