Thoughts – Page 2 – Ryan M. Williams

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Revitalize Your Writing Career

It’s Never Too Late to Revitalize Your Writing Career

A decade after I decided I needed to "get serious" about my writing career. I already had a master's degree in writing popular fiction and had been writing since I was a teenager. I'd managed to get a

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Vacation

Vacation Reflections

Last week didn't go as I had planned. I took a vacation to head down to Lincoln City, Oregon, for a writing workshop on writing fantasy. I've done several of these workshops taught by Kristine Kathryn

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Man jumping between rocks taking risks

Taking Risks With Confidence

Taking risks makes our hearts beat faster. Doing something risky leaves you vulnerable to rejection, disappointment, or failure. Writers face this fear all the time. We might love writing and have fun

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Writing Depression

Writing Through Depression

Writing and depression both factor into my life. For the longest time, I didn't know that I suffered from depression and anxiety. It showed in many ways, the worst that I presented a positive face in public

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Sell Direct

Why Sell Direct to Readers?

I'm setting up my site so that I can sell direct to readers. I still plan to offer my books through the major retailers. Selling direct offers many advantages for both authors and readers. I'd planned

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Anthology Workshop Ocean

Reflections on the Anthology Workshop 2018

I just spent over a week on the Oregon coast attending the 2018 Anthology Workshop run by WMG Publishing's Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Allyson Longueira. The other editors this year

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A Writer’s Introduction to Life Rolls

The view out my window shows gently falling snow and frosted fir trees. Pretty, so long as I'm sitting here looking out the window. Less so when I head out later to pick up my sick dog from the vet. What

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Eggs with Amazon logo illustration cash streams

Amazon Has All Your Eggs: Diversifying Cash Streams

I didn't think about cash streams when I started writing. My basic understanding was that I'd write something, send it out, and I'd either get paid for it or not. Of course, this was back before the Web

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Tortoise shell pattern

Self-Publish Like A (Badass) Tortoise

Take a lesson from the tortoise in your self-publishing career and focus on achievable steps.

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Eyes

5 Reason Your Novel Doesn’t Matter—And Why That Is a Good Thing!

Fear is a serial killer. Creativity, productivity, confidence—fear kills them all. And writers often fear many things. Rejection tops many lists in its various guises. We might rework a story or novel

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