Writing Advice Red Flags

No. 105: Writing Advice Red Flags

No. 105 – tl;dr – Spot bad writing advice, things they don’t tell you, making story structure your own, preventing brain fog, a year without social media, reasons to exercise, the full-time job, author branding, marketing mindsets.


If you’re a new writer, it can take a while to tell the difference between helpful (”good”) writing advice and unhelpful (”bad”) writing advice.

How to Spot Bad Writing Advice: 6 Red Flags to Look For

Red Flag #1: Hard-and-Fast Rules

Red Flag #2: “Because I Said So”

Red Flag #3: Ginormous Ego or Attitude

Red Flag #4: No Examples

Red Flag #5: Sales-y

Red Flag #6: Inexperienced

The Things They Don’t Tell You About Writing

The writer’s life is full of joys and infuriating moments. But there’s a lot people don’t tend to realize about it…The Things They Don’t Tell You About Writing

Making Story Structure Your Own

The only right way for you to write a story is your way. Making Story Structure Your Own

What is Brain Fog and 5 Ways to Prevent It


Learn what brain fog is, what brain fog’s symptoms are, and five ways you can prevent it.

A Year Without Social Media

Social media can be a major source of unwanted distraction. How I went A Year Without Social Media as a Freelance Writer…


Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly

You’ve been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it’s true—but it’s good for a lot more than just losing weight or building muscle. Here are ten good reasons to get up and moving…

  1. Be Happier
  2. Live longer
  3. Stronger immune system
  4. Better sex
  5. More energy
  6. Sleep better
  7. De-stress
  8. Boost confidence
  9. Improve posture
  10. Improve your memory

The Writer and the Full-Time Job

It seems that the world we live in is designed to keep us firmly living life swinging between the polarities of ‘work’ and ‘life’. Do you struggle with the idea of what it means to be a productive writer who also manages family and work? The Writer and the Full-Time Job…


Why Branding Confuses You and How To Fix That Right Now


What author branding is and what it’s not isn’t clear to most writers. It’s not that complicated! Break it all down with specific examples here.

Five Steps to Rethink Your Marketing Mindset

If you have resistance to the idea of promoting your books (and, by extension, yourself) here are five steps you can take to rethink your marketing mindset, start feeling good about what you’re doing, and find success with greater ease.

1. Write down ALL your thoughts about marketing.

2. Question your thoughts

3. Tally the cost of your negative beliefs

4. Think some “on purpose” thoughts 

5. Practice your new thoughts


That’s it for this week’s edition of Writer Wednesday. Until next time, Happy Writing!

“Find your voice, and inspire others to find theirs.”

~ Stephen Covey

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