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When I graduated from university in April, I was so ready to be done with school. I think we can all agree that 5 years of over-caffeinated research sessions, all-nighters finishing papers, and getting stuck behind those slow AF assholes taking up the entire sidewalk and blowing their smoke in your face is plenty.

But I do miss a few things.

Like being in an environment that fosters learning and thoughtful conversation.

I love learning new things. I lived for those late night moments when an article I was reading for class blew my freaking mind. I’d often excitedly smack Joe at half past midnight saying, “oh my god listen to this.” #SorryNotSorry

The beautiful thing about the internet is there is nothing stopping me from continuing to learn on my own. But it just isn’t the same, you know? The combination of being surrounded by brilliant people and being terrified of disappointing my professors really motivated me to get shit done. But it can be hard to continue learning once you’ve left that space. There is no external motivation. It’s just you and your computer, and no one is going to ask you to see them after class if you spend your night on Twitter instead of reading about eco-criticism literary theories.

I also miss working with writers.

I was lucky enough to work as a writing consultant for 4 years in one of the most respected university writing centers in the country. I loved that job. I loved helping writers turn their ideas into paragraphs. I loved watching them grab a pen and start scribbling out their plan because something in their brain just clicked and they finally knew exactly what they wanted to say.

There a few things I enjoy more than helping people tell their stories. And few things motivate me to work on my own writing projects than listening to other writers talk about theirs.

So I have a question.

How many of you miss learning?

I’m not talking about Googling how to make chicken cacciatore or desperately searching IMdB to figure out what the hell you recognize that actress from. I’m talking about learning information that changes the way you look at the world and skills that have the power to change your life.

I promise you with all my heart that writing is one of those skills.

I bet many of you have a story inside you dying to come out, but maybe you aren’t exactly sure how to turn it into words. Maybe you feel like a lack of writing skills are holding you back professionally. Or, maybe you just want to improve your blog writing.

Tons of students leave school without becoming a confident writer, but it is never too late to develop killer writing skills. And I want nothing more than to help you do just that.

But first, I need you to tell me how.

I don’t want to be one of those people who just shouts tips into the wind and hopes they stick. I want to give you the help, advice, and tools that you are actually looking for. So do me a favor? Tell me what those are.

And because I really seriously want to know how to help you as best I can, I’m even going to throw in some giveaway action. Because what writer can resist the chance to win a free book? International entries welcome!

To enter to win just leave a comment on this post telling me what writing questions or struggles you have, what you wish you knew, what road blocks your hitting. If it is writing help related- I want to hear it.

Want to make sure you get all my best writing tips, tricks, and resources and get a few extra entries to boot? Then sign up for my newsletter! Bonus points: you will also get my free crash-course on mastering that ever elusive ‘show don’t tell’ thing everyone keeps talking about.

I will never spam your account- you’ll only hear from me when I have something worth sharing. If you are serious about becoming a better writer, you want this newsletter in your mailbox.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway. And hey, while you’re commenting about your writing woes, why not also tell me what book you’d love me to send you?

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Write on and best of luck!

XOXO

 

 

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  • I don’t see the giveaway widget…

    • Katie Conigliaro

      Thank you for letting me know! Seems my blog and Rafflecopter were fighting but I believe I’ve got it worked out!

      • Michelle Turner

        The widget didn’t show up for me on Chrome but I was able to use it on IE 🙂

        • Katie Conigliaro

          That’s so weird! I use chrome and it shows up fine. How strange, sorry about that! Glad you got it to work!

  • I want to know more about how to write authentically while still coming across as trustworthy and professional online.

    • Katie Conigliaro

      Ooh this is such a great question! I’ll definitely work on addressing this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Michelle Turner

    I love to write both on my blog and dabbling in fiction. I really would love to get better at setting long term goals more specific than “write more.”

    • Katie Conigliaro

      This is such an excellent point to bring up! Will definitely be writing about this! Thanks for commenting!

  • Keila Nicole

    Thank you for this post! Lately, after doing a soft launch of my personal blog, my confidence has gone way down. I quit my jobs to focus on writing, and now I don’t feel like writing because I feel as if so many women are blogging and doing a way better job at it than I am. Like, what makes me worthy? Idk.

    But aside from all of that, thank you for writing this. Thank you for extending your help and your wisdom to lil ol writers like me, because I need writers like you. So again, thank you. I look forward to reading more!

    <3 K
    http://www.itspronouncedkayla.com

    • Katie Conigliaro

      Thanks so much for your kind comment! In the rush of the internet age it can be so overwhelming and easy to feel like everyone is doing better than you. I feel like this a lot. I’ll definitely work out a few posts addressing this!

      In the mean time, I have written one in the past that you might find helpful: http://katsyxo.com/2015/11/18/how-to-overcome-self-doubt-writers-edition/

  • Alecia K

    Whenever I write I always end up stuck on a paragraph/sentence/word and I get so frustrated because the next part of the story just doesn’t come to me so I’d like to know some tips to overcoming this obstacle. Most of the time it’s not that I don’t know what will happen next but how I put it into words, GOOD words.

    • Katie Conigliaro

      Isn’t this the worst? I don’t think I’ve met a writer yet who doesn’t struggle with this. Definitely adding this to my list. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Megan S.

    Wonderful post! Okay, my question: how do you battle frustration and the feeling that your writing just isn’t good enough? <3

    • Katie Conigliaro

      Such a great question. This can be so hard, especially when it is so easy to compare your work to things you read. I’ll definitely make a point to address this. Thanks so much for sharing!

      In the mean time, I have written about this a bit previously. There is so much more that can be said and I’ll work on writing about it more in the future, but this might help you a bit for now! http://katsyxo.com/2015/11/18/how-to-overcome-self-doubt-writers-edition/

  • Debbie

    What a great idea for a post and so kind of you to want to help those who struggle with their writing. One frustration I have when writing is I always lack the motivation to write after struggling to find inspiration and I can’t get out of it! Anby tipe would be great!!

  • Ashfa_Anwer

    How do you deal with writers block? How do you find inspiration to overcome them?

  • fatma shahin

    How to deal with criticism!

  • Yay! Permission to annoy you with my writing questions. How do we go about creating the sort of conflict that’s necessary for our stories? Some ppl have suggested, “what’s the worst that can happen? Write it out and see what happens.” But I’m at a point where I can’t think about what’s the worst that can happen (at least I don’t think so).
    Are you working on any writing projects, Katie?

  • I’d love to know how best to market my writing. I blog, I’ve written an ebook, but I need more readers! 😛

  • I would like to know how to make ther people around you understand that when you’re writing, you actually do work and it is important for you to have your piece and concentration.
    I feel like ppl often feel like writing is not a serious job or activity, and that when you’re writing they can interrupt you whenever they like it bc in their eyes, writing is just something to do to pass you time or something.

  • Marjorie Mallon

    I’d like some advice on the pros and cons of 1st person and third person writing. Oh and anything about plot. I’m a terrible plotter.

  • I want to know how to stick with it. I’d love to know how you stick with it day in and day out. Perhaps even a writer’s circle!

  • Bube

    How simply to put away my block when I need to write?
    Thank you 🙂

  • Kami C.

    How to come up with a plot of your own.

  • How do you flesh out characters? A lot of novel self-help involves character charts, and I have trouble describing people I know IRL, let alone people I’m making up. I tend to just let them flesh themselves out in stories, but is that a bad way to go about it?

  • How to balance writing with life. As in, when do I find time?
    Dianna

  • I’d love to know where to even start! I have this dream of writing a book one day, but a journal and a blog are as far as I’ve gotten.

  • I have started about 4 books but I always seem to lose steam halfway through and when I reread it I feel as though it’s actually not that good so I start another :/