Kari

Kari

Kari is a full-time content manager, editor and in-house blogger at Men With Pens. In her spare time, she writes fiction and is working on her first novel.

How to Kill the Inner Critic Inside Your Mind

Inner critics. Almost all writers have one: that insidious little voice in our mind whispering words of doubt into our mental ear. Inner critics stop us from making a fool of ourselves. Stop us from taking risks. Stop us from learning. From being more than we are right now. From having fun. Your inner critic is a master manipulator that holds you back. Don’t you think it’s time to fight it?

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The 5 Secrets of Successful Writers

Some writers think that success occurs in a magical moment when the stars and planets align. But waiting for Fate to tap your shoulder as the lucky one places your chances of writing success in the hands of strangers. You can build your own success as a writer without waiting for Fate to come calling. You don’t have to just hope to be “discovered” by a major blog or a publisher. You don’t have to wait for destiny to align your stars. Just follow these 5 steps, and writing success is in the palm of

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4 Reasons You Procrastinate and How to Break the Cycle

It’s the night before I have to submit an article. I’m typing away as fast as I can in my “hunt and peck” finger style just to hit the deadline. Or it’s the night before that report is due. The one I’ve known about for, at least, two weeks. And, again, here I am, working my fingers to the bone, exhausted because I’ve stayed up far too long. Why do I do this to myself? When I put things off, I know I never do my best work. And while I may appease my client

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Why You Should Join a Critique Group

Six years ago, I moved across the United States, from West Virginia to Colorado. I didn’t know anyone except my husband. And I was lonely for my friends back east. I needed to find a way to connect with new people – preferably ones who cared about the same interests I did. I found a critique group for fiction authors. That critique group turned out to be exactly what I needed… and then some. Writers typically have a love-hate relationship to having their work critiqued. But if you’re looking to improve your writing skills, or

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My Top 3 Fiction Writing Books and Why You Should Read Them

[A note from James: "Wait - what?! Fiction?! On a blog for businesspeople?" You bet. In many interviews, I've mentioned that learning how to write fiction can definitely boost your copywriting skills - the two skill sets cross over more than you'd think. So when Kari pitched me the idea for this post, I was all for it. You don't need to go off and write a novel, but you should definitely pick up one of these books to learn better writing skills that help you sell. Take it away, Kari...] As a fiction writer,

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Why You Should Get Serious About Your Writing Schedule

I’m not a self-schedule-oriented person. It’s far easier to stick to someone else’s schedule than your own. Self-discipline can be HARD. So when James told me that I need a daily writing schedule, I balked. I don’t want a schedule! I can’t guarantee where I’ll be at any single time. What if something else comes up? What if my child is home sick from school one day and I can’t write at my scheduled time? What if I’m not inspired at that time but get inspired later on? Every excuse imaginable went through my head.

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The Art of Procrastination and How to Use it to Your Advantage

Sure, I’ll admit it: I procrastinate. Not just a little; I’m a devoted procrastinator and I put everything off until the very last minute possible. Just ask my husband. And I’m not necessarily looking to cure my procrastination. But yeah, it causes me problems from time to time. The thing is that it’s something I do naturally. Without even thinking about it.  And I’ve always wondered if there was a way to use my procrastination talents to my distinct advantage. Apparently there is.

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A Writer’s Guide to What to Do After NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo), and a large number of people worked hard throughout the month to write a novel – or 50,000 words – in 30 days or less. You read that right: An entire novel in less than 30 days. Everyone has their own opinion of NaNoWriMo, be it good or bad. But opinions aside, every year thousands of people join in and a good number of them reach that goal. But what happens when it’s all over? What do you do come December? You keep writing. You

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