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Let’s be Serious for a Minute About Creative License…

Let's be Serious for a Minute About Creative License...

Creative license (also called artistic license) is most often associated with writing fiction and drama. In general terms, however, it describes the freedom any writer may take when handling factual material, which pretty much includes any work published.

As writers, the burden is on us to be educated and informed about the rules (and laws) that surround copyright. Saying, "Gee, I didn't know I couldn't copy his whole chapter verbatim" to an author (or a judge) will not keep any writer from having his hands seriously slapped (and worse) for plagiarism.   

As the Writer Success Coach, I transform writers into authors. Have you written a book or are about to? Do you have questions about the process of writing and publishing? Then your next step is to join the Book Writer Success Boot Camp and learn everything you need to know to get that book ready to publish. 

Today's blog is a combination of Video (Vlog) and written content. I hope you enjoy both!  

Video Blog Transcript

CaZ here, the Writer Success Coach. Back for Day 3 of Jessica Peterson’s Video Challenge. I’d like to be a bit serious for a moment, and talk about originality and creative work.

Did you know that the content of a book belongs to the author unless that author sells the copyright or gives permission to use the work? That’s why when we quote from a book, we include quotation marks and we give credit to the author. Those words in that format belong to the author as her creative property.

A book, a blog post, a recorded song, even this video is a creative work and protected by law against anyone taking the content and claiming it as their own.

It is acceptable to repurpose content. I want to be clear here. Repurpose does not mean retyping an author’s words and saving it in your own word file and putting your name on top as the writer. That’s not repurposing, that’s stealing. Can’t sugar coat it.

Repurpose means to absorb the message. Consume the words. Internalize how you responded to the message. You think about it and consider what you believe to be of value and true. And then you write your version. No two people will ever write the exact same book. And as long as you are using books and blogs and even social media posts as a resource to feed your own creativity, you’ll not be guilty of plagiarizing another’s work.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Have any of you had your creative work misappropriated?

Tips to Break Free of Writer’s Block

Tips to Break Free of Writer's Block

I believe that most writer's block is actually a good thing--except when it's pure procrastination. Writing requires that the writer be ready to express her thoughts and emotions. Even if what is being written is a report that most would consider boring, the writer still calls upon a creative process to clearly communicate the concepts and facts.  

As the Writer Success Coach, I transform writers into authors. Have you written a book or are about to? Then your next step is to join the Book Writer Success Boot Camp and learn everything you need to know to get that book ready to publish. 

Today's blog is a combination of Video (Vlog) and written content. I hope you enjoy both!  

Video Blog Transcript

CaZ here, the Writer Success Coach. Back for Day 2 of Jessica Peterson’s Video Challenge. Did you notice that it’s actually day 3? Yep! I missed a day!

What do you do when a day doesn’t go as planned?

What do you do when a project isn’t moving in the direction you want or as fast as you’d like?

When it’s a writing project that is stuck, we often say we have Writers Block

My authors often ask me how to break out of writers block; ask me how to get started again when the words are stuck.There are a number of tricks and techniques that I teach and that work. The most reliable trick is not a trick at all. It’s simply to give yourself permission to not write that particular subject at that moment.Instead, sit down and write about whatever comes into your head.

In most instances, writers block happens because you haven’t completed processing what you want to say. Free writing is a great way to change the focus.

Give it a try! In a surprisingly short time, you’ll find that you are in fact not blocked at all. 

Why Should You Publish Your Book?

Why Should You Publish Your Book?

Because it's your story and your story is important. Should everyone write a book? Perhaps not, however somewhere above 80% of adults say they WANT to write a book. 

So what's stopping you? Today it is easier than ever. As the Writer Success Coach, I transform writers into authors. So you've written a book or are about to? And you just don't know what the process is? Your next step is to join the Book Writer Success Boot Camp and learn everything you need to know to get that book ready to publish. 

Today's blog is a combination of Video (Vlog) and written content. I hope you enjoy both! The video was recorded as part of a challenge to deliver one video a day for seven days. I completed the challenge and it was great fun. Watch for the next six! Each was a little better than the last, I thought. 

Video Blog Transcript

I am coming to you today as part of a challenge. I have been challenged to record a video every day for a week.

Part of the rules say that I don’t have to publish the video, but I am going to publish. And that’s the message I have to share with you today.

Have you ever thought about writing a book? And maybe you wrote it but decided not to publish?

Well, my question to you is, why not? It’s your story and it’s important. You put in the effort, the tears, maybe even a laugh or two writing it.

So share it with the world. Get it published.Taking on a challenge and not finishing is not the worst thing that could happen.

But what a shame to write out your heart and never know the joy of seeing that work in print and even more, the joy of giving that book to your loved ones and saying,

"Here. This is who I am. An author."

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