Writing Process Blog Hop

I’m doing something a tad unusual. I’m excited to participate in the Writing Process Blog Hop. I don’t do blog awards, but this is different. I introduce the writer who invited me. I answer 4 writing questions. Introduce 2 or 3 other writers. This fits with my blog’s purpose to encourage writing and writers. It also interested me because there were no rigid rules as to when I had to fit my post in either.

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Important Twitter Advice a Little Birdie Told Me

Not all writers excel at crafting tweets. Before my first tweet, I studied various articles about Twitter. Some had advanced techniques. Others covered Twitter basics. But I learned many key strategies hands-on. The wisdom I gained by doing so will help you with efficiency and with annoying fewer people. I’ll assume you know some basics. Twitter can be a great tool for writers and bloggers when used correctly. Another post I wrote, “Gaining Attention without

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 New Post Coming Monday: “Twitter Advice A Little Birdie Told Me”

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How I Moved this Writing Blog Without Anxiety

I’d considered hosting my site for awhile, but fear gripped me.   Move my writing blog to a new self-hosted domain? By myself? Talk about anxiety; that was it for me. I moved past that fear to a blog that is smarter and cleaner than before. Some folks have asked, “How did you do it?” This is my story…to the best of my recollection. This blog started as a free blog at WordPress.com. I had been there for

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Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired; Terrible for Decisions – Excellent for Writing

I once heard a dynamic speaker teach on making significant decisions. He told us all to remember the word “halt”. Halt is an acronym for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. This leader said if you’re feeling any of those emotions strongly, then put off (halt) the decision. One or more of those strong emotions can skew your judgment and you’re likely to make an unwise decision.  It’s great advice – for making decisions. So, what

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The Nature of Steam – Writing Even When Everything Slows Down

I find steam-powered locomotives fascinating. These older trains take a lot to get them moving, but once they’re going it’s actually harder to stop them than it is to keep them chugging along. Picture those giant brakes and how much distance it takes for them to stop. I wondered after the last month, and my last post’s difficult subject, how the next one would go. I settled on sharing a few things I’ve been “up

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What to Do on Dark Days When Words Do Not Come

If you have followed my blog on writing, you know that I’ve shared a few personal things here. You may also know that I write often about creativity. I don’t believe in writer’s block; I don’t even use the term. I’ve experienced being stuck. But being a creative person, I also believe that, in most cases, I am the most experienced person to get myself unstuck. I’ve never been stuck for too long: Until recently. But

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Rejection Revisited (Part 2)

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, a rejection slip is: a printed slip enclosed with a rejected manuscript returned by an editor to an author. Most times I agree with Merriam-Webster. It’s my preferred dictionary; but in this case, they are not up to date. They obviously don’t know that rejections are done ten times more efficiently today by email. Since rejection is something we all deal with at times, I enlisted four writers and asked

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Rejection Revisited (Part 1)

Is it true you learn more from your failures than your successes? What can we learn from difficult times? Can rejection solidify your commitment to your goals? Everyone identifies with failure, hard times, and rejection. I may have inherently realized how tangible they are, but I understood it more when I wrote about rejection last year in a post titled, “Receiving and Rising above Rejection.” That post was shared, re-blogged, and linked to, more than

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How Smart Does a Writer Have to Be?

Do you ever wonder if you have the brilliance to be a writer? Or look at the elitist literature types and think you’re not refined enough? Is there only one chance to make a good impression? Let me give you some hope and some help. Some help by saving you a few steps. Some hope by sharing with you some of the silly mistakes I’ve made…and why they don’t matter that much. First, I attempted

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"A writer looks at a screen or piece of paper like a canvas. They see a country unexplored, a picture unpainted, a tale not told. They dare to venture into the barren land, explore its dark corners, and paint its pictures. Then they unveil the epic with the goal of compelling people to visit their newly discovered territory.”
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