Finish Strong: End of the Year Writing Goals

NOTE: This was originally published Saturday (Aug 9) but due a site problem, it was lost. I re-posted it to keep myself accountable and because it’s an important post. Year end goals? What? It’s only August. Yep, seven months are already history (plus a week or so, in August). What do you want to accomplish before 2015? I’m sharing my goals, hoping that it will inspire you too. Did you set some goals at the

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Newsflash: Writers Work Conference

Hi Folks, I just found out that fellow writer, and tutor Tracy Sayre is organizing a writer’s conference in New York City. Tracy runs the HeSo Project Blog (Visit her blog to discover what HeSo is). Writer’s Work: A Conference for Emerging Authors If you can be in New York City on Saturday, September 20th, this is a great opportunity. The cost is an excellent price for a one-day conference that includes lunch with an

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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 is a great tool for writers and bloggers when used correctly. Another post I wrote, “Gaining Attention without Losing Ground,” was

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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 a while, 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

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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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