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Have You Completely Missed Out on Valuable Writing Assignments?

Is it possible? You’ve submitted to everyplace everywhere. Is there a missing page in those writing books? Did that writing seminar leave something out?  Seminars, reading, submitting and even self-publishing are ways to success, and partial definitions of it. But, they’re not the only ones.

Why not give yourself a writing assignment? But that’s not how it works, right? It might surprise you; this is the path some renowned writers have taken.

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Who Are You Writing For? (And Why it Matters)

I’ve heard, “Just write what you want. Your readers will find you.”

My response, “Balderdash!” I’ll explain.

I wrote this with you in mind. I considered my word choice, the sentence cadence and the emotions you’d feel. Not because it’s marketable or because some guru said so, but because I believe that’s what purposeful writing is.

Are you still with me? Writing does have personal cathartic value, but that’s not why I write.

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Passionately and Purposely Pushing Forward

I didn’t post last month. I often publish sparingly in December because internet (and interstate) traffic is slow. This year something remarkable and unexpected happened. A pile o’ people found Writing in Color and signed up during December. Welcome. I trust you’ve already found value in the site. I look forward to hearing from new creative folks with varied experiences and ideas. Don’t be shy!

If you’ve just signed up to receive updates,

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Writing in Color’s Creative Quote Challenge

Writing - ledes - quoteOn Saturday, I wrote about productivity and creativity, and about how they can work together. Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a creativity break. New research says it can even make you more productive! Have you tried it this week?

I also presented a challenge. It was a list of 15 inspirational quotes and a list of the people who said them in incorrect order. The challenge was to put them in order.

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Where Do Creativity and Productivity Meet?

Creativity isn’t as mysterious as you think.

But it is a challenge.

Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

And yet, our fast-paced, career-minded, society has largely abandoned creative play.

Many companies have removed games from work computers and blocked interactive websites. But by grasping work too tightly have we lost the productivity that we seek? Albert Einstein believed creative fun was related to learning, effectiveness,

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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.

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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.

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Free Gif/Quote: Anton Chekhov

Moon Picture/Quote: "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." Anton Checkhov
 New Post Coming Monday:
“Twitter Advice A Little Birdie Told Me”

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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 to” in my “down time.” Yes,

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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.

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