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Do You Know When to Delete Your Hard Work?

You know that feeling.

You’ve been writing for an hour and you’re not sure if any of it is usable. Each word you write feels like you’re swimming in spaghetti. Every time you pound the keys, the grip around your gut gets tighter. How do you know when to highlight the text, hover over the delete key and punch it?Writing-Enter Button-When to delete your article

If any of the following scenarios apply it might be time.

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A Tribute to People

A couple of months ago I wrote a post titled, For the Love of Words. Today, I want to apologize. Oh, not for the post. It’s an expressive piece on word power. It received good feedback. But, I have recently discussed the current news, including some cases of bullying, with a few different people. I mentioned that previous post and said that Mechanical-Pencil holding tipperhaps we needed to better teach responsibility for the power of our words and actions.

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Need Writing Inspiration? Try an Out of Body Experience

Wait. Hear me out. I’m not advocating some ancient form of writing meditation. I’m not advising a trip to the Far East, nor Middle Earth. In my quest to keep my imagination well-oiled, I’ve discovered an additional method for getting started when my grey matter is stalled.

In the movie “Finding Forrester”, Jamal (Rob Brown) is encouraged to begin by typing a piece written by William Forrester (Sean Connery) and to start writing when his own words come to him.

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Your Submission Questions Answered (Part 1)

As promised, this is the first post where I’ll respond to your submission questions. My experience comes from trial and error, study, conferences and conversations.

This week I will tackle the submission questions I’ve received and next week I’ll cover questions about contests. This is the plan. However, I am open to changing it. If your question has not been answered, please ask.

Now, drumroll please…

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1) What are some sources I can use to create an effective cover letter for my pitch?

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Will You Submit a Question About Submissions?

Recently, I’ve received questions about the submission process for short stories and articles. I’d like to do some posts about the chances I’ve taken, some of the missteps I’ve made and the successes I’ve had.

writing - question - emoticonThere are some writers who have more experience and I may point you to some of them. But there isn’t anyone who has had my experiences; unless they’re in some weird parallel universe. If so,

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Daddy, Where Do Words Come From?

There is debate on the evolution of man, but there is no doubt that words do evolve over time. I have on my desk a word origin tear-off calendar. It was a gift from my wife. Where words come from sometimes fascinates me as much as the words themselves.Writing - Magifying glass-where words come from

The twenty-dollar word for studying word origin is etymology. The etymology of a word is not necessarily its original definition but rather how the word came to common use,

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Spinning Your Wheels? Pull in for a Creative Pit Stop

It’s true, I’ve written about how to write more using slow-cooker creativity and how to spark writing ideas while watching television. I’ve talked about finding great writing ideas before trashing your newspapers, and about writing great openings phrases. I also referred to a post I wrote awhile back, 2 keys to unlimited ideas.

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A Journal Entry – Victory Dance

One of my stated purposes of this blog is to share the ups and down of writing. So go ahead and peek over my shoulder as I write a journal entry…

Recently I’ve had some victories. I believe, in the coming weeks, I’ll have more. In what form did they come? A few weeks back, I sold an article on reducing stress. I sold an article online this week.

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Gaining Attention without Losing Ground…A Few Thoughts

You have heard the phrase, “pay attention.” You may have even joked, “I can’t afford to pay attention.” I heard these words this week in a different context and it made me stop and think. This is the way it read:

“You can pay for attention, or you can earn it.”Writing - money - attention

Whoa. Let that sink in.

You can hire the big guns and the fancy pants to put your name up in lights,

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7 Things We Can Learn From Dead Writers

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little help from an experienced writer. It is great to have a mentor, but can we learn anything from those who lived 50, 100, or 200 years ago? Walk with me through history. The following nuggets of wisdom cover the gamut. Some are funny, some are serious, and all of them are right on target.

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”  Mark Twain (Author 1835 – 1910) (Click to Tweet this) 

Mark Twain was on to something here. 

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