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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,

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Why Creative People Need to be Organized (Part 1)

Is organization the enemy of creativity? Is it true that analytical people excel at order and creative people don’t? Maybe; but there are several important reasons why you might need to learn some techniques for “getting it together” and even remembering where you put “it” afterwards.

1. Keep more of your moneyFree- Writing- Free or Not

Now that I have your attention, let me ask a few questions. Have you ever repurchased something you lost,

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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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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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Grand Openings: Writing Article Ledes that Draw Attention

Lede: the introductory section of a news story that is intended to entice the reader to read the full story (circa 1976) Merriam-WebsterWriitng-Firework-types of article ledes

Grand opening: a term used when a business announces their official opening. Grand openings convince people to stop in and participate. Often A Grand opening sometimes includes food, music, prizes, balloons, signs, or even fireworks.

In writing you use different devices,

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Things Your Inner-Editor Needs to Hear You Say

You know your inner-editor.

He or she interrupts your creativity to tell you that you’ve misplaced a comma, or that you’ve used the wrong version of the word two. At the rigWriting-Computers-and coffeeht time, your inner-editor can enhance your writing. But sometimes you need to have a few words with that persistent punctuation pesterer and send them out for a latte so that you can get some work done.

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Can You Really Trust the Magazine Editor?

I founded and led a writer’s group for several years. One of the questions that came up often was:

“Can I trust the editor of the magazine with my story or idea?”

Some members seemed to think they would not be paid if compensation was offered or their story would get used without credit. In my mind, there are only two options. First option – send something out.

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Research Ideas You May Have Missed (part 1)

As promised, my next two to three posts will deal with research methods and ways for finding new markets. Authors, freelancers and business people have to do this on a regular basis. It’s hard to separate the two because doing research will often provide you with ideas for new markets and thoughts about new projects. I suggest keeping a separate notepad nearby just for information you find that could be used at a later date.

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Organize: 5 Ways in 15 Minutes a Day

“Where did I put that editor’s phone number?”

Most creative types have some difficulty with organization. I’m no exception. Everyone misplaces their keys, but we seem to have a more difficult time with order. Surprisingly, we can be good at rearranging words, but poor at keeping track in other areas.

Over the years I’ve discovered this: Find what works for you. There are endless suggestions,

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Prime Time – Writing

Writing - timer- Rejection RevisitedHow do you eat the elephant in the room that you are ignoring? One bite at a time (yes, I know I am mixing metaphors a bit). The elephant that keeps coming up in writing is, “Where do I find the time?” The truth is we all have the same amount of time, we can only control how we manage it.

I am not a number cruncher, but check out the following:

1 hour a day x 6 days a week (take one day off) = 312 hours in one year.

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