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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 2) Writing Contests

Welcome back. In this post, I’m answering more questions that were asked about writing contests. Part 1 was about submissions and guidelines.

Before I forget, I wanted to mention that there is a website “Writer Beware” that is of value to all writers. It’s a good place for staying ahead of those who would prey on writers, especially those with less experience.

1) What’s the best source for legitimate writing contests?

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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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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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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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Top 10 Lies Idle Writers Like to Tell

People who write well are supposed to be creative. However sometimes creative juices get used to find new ways to say, “I’m procrastinating” instead of getting the writing done. It can sound like this.

10) I’m marketingWriting - Keys - 10

Marketing has its importance, but it is equally important to have writing to market. Jon Morrow has even said spend 25% of your time writing great content and 75% of your time marketing.

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How to Write More Using Slow-Cooker Creativity

Summer, the perfect time for grilling. Well, not for me, since my apartment complex doesn’t allow a grill on our all-wood balcony. For some reason, their insurance company doesn’t like the idea. HoweverWriting - slow cooker, another device I like to take advantage of is the slow cooker. It’s incredible. A busy cook tosses in the right ingredients, sets the slow cooker controls, and goes about their other duties and the result is amazing.

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Writing Journey: For the Love of Words

 I believe every writer, author, poet, or editor begins their journey with a love of words. Some may lose it along the way. Juggling words can become a chore instead of a labor of love; but I’m thankful for those who never lose this passion.

Sherlock bookSince I was young, I remember always doing two things: reading and writing. I remember writing a short story in high school that received an A+.

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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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