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Really, There Are No Secrets

I’m going to tell you something personal.

In the past 22 months, I’ve lost 50 pounds. People have noticed, and it’s a good feeling. Often someone blurts out, “What did you do?”

I listened to my doctor’s advice, and decided I was going to do what was necessary. I researched nutrition, learned to cut hidden sugars and fats, and I exercised. Then, I told a few people so they could keep me accountable.

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Things Your Mailman Won’t Tell You!

You might occasionally see your mailman deliver the mail. They’ll greet you with a smile, hand you any mail or packages, and they’re prepared to take anything you’re a mail trucksending out. As a writer, I like to see the mail come and go. Even though much of our communication is done by email and by electronic payments, the mailman is a welcome symbol of the writing profession. There are still companies that send checks by mail,

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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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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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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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Free Resources – Sparkling Gems of the Internet

In combing the internet, you stumble upon a lot of junk, but you still do it for those times that you find real gems. When you find them, you can hide them or you can tell others where you found the goods. I like to share what I find. I especially enjoy sharing those items that are both helpful and free. Yes, some “free” software has adware and spyware, but others do not and are cWriting - gems gemsreated by some wonderful people.

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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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Warning: You May Be Trashing Terrific Stories (and Leads)

You probably haven’t gone completely paperless. I still like to page through magazines. I get the Wednesday and Sunday newspapers. Even if you don’t subscribe to magazines, you may receive some from a hobby club you take part in or your insurance company or auto club. Some are available for free in stands around town.

Wrapping fish isn’t the thing to do with yesterday’s news. (Click to Tweet This!)

Don’t toss those magazines yet either.

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Being Comfortable in Your (Writer) Skin

Lots of books cover being comfortable in your own skin. They center on being content with who you are and what you do. As a writer, or someone who is required to write frequently, you should know this: Authors of any kind sometimes get misread (pun intended).  I hear some interesting opinions about writers. My responses to these misconceptions concerning them are in italics.

Writers are anti-social

If I avoided people,

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Research Ideas You May Have Missed (Part 2)

In part 2 of Research Ideas You May Have Missed, I have 2 additional helps and 2 final thoughts. I also have some quotes from other writers in the trenches who answered my question, “Besides the internet, what are some ways you conduct research?”

Valerie R. Federoff, a freelance writer and tutor at Write 2 Teach says, “Everything is fodder for inspiration and research.

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