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How to Continue to Write Without Neglecting Friends and Family

Writing is a solitary experience. Send all of your friends away, lock the door, put your butt in the chair and write, right? This is true, but often the inspirationMechanical-Pencil_hand writing 2 to write comes from hanging out with friends, chatting with family and from our everyday experiences. How can you have the time to get serious about writing, find time to keep up with family and friends, and make sure your pets don’t die in the process?

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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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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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Writing: Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses

Writing - glassesValentine’s Day has passed. I hope your loved ones benefited. Romance is great for relationships, but no so good for progressing in your writing.

A recent comment from Dana Mentink sparked this blog post idea. I commented on her article “Why there is no such thing as Writer’s Block…” This was her response:

“Thanks Peter.

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Building Emotional Hooks 7 Ways

 

Have you ever forgotten something right after you read it? I’ll bet that you’re nodding your head.

I recently watched an intriguing “Ted Talks” video Feats of Memory Anyone Can Do. The speaker said, to remember something we have to be able to put some emotional hooks into it. We have to connect the new information to things we already know, or else we forget it.

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That First Blog Post

Writing that first blog post / Schnauzer

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Writing the first post on a new blog is sort of like having a baby isn’t it? No, not really. Perhaps like bringing home a new pet Schnauzer. There’s a lot to think about such as, “How much time will this little one demand?” or “Will it get along with the other blogs?” and especially,“What do I feed it so it will grow up strong?” I’m assuming whether blog or dog the correct answer is not broccoli.

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"A writer looks at a screen or piece of paper like a canvas. They see a country unexplored, a picture unpainted, a tale not told. They dare to venture into the barren land, explore its dark corners, and paint its pictures. Then they unveil the epic with the goal of compelling people to visit their newly discovered territory.”
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