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Have You Completely Missed Out on Valuable Writing Assignments?

Is it possible? You’ve submitted to everyplace everywhere. Is there a missing page in those writing books? Did that writing seminar leave something out?  Seminars, reading, submitting and even self-publishing are ways to success, and partial definitions of it. But, they’re not the only ones.

Why not give yourself a writing assignment? But that’s not how it works, right? It might surprise you; this is the path some renowned writers have taken.

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How Smart Does a Writer Have to Be?

Do you ever wonder if you have the brilliance to be a writer?

Or look at the elitist literature types and think you’re not refined enough?

Is there only one chance to make a good impression?

Let me give you some hope and some help. Some help by saving you a few steps. Some hope by sharing with you some of the silly mistakes I’ve made…and why they don’t matter that much.

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Our Legacy: A Few Thoughts, an Editor, and a Holiday

I didn’t write a Thanksgiving post before Thanksgiving last year. My blog at that time was only a few months old. I did write a post a week later detailing some of the things I was thankful for as a writer – some things that didn’t exist when I started writing. It is titled “Computers, Conferences, and Coffee”.

In this post, I chose something different. When I’m stuck for inspiration,

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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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Writing Article Endings that Won’t Leave You Dangling

Considering my last post about eradicating cliché’s, I’ll try to refrain from saying, “all’s well that ends well,” but like most clichéd sayings there’s some truth in it. A pleasing article ending is like a pleasant dessert. It’s the cup of coffee or the satisfying tiramisu that completes the meal. It doesn’t trail off, or leave you dangling on the edge of understanding.

I will admit closing strong is one thing that is not easy for me,

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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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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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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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