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7 Things We Can Learn From Dead Writers

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little help from an experienced writer. It is great to have a mentor, but can we learn anything from those who lived 50, 100, or 200 years ago? Walk with me through history. The following nuggets of wisdom cover the gamut. Some are funny, some are serious, and all of them are right on target.

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”  Mark Twain (Author 1835 – 1910) (Click to Tweet this) 

Mark Twain was on to something here. 

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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.

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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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Do You Trust Yourself Enough to Write From Your Heart?

Can you remember the life story that taught you a life lesson? How about an article that showed you a new way of thinking, or the short story that made you feel emotional – good or bad? Perhaps another time you even laughed so hard your ribs hurt. I’ll bet certain writings and writers come to mind.

It might be an inspirational poem, a non-stop adventure, or a heart-wrenching personal struggle,

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What Difference Do Your Words Make?

 

In my last post, I said words are alive, and what writers do matters. I believe this. But others could say it’s simply my opinion. I won’t argue. I will present a few people, both past and present, which are also quite opinionated about words and writers. Below each quote are a few humble comments of my own.

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“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me,

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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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What is Successful Writing?

A recent post, titled Success is in Your Hands, on the HeSo Project site started me thinking. What is my definition of writing success?

Fame:
Writing - hooks - starDo I want to be famous? Not really. I kind of value my privacy. I don’t think I want to be a household name like Duck-brand tape or Starbucks (both of which can become unhealthy addictions).

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Not Writing? Get a Better Excuse Here

Writing - Dog - SchnauzerThe schnauzer puppy (from my very first posting) ate today’s post. Who hasn’t tried some variant of this age-old excuse? In print it dates back to at least 1964, when a Connecticut newspaper reported on a train passenger who said to the conductor, “I’m sorry, my dog ate my ticket.” The conductor replied, “Then I suggest you buy him a second helping.”

In the short time I’ve been blogging I’ve seen many posts that begin with,

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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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Writing in All Kinds of Weather

Recently our weather has consisted of snow, sun with 80-degree temperatures, and then back to bone-chilling winds, all in the same week. Writing can be like this. You’re in the moment and words are raining down faster than your fingers can type and the next minute it all stops and you’re left trudging through sludge.

Cities that expect snow purchase plows. Towns prone to flooding invest in water pumps, sandbags, and emergency plans.

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