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You’re Writing it all Wrong… Maybe Not!

Do you know what the common thing about all creative people is? They’re all different. That’s the difficulty with trying to teach someone writing. The way I do it may not work for you. Have you even been told you don’t write the right way? There are rules for grammar, punctuation, and organization. Those are the agreed upon road signs that let the reader know where they’re going. But, how you write is as individual as you are.

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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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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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Creatively Kicking Clichés to the Curb

In my last post, I described trying to write when it just wasn’t happening as “swimming in spaghetti”. A couple of people commented on that being an apt and original way of Mechanical-Pencil holding tipdescribing the experience. It also fit me because I’m Italian and could picture just how difficult it could be tangling with spaghetti.

However in my original draft I simply had “sinking in quicksand”.

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Do You Know When to Delete Your Hard Work?

You know that feeling.

You’ve been writing for an hour and you’re not sure if any of it is usable. Each word you write feels like you’re swimming in spaghetti. Every time you pound the keys, the grip around your gut gets tighter. How do you know when to highlight the text, hover over the delete key and punch it?Writing-Enter Button-When to delete your article

If any of the following scenarios apply it might be time.

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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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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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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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Can You Really Trust the Magazine Editor?

I founded and led a writer’s group for several years. One of the questions that came up often was:

“Can I trust the editor of the magazine with my story or idea?”

Some members seemed to think they would not be paid if compensation was offered or their story would get used without credit. In my mind, there are only two options. First option – send something out.

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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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