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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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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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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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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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3 Writing Roadblocks and Detours that Work!

Who doesn’t hate roadblocks? Every day you travel the same road. Then suddenly, you’re asked to take an unfamiliar road and then another. It slows you down. In writing, we can hit roadblocks too. Often we can’t move forward without discerning what the roadblock is. If you find yourself in uncharted territory or suddenly a bit turned around, you might be asking yourself:

Why am I not writing? Why am I not taking that next step?

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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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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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When Editing Gets Away From You (A Confession)

Writing in Color - EraserWhen I started this blog I said that it would include my writing journey, which I have done to some extent. However, I haven’t shared one of my handicaps as a writer. I love writing, but I also like killing. Yep. I bring words to life and then I take them out back and shoot them. This we call fun. In general this is a good quality for a writer to have,

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