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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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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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Receiving and Rising Above Rejection

Peter-computer-smallSomehow, I inherently realized that not everything I wrote would be a success. I understood rejection was part of the process. I was also stubborn – I mean persistent. It’s still difficult to receive a standard, “This does not meet our editorial needs.” I’ve learned to celebrate my victories and make them shine brighter than multiple rejections. In this post I am referring to shorter pieces, but many of the thoughts may apply to books as well.

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The Writing That Can’t Be Fixed

writing fixed blank pageHave you noticed any horrendous writing lately? You may be skilled at spotting a split infinitive at 50 yards. Poorly worded and badly punctuated sentences might make you cringe, but there is a more objectionable kind of writing – non-existent writing. You know about it only because a person talks it up, but they never get around to doing the work.

My friend Thomas Smith often says,

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How to Eject Your Enemies

Writing - EjectDo you know who your real enemies are?  If not, how can you fight and overcome them?

We all have external antagonists such as Cousin Eddie or Aunt Josephine, who taunt us about our writing endeavors.  But they are simply distractions. The real enemies that threaten to slow us down or stop us altogether are internal.

You might think that some of your characteristics are who you are.

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Computers, Conferences, and Coffee

I didn’t write a Thanksgiving post. I did read several that I really enjoyed. However, I am nurturing a grateful spirit. Today, instead of information, I’d like to take a light-hearted look at items I appreciate; things not available when I started writing.

Writing-Computers and Coffee 2Home Computers: I do remember writing with pen in school, and scribbling stories on scrap paper. Around twelve, I had a manual typewriter my grandmother let me take.

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Authoring a Website or Blog

Writing-Authoring-Person at computerToday, being a writer includes maintaining a website or blog (another thing to learn). I did my homework. I knew what I wanted when I started my blog. I wanted it to look professional and be easy to navigate. Your site should look like you took time to think it through. As writers, I believe our platforms should shine. I am no webmaster sensei, but I do know this: You devote resources to getting people to visit your platform.

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To Free or Not to Free

Should I write for free? Should I only write when money or other payment is offered? There are strong opinions on both sides of the freelancing fence.

The Debate:

  • On the plus side, having some bylines and credits doesn’t hurt, and this can be one way to start. Your next prospect is unlikely to ask how much you got paid for what you wrote.
  • You may choose to help a local organization,

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Writing: Shorts, Stats, and Sales

Writing: Shorts and Stats 2One purpose of this blog is sharing my writing journey. Today I’m pulling back the curtain regarding my experience writing smaller pieces between 200-250 words, often called shorts. Many of these are devotions, poems, shorter stories, and even greeting cards. They can also be fillers, bios, or short columns.

These are submitted as completed manuscripts rather than through inquiry or assignment. This is only one aspect of things I’ve done.

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