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The Nature of Steam – Writing Even When Everything Slows Down

I find steam-powered locomotives fascinating. These older trains take a lot to get them moving, but once they’re going it’s actually harder to stop them than it is to keep them chugging along. Picture those giant brakes and how much distance it takes for them to stop.

I wondered after the last month, and my last post’s difficult subject, how the next one would go. I settled on sharing a few things I’ve been “up to” in my “down time.” Yes,

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Rejection Revisited (Part 2)

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, a rejection slip is: a printed slip enclosed with a rejected manuscript returned by an editor to an author. Most Writing - Dictionary - Rejection Revisitedtimes I agree with Merriam-Webster. It’s my preferred dictionary; but in this case, they are not up to date. They obviously don’t know that rejections are done ten times more efficiently today by email.

Since rejection is something we all deal with at times, I enlisted four writers and asked them each to write a little about how to handle rejection and keep writing.

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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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Blazing-Hot Writing Tactics to Combat Brain-Freeze

Are your writing thoughts caught up in a winter vortex?

Is the cold weather sending your mind into hibernation mode?

Yes, below-freezing temperatures can chill your ability to churn out ideas, words, and paragraphs. It’s hard finding a fresh writing angle when you want to curl up in a warm spot and hibernate, (regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil predicts).

It would be nice,

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How to be Creatively Organized (Part 2)

I won’t make the case for being over-the-top organized. I’m not, and I don’t think that I should change to be so. Trying would likely stress me out as much as my “mess” wouMagifyer 2ld stress out the person who is meticulously organized. However, I’ve talked to several writers, artists and creative people who want to improve in this area.

It’s important to try different ideas and build your own system.

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Why Creative People Need to be Organized (Part 1)

Is organization the enemy of creativity? Is it true that analytical people excel at order and creative people don’t? Maybe; but there are several important reasons why you might need to learn some techniques for “getting it together” and even remembering where you put “it” afterwards.

1. Keep more of your moneyFree- Writing- Free or Not

Now that I have your attention, let me ask a few questions. Have you ever repurchased something you lost,

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Things Your Mailman Won’t Tell You!

You might occasionally see your mailman deliver the mail. They’ll greet you with a smile, hand you any mail or packages, and they’re prepared to take anything you’re a mail trucksending out. As a writer, I like to see the mail come and go. Even though much of our communication is done by email and by electronic payments, the mailman is a welcome symbol of the writing profession. There are still companies that send checks by mail,

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Daddy, Where Do Words Come From?

There is debate on the evolution of man, but there is no doubt that words do evolve over time. I have on my desk a word origin tear-off calendar. It was a gift from my wife. Where words come from sometimes fascinates me as much as the words themselves.Writing - Magifying glass-where words come from

The twenty-dollar word for studying word origin is etymology. The etymology of a word is not necessarily its original definition but rather how the word came to common use,

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A Journal Entry – Victory Dance

One of my stated purposes of this blog is to share the ups and down of writing. So go ahead and peek over my shoulder as I write a journal entry…

Recently I’ve had some victories. I believe, in the coming weeks, I’ll have more. In what form did they come? A few weeks back, I sold an article on reducing stress. I sold an article online this week.

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Gaining Attention without Losing Ground…A Few Thoughts

You have heard the phrase, “pay attention.” You may have even joked, “I can’t afford to pay attention.” I heard these words this week in a different context and it made me stop and think. This is the way it read:

“You can pay for attention, or you can earn it.”Writing - money - attention

Whoa. Let that sink in.

You can hire the big guns and the fancy pants to put your name up in lights,

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