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What to Do on Dark Days When Words Do Not Come

If you have followed my blog on writing, you know that I’ve shared a few personal things here. You may also know that I write often about creativity. I don’t believe in writer’s block; I don’t even use the term. I’ve experienced being stuck. But being a creative person, I also believe that, in most cases, I am the most experienced person to get myself unstuck. I’ve never been stuck for too long: Until recently.

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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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A Tribute to People

A couple of months ago I wrote a post titled, For the Love of Words. Today, I want to apologize. Oh, not for the post. It’s an expressive piece on word power. It received good feedback. But, I have recently discussed the current news, including some cases of bullying, with a few different people. I mentioned that previous post and said that Mechanical-Pencil holding tipperhaps we needed to better teach responsibility for the power of our words and actions.

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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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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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Things Your Inner-Editor Needs to Hear You Say

You know your inner-editor.

He or she interrupts your creativity to tell you that you’ve misplaced a comma, or that you’ve used the wrong version of the word two. At the rigWriting-Computers-and coffeeht time, your inner-editor can enhance your writing. But sometimes you need to have a few words with that persistent punctuation pesterer and send them out for a latte so that you can get some work done.

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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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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?

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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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