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Opinion Pieces Need Muscled Middles by Pamela Mytroen

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Nonfiction has unique challenges with middles. A reader may notice that the body of the piece flops around in too many directions rather than delivering a muscled middle. This divergence should be addressed at the very beginning of every opinion piece by developing a focused thesis. (more…)

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What is a Poem? by Violet Nesdoly

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In my last blog post I asked and tried to answer this question: “What is poetry?” Even as I was coming to my conclusion, I realized I would need to answer another question before we went on to other things poetic: “What is a poem?”. (more…)

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Like an Oreo by Steph Beth Nickel


When I was thinking about middles, the ever-popular Oreo cookie came to mind. (Advertising at its best since I don’t particularly care for them.) I wonder what would happen if we tried writing a scene or an entire chapter that would fall smack dab in the middle of our story. (more…)

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Middles by Janice L. Dick

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Middles have a way of sagging. I’m talking about books, of course! (adapted from http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/animals/horses/horse7.gif) (more…)

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10 Excuses I Hear Most Often


Thanks to Brenda Wood for sharing Lucy V. Hay's post. 1. “I wish . . .” Stop it. Just stop it. You want to write? Do it. You want to try your hand at another type of writing? Do it. You want to change genres? Do it. DO IT! You get the gist. Life is too short. You might die tomorrow. You probably won’t, so why add another 24 hours not doing what you want to with your life? (more…)

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Take Charge of Your Writing Life by Tracy Krauss

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For most of the writers I know, finding ideas to write about is not an issue. Finding the time to craft these ideas into something worthy of sharing is another thing altogether. It takes effort. It takes discipline. It takes a certain amount of dogged determination. (more…)

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A Time and Place to Write by Jack Popjes


You’ll never find time to write, but you can make time. And when you make time, you need to make a place as well. Productive writers know that time and place tend to be connected. It has to do with what actors call body memory. (more…)

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Ten Steps to Prepare for Your Writers’ Workshop by Pamela Mytroen

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1. Create an appropriate title for your workshop. Your title is like a menu item. It must be short and concise but appealing and descriptive to writers as they peruse the list of workshops at a conference. “The Life of Pie for Writers” was one of my recent workshop titles. It worked well visually. (more…)

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What Is Poetry? by Violet Nesdoly

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Welcome to our newest contributor, Violet Nesdoly. I’m delighted to be re-entering the world of group blogging. Though I enjoyed my hiatus, I’m happy to get back into this saddle. In my posts here, I plan to talk about a genre dear to my heart—poetry. It’s a huge topic with a history as old as humanity itself. As well, it’s constantly changing. If there’s any type of writing that allows one to break established rules, make one’s own rules, and express individuality, it’s poetry. So, perhaps a good place to start is to ask, "What is poetry?" (more…)

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Seeing Our Mistakes from a New Perspective by Steph Beth Nickel

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Like most people, if not everyone, I can think of a number of times I’ve wished I could press rewind and have a do-over, especially if my actions or words cost me something: money, reputation, peace of mind. But that’s not the way life works. That’s not the way God works. (more…)

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