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The Soup of Writing by Brenda J Wood

The Soup of Writing by Brenda J Wood

The Soup of Writing “So it’s writing time again,” I tell myself. I’ve been whispering it for weeks now. Today I shout it. Nobody is listening and that includes me. Surely I am not alone. Surely one or two of you have experienced the dreaded dry spell of summer and perhaps even fall and winter. I tell myself that when

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Two All-Time Favourites for Back to Writers’ School by Tracy Krauss

Two All-Time Favourites for Back to Writers’ School by Tracy Krauss

Two All-Time Favourite for Back to Writers’ School I love learning. I’ve read tons of books on writing craft and marketing books, as well as taken several online courses. There are many good options out there, but to save on space (lest I overwhelm with too many good options) I’ve narrowed it down to my two absolute favourites.

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The Write Course for You by Violet Nesdoly

The Write Course for You by Violet Nesdoly

The Write Course for You Violet’s post got lost in the shuffle. I missed posting it last week but wanted to share it with you today. Enjoy! The Write Course for You The streams of kids returning to school in September draw our attention to education. This month we’re falling right in line by discussing writing courses we’ve taken. Several

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Course Overload by Steph Beth Nickel

Course Overload by Steph Beth Nickel

Course Overload I have a tough time passing up a deal … especially on writing and writing-related courses. How about you?

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3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank by Janice L Dick

3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank by Janice L Dick

3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank Where do our ideas come from? Best answer: everywhere. I’m visiting with friends and someone mentions a strange circumstance that intrigues me. Or talks about a quirky character they met. Or refers to a larger-than-life experience they read about online. These are all fodder for the idea mill. First lesson: Be observant. Listen.

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Acknowledge This by Brenda J Wood

Acknowledge This by Brenda J Wood

Do you struggle with acknowledgments for your inside book cover? Yes, me too. What I have to say isn’t always what I want to say. Alan Greenspan said, “I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

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Behind Those Walls: A Story Lesson from HGTV by Pamela Mytroen

Behind Those Walls: A Story Lesson from HGTV by Pamela Mytroen

Ever notice how even the most mundane reality show, such as renovating a kitchen, includes drama? It’s never as simple as knocking down a wall and installing new cabinets. Never! Tension ratchets up when asbestos – gasp – is found in the ceiling, or nob and tube wiring is discovered in the walls. Disaster! And then a commercial break delays

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Out of the Box Writing Ideas – Literally by Tracy Krauss

Out of the Box Writing Ideas – Literally by Tracy Krauss

There are some wonderful standbys when it comes to finding writing inspiration. Take a walk in nature. Reflect on a passage of scripture. Listen to music. And of course, always have that journal handy for when the muse strikes! Here are a few more that you might want to add to your arsenal.

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Rhythms of Summer Writing by Violet Nesdoly

Rhythms of Summer Writing by Violet Nesdoly

I’m all for respecting the rhythms of the year. When it seems that the whole world is on vacation, I feel like going on vacation too. Working this “logic” into a writing life can be tricky, especially if the summer is your main time to write. 

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Be Inspired by Steph Beth Nickel

There’s nothing I enjoy much more than taking a walk, camera in hand. Below are a few pictures I’ve taken over the years. May they inspire your writing. Steph Beth Nickel is the coauthor of Paralympian Deborah L. Willows’ memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, published by Castle Quay Books. They are currently working on a follow-up book, Still Living Beyond My

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