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A Writer Prays About His Work — Jack Popjes

A Writer Prays About His Work — Jack Popjes

Good morning, God, You gave me this writing *gift. You built it into my DNA and you want me to stir it up, and you are helping me to develop it. You bring people into my life to encourage me and to mentor me. What’s more, you are the one who puts the ideas into my head, you remind me

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Fearless Marketing — Nikki Rosen

Fearless Marketing — Nikki Rosen

Mention the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens and people will scratch their heads and ask, “Who is that?” But say the name Mark Twain and they’ll break out in a smile and nod. He smoked at the age of nine, detested school and led a group of boys in wild pranks. Hmmm. Sounds a lot like Tom Sawyer.

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Waste Not, Want Not — Brenda Wood

Waste Not, Want Not — Brenda Wood

Because I am a stasher beyond compare, I plan to make Nancy Zieman’s no-sew fabric wreath. You see, it will use up all those leftover bits and pieces from my fabric stash. I can’t bear to throw them away because they are so pretty. Realistically though, they are too small for an apron and not numerous enough for a quilt

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Writing, even when it’s hard to do — Carolyn R. Wilker

In January, blogger and author Jeff Goins issued a challenge to fellow writers to write 500 words a day for the month of January. He not only issued the challenge, but he also offered a list of things to write about. While I used the word count for my own projects, journalling and letter writing, I thought it might be

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Develop the Killing Instinct Part II: Fine-Tuning with a Jack-Knife — Pamela Mytroen

In Part I of “Develop the Killing Instinct” I suggested writers use a sword to slash a large volume of words and distill the piece into one key sentence. This method slims a piece down to its purpose, allowing no extra fat, which editors appreciate. Only then may the writer pull out the jack-knife to trim the final ten percent

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Taste Tells: Part 2 of Writing with Sensory Details — Sandi Somers

Taste Tells: Part 2 of Writing with Sensory Details — Sandi Somers

“The Taste Test” was part of my English as a Second Language unit on food. I brought to class samples of celery, potato chips, chocolates, cinnamon hearts, peanut butter on a cracker, pickles, cubes of Jello and popcorn. Students described each food: its shape, texture, colour, how it sounded while chewing, its hardness or softness, whether it was sweet, sour,

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Fiction Writing 101 – Part Six – Setting (or giving your character a leg to stand on) — Janice Dick

Fiction Writing 101 – Part Six – Setting (or giving your character a leg to stand on) — Janice Dick

A smile formed on Callie’s face at the sight of Tom. It had been so long.  “Welcome by to the land of the living,” she said. “It’s good to be back. What have you been doing in my absence? I hope you managed to keep out of trouble.” “Of course, what do you think?” She willed him to take her

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Unimagined Blessings — Nikki Rosen

Unimagined Blessings — Nikki Rosen

“Okay, young man. That’ll be twenty five cents.” Lesra: Twenty-five cent? Must not be much of a book.”  [Movie: Hurricane Carter] Twenty-five cents for a book about a man’s life. Not much. But the boy, Lesra, bought it, went home and started to read. He couldn’t put the book down and when he finished, he wanted to meet the author. He

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I Want To Write A Book — Carolyn R. Wilker

I Want To Write A Book — Carolyn R. Wilker

A cartoon depicted a character saying: “I’m going to write a book and someday I will be famous.” Is fame the ultimate goal? Have you been reading the tabloids lately? A client of mine, still learning English, decided to write a story about her life in the country she came from. Fair enough. When I encouraged her to work on

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