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I Can Doesn’t Mean I Should by Steph Beth Nickel

I Can Doesn’t Mean I Should by Steph Beth Nickel

The original version of this post appeared last month on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity.” Oo, shiny! That’s how I often feel when I hear of a new opportunity. You too? I have what I refer to as the Butterfly Syndrome. I love to flit from one thing to the next to the next and then back to the first thing.

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Use Mentor Poems to Grow as a Poet by Violet Nesdoly

Use Mentor Poems to Grow as a Poet by Violet Nesdoly

If you’re a crafter you may have gone to a craft fair, admired items on display, picked up one or two that especially appealed to you, and examined them closely. Why? Chances are you were trying to figure out how they were made and whether you could make something similar. Growth in any skill is often rooted in admiration and

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11 Ways Writing Has Helped Me Grow by Pamela Mytroen

11 Ways Writing Has Helped Me Grow by Pamela Mytroen

1. I learned that sometimes you don’t go anywhere as a writer until you take a risk. I got hired as a correspondent because I took a risk and pitched an editorial the day after 9/11. 2. I learned that 100-year-old women do not handle long interviews well. They tend to fall asleep. 3. In my contract writing, I learned

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Seven Ways to Grow Your Writing by Janice L. Dick

Seven Ways to Grow Your Writing by Janice L. Dick

Writing involves not only good technique but also personal investment. It involves practice and learning. An acquaintance said recently that practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. In other words, if we continue to repeat our mistakes, we are not getting any closer to perfection. Michael J. Fox said he doesn’t aim for perfection but for excellence. Sometimes

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The Importance of Downtime by Steph Beth Nickel

The Importance of Downtime by Steph Beth Nickel

This post first appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, Tenacity, and subsequently, on This & That for Writers. I’m filling in for our church administrator while she’s on maternity leave. For 30 hours each week, I can’t work uninterrupted on writing or editing. I can’t tend to my volunteer responsibilities. I can’t work around the house—Wait! Scratch that. That wouldn’t be how I

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Mrs. K’s Rules of Comedy by Tracy Krauss

Mrs. K’s Rules of Comedy by Tracy Krauss

Break the Tension Humour goes a long way in writing and in life. There is nothing like it to break tension and make people feel comfortable. However, we’ve probably all been witness to a joke gone bad. Either the punch line wasn’t delivered correctly, the timing was wrong, or it was inappropriate for the setting. In any of these scenarios,

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Missing the Boat by Brenda J Wood

Missing the Boat by Brenda J Wood

Call me what you will. I am a Johnny/Brenda Come Lately who missed the boat. I had a deadline on the Inscribe page and I missed it. I forgot to send in my blog entry. I am not a greenhorn, a novice or an upstart. That disqualifies me as a Johnny. I did, however, lose an opportunity, I guess that

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Take Time to Breathe

Take Time to Breathe

Is your To Do list anything like mine? So long you’re always moving things from one day to the next to the next? How about your To Be Read pile? Can you never find enough time to read the stack of books that just keeps growing and growing and growing? And then there’s you’re writing. If you aren’t a full-time

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So You Want to Write Funny? Don’t We All? by Violet Nesdoly

So You Want to Write Funny? Don’t We All? by Violet Nesdoly

Admit it, you’d like to write funnier. So would I. After all, who do we love most, next to the computer repairman, but the person who can make us laugh? My confession to you at the outset of this humour writing theme is, I’m not very funny. I did win a contest for a humorous poem once, but I suspect

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Read Any Good Books Lately? Steph Beth Nickel

Read Any Good Books Lately? Steph Beth Nickel

Most writers are also readers. Here are some of the books I am currently working my way through. A similar post appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog on January 29 and on my blog February 12. Some of the books are the same; some I’ve added since then. Do you like how-to books? Memoirs? Novels? Do you carve out regular time for

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