Tag: writing

Hiring Professionals by Janice L Dick


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Being a writer these days requires much of us. We are to be: – writer – researcher – editor – formatter – cover designer – marketer – promotional expert – and so on There are some who manage to carry it off, but for most of us, doing it all is more than w Read More

Why Writers Can’t Simply Write by Steph Beth Nickel


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This post first appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity.” If you’re a writer—and even if you’re not—you’ve probably seen posts about the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation. It makes sense to be concerned about how our personal data is collected, stored, and used, but the GDPR has caused a lot of trouble for Read More

The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan by Brenda J Wood


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The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan Am I a writer? Can I write? Should I write? When can I possibly find time to write? What will people think if I write? What if no one likes my writing? And, dear writer friend, note that all the questions are about me, my, and I. Where are you Read More

Planning for Productivity by Tracy Krauss


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Planning for Productivity I love sitting down periodically with a calendar, day planner, and a lengthy list of projects, chores, and dreams. For me, making the plan is half the fun! The key to success, however, is not allowing stress about failed resolutions derail my plan altogether. When I see that something isn’t working Read More

Just Write by Tracy Krauss


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Just write. This was the phrase I chose one year as my inspiration. I often choose a word or a phrase each year as a motivational tool to help keep me on track. Looking back, ‘just write’ is one of the simplest and most straight forward, yet it has had, perhaps, the most lasting im Read More

Wander Back to the Wonder by Violet Nesdoly


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Wander Back to the Wonder   My pencil is weary, my neck muscles cramped, my brain’s in a fog, for ideas I’m stumped. I believe that it’s time for a good writing break. But how shall I spend it? What route should I take? I could tackle the ironing, vacuum the floor, scrub all the Read More

Resurrection Writes by Brenda J Wood


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Resurrection Writes Do you have piles of old manuscripts previously rejected by you, your mother, or an agent? Don’t stuff them into the garbage. Instead, give them another chance by trying them out in the recycle pile. Never let them go, but instead, re-purpose them like your old jeans, which you can make into shorts, Read More

Course Overload by Steph Beth Nickel


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

Oo, Shiny by Steph Beth Nickel


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Like most writers, I want my work to shine. I’m not particularly interested in awards or acclaim, but I do want it to be the best it can be. And now for the disclaimer … I want the first draft to burst forth sparkling like a perfectly cut diamond. I know. I know. Not Read More

How Dark Times Enhance My Writing by Janice L Dick


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It was the fall of 1994. My father had just been diagnosed with cancer. Apparently the disease had been at work for a long time. At Thanksgiving, we travelled to my parents’ home in Alberta for a bittersweet weekend. Meanwhile, my mother-in-law, who had been feeling poorly for years, was told she had a Read More

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