Story Ideas: Outside Your Window

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Looking for something to write about? Here are two ideas from Kristi Tencarre, whose writing prompts are some of the only ones that I’m even interested in, because of her unique eye and the spin she puts on them. She uses the arts to inspire.

Both prompts are about looking out your window. And at the end, I offer Continue reading

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Writing Mastery – Put in the Time

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Write Every Day

I toyed with the idea of simply leaving  you with the thought expressed in this headline, and nothing more. But I decided this might make you feel cheated.

Still, those three words constitute the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about how to go about improving your craft. We become better writers by writing consistently, the more the better, and ideally every single day of our lives.

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Time for Writing — Are You Waiting for the Gift of Time?

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It’s that time of year when gift-giving (or receiving) is on most people’s minds. If you’re an aspiring writer, you may be wishing for the gift of time to come your way so that you can finally–FINALLY–start writing that book that’s been in the back of your mind, nagging at you for so long.

But here’s the thing. No one else can give you that time. You must find it, carve it out, rob Peter to pay Paul, whatever it takes.

  • IF you TRULY want to write
  • If the desire to string words together in a meaningful way is close to your heart
  • If you HAVE to tell your own story
  • If you want to spin a fantastical yarn from your imagination

 

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Publishing: Past, Present, Future

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A Publishing Overview

 

The infographic below depicts a fast-forward view of the history of publishing. This fascinating but all-too-brief view is just the tip of the iceberg. And the future of publishing is wide open. Jump in. Feet first. And catch the next wave.

A Brief History Of PublishingInfographic by Finvy

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Are You Good Enough to Write a Book?

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GOOD ENOUGH

In the past, when I heard the phrase, “That’s good enough,” I was really bothered. It seemed to me that saying this was settling for less than the best. When I’ve run out of time on a project, I’ve had to resort to that, resigning myself to the fact that I couldn’t get all the details right in time.

Leaving loose ends bothers me. Knowing I didn’t get everything just quite right bothers me.

Yet, I now see this dissatisfaction for what it is. Continue reading

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