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Practice Writing


August 10, 2015

I do not feel well today. I am suppose to post a writing prompt or something inspirational today. I do not feel like doing either. Tomorrow I need to post a writing tip. Because I have planned out my editorial calendar, I know what I need to write for tomorrow and am sitting at the keyboard writing it in Scrivener. Before the editorial calendar, I would have not posted anything today or tomorrow. But because I knew what I needed to write for tomorrow, it was easier to sit down and do it. That inspired this post.

When things are rolling, it doesn’t matter if you have a plan; but when they are not, a plan is everything.

Read about creating an editorial calendar click here

How do you make yourself do something you don’t feel like doing when you are not one hundred percent?

Time for something fun! Many writers tell me their lives are boring. These writers often produce boring stories about vampires. Many of them are good writers, but they don’t know where to pan for gold. In the blogosphere, there are a number of personal blogs and their creators don’t consider themselves writers. They write about …

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In the article, Book Pushing by Mary Lou Shuster, on one of my favorite blogs, The Nerdy Book Club, Mary Lou talks about a single book making a child a life-long reader or not. It made me think, what made me a life-long reader? I owe a large debt to my Mom and Georette Heyer because as …

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The trouble with writing as a profession is you cannot point to it and say, “This is writing.” The word writer conjures the famous image of Charles Dickens seated at a desk, quill in hand furiously scrawling. That is not always the case. Writing Prompt Take a walk and think about what you are writing; …

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Bliss–is not a word you hear very often. In writing, it is good to change-up your nouns and this is a good one to keep in mind. But when writing fiction, this word is not as useful as you may think because it can mean something different to each person. Keep this is mind when …

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Water plays a role and everyone’s life. Ditch, stream, lake, river aqueduct, marsh, swamp, puddle; I am certain every person has a special water place in their memory. There are many to choose from when you grow-up in Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes. I chose this spot along the Detroit River because it was …

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Home Is Where the Scrub Brush Is

March 2, 2015

Home is where the heart is, is a popular saying, but as a person who has moved a number of times, I believe the quickest way to feel at “home,” in a new place is to get down on your hands and knees and clean it.

A thorough cleaning. Get out the toothbrush, dish soap, scrubby bubbles, Goo Gone, Magic eraser, Pine-Sol, Pine Tar, Mr.Clean, Lemon Fresh Pledge; whatever you feel is the best cleaning agent for the job. Fire-up the vacuum and do the rugs and furniture. Break out your favorite window cleaner and do them inside and out. Get down on your hands and knees and scrub the floors.

At the end of the day, sit in the middle of the room and pour yourself a whiskey and toast to space, “I am home.” You will be too tired and too buzzed to miss your old routines and old space. And It will smell more like the old one, like your place. Like your home. Continue reading

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