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Freelance Copywriting, a stab in the dark

This year I’ve decided that it’s time to start making a little cash with my writing. Seeing that more gratifying methods, such as selling something, anything, to the markets, are not proving effective, I’ve turned to the pinch penny world … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2012

For a brief period this year I debated with myself about participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo.  As with any debate there were the pros and cons of a month-long writing torture fest.   Should I sacrifice what little time I … Continue reading

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Plotting in the Key of D Minor

I listened to an episode of Writing Excuses, a podcast for writers, while driving across town the other day.  Dan Wells, one of the regular contributors, mentioned a technique that I thought strange and extraordinary.  He used a fugue to … Continue reading

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Be the “Lady Gaga” of the Writing World

If you are reading this there is a good chance that you too are a writer who one day aspires for greatness. There are  many ways of achieving  greatness.  You could do something so heinous that your name will be … Continue reading

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The #1 Essential Writing Skill

Like any craft, writing has its own unique set of required skills.  If I was to ask my fellow writing buddies what the most essential skill for writing is they would most likely list things like plotting, story arcs, character … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Another Bad-Dog Book…” by Joni B. Cole

Earlier this year I had the chance to interview author and writing teacher Joni B. Cole about her book for writers, Toxic Feedback (click here if you missed it).  It received such a good response from readers here at My … Continue reading

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Name that Book Challenge #2

Today’s Name that Book Challenge comes from the required reading list for many schools.  These were selected from books I was personally subjected to during my formative years.  Two of the books are on my top 50 favorite  book list, … Continue reading

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Ferengi Rules of Acquisition and Fiction Writing

If you follow Star Trek, the phrase “Rules of Acquisition” is likely to mean something.  For those who don’t, here is a short crash course. Among the race of beings called Ferengi, trade and profit are a way of life.  … Continue reading

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6 Easy Ways to Avoid Writing in a Vacuum

Oh, hello! So glad you came to visit me down here in my vacuum.   Pull up a dust bunny and stay awhile, I love company.  You see, I’ve isolated myself from the world hoping it will free my thinking.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages” by Boyd Lemon

At the end of January this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Boyd Lemon about his upcoming memoir and his life as a writer.  To read the interview, click here.  Boyd was gracious enough to allow me to read … Continue reading

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