Monthly Archives: February 2012

Put a Little Purpose in Your Platform

What matters to you? Most people care about something.  It may be something big—like world hunger—or it may be something small—like a local animal shelter.  Big or small, what do you care about? As a writer, you can use your … Continue reading

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Influence

One of my biggest hopes is that, as a writer, I will be able to influence others.  There are so many things I want to say, and my ability to write gives me the voice I need to reach others.  … Continue reading

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Midweek Music

Pursuing your dreams while raising a family, especially a family with special needs, can be a huge challenge.  But it’s worth it…

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The Art of Business

There is artistry to the business of writing.  Perhaps not as much artistry as in the writing itself, but the business of writing relies on intuitive, artistic qualities that go beyond the nuts-and-bolts science of business. Like writing, your business … Continue reading

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Craft vs. Art vs. Business

Writing is a craft: As a craft, writers are expected to adhere to certain established principles that determine assessed quality of a written piece:  these principles apply to everything from grammar to structure, from genre boundaries to logical development, from … Continue reading

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Midweek Music

Life as a writer is a journey. We all need to remember to keep our focus whatever stage of life we’re in.

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Marketing Your Nonfiction

There are many ways to market your nonfiction work.  Some methods work better for different topics; others work better for different writing platforms. Most writers know about: Keeping a website. Maintaining a blog. Using social media. Distributing a newsletter. Speaking … Continue reading

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Drowning Heart

Somewhere in the dimensions unseen, I walk the sands of time.  The sun shines brightly, but the glare doesn’t hurt my eyes and the sand is cool against my bare soles.  Beside me walks a man.  Him I knew before … Continue reading

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Midweek Music

We all fall.  We all fail. I dare you to move. You won’t get anywhere by giving up.  Failure is part of everyone’s learning curve—use it to learn.  Get back up.  Get back to writing.  Get back to submitting.  I … Continue reading

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Swimming Outside the Box

For genre writers, the genre they love can often create a box of ideas that constrict, as well as define, their genre.  How many fantasy writers have emulated Tolkien’s work?  Too many, to be sure.  Some take such inspiration and … Continue reading

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