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Midweek Writing Prompt: Experiment with Montage (11/12/14)

In my classrooms and workshops, I strive to create safe, welcoming writing communities where individuals feel free to explore ideas, stories, and concepts without judgment. After all, we need those spaces to get started. The judgment – of editors, professors, critical friends – will come later. But in the beginning, we need that soft, friendly […]

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Write reviews to build a publishing record

To increase your writing experience and exposure and build a publishing record, try writing reviews. Think reviews of books, movies, places, restaurants, the latest gadgets related to your expertise or favorite hobby. Whether you operate in academic or consumer-oriented publishing spheres, there are publications in print and online that publish reviews. Most do not pay […]

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Building your writer’s resume

Starting out as a writer can be an intimidating process. You have no publishing credentials, so automatically feel like you can’t compete for publishing acceptances. You have no experience and worry that this marks you as an amateur. Why would anyone give YOU a chance? Editors will give you a chance if your ideas are […]

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The false promise of perfection

One of the biggest obstacles for many writers to overcome is the expectation that their writing be perfect. Perfection is a fool’s game. a false promise in our own psyches upheld by an unrealistic and non-writing public. It is the unicorn. The unreachable fantasy. And yet, so many writers strive for perfection before submitting any […]

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Have a purpose

Why are you writing THAT story? Why did you choose THAT style? Why should readers care about THIS subject? These are questions that all writers must answer if we want editors to publish us and others to read our words. Our stories and writings must have purpose. Purpose means understanding why you are writing that […]

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The lost art of fun

When’s the last time you had fun? What is your definition of fun? If you’re my mom, your definition of fun includes cleaning the house, which is just messed up beyond all get-out. Cleaning is not fun. Necessary, sure. Satisfying to some? Okay. Fun? No. Not in any universe. Mom also likes Sudoku, which qualifies […]

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Midweek Writing Prompt: Plugged In (10/29/14)

In my classrooms and workshops, I strive to create safe, welcoming writing communities where individuals feel free to explore ideas, stories, and concepts without judgment. After all, we need those spaces to get started. The judgment – of editors, professors, critical friends – will come later. But in the beginning, we need that soft, friendly […]

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Words don’t bleed; cut them

Tap, tap, tap. Click, click. {Save as: My Brilliant Masterpiece in Progress}. Print. Hold. Beam. {Send to: Writing Group That Keeps Me in Check}. Wait. Fret. Wait. Phone notification: {re: My Brilliant Masterpiece in Progress.}. Open. Read. Frown. ——————————————————————— If this writing/sharing/response process rings true (and you know who you are), then you are a […]

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