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Fear of Writing (1/2)

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

You fear writing.  The idea of writing something – no matter how well you know the subject – fills you with dread.   In this 2-part article, I will give you some tips on how to confront your fear and begin writing. You approach the writing process like elective surgery; you know it has to be done but you can barely face the pain involved. Your fingers tremble over the keyboard. Your mind goes blank. It feels impossible and your fear grows. You are not a writer. You squirmed through English class and couldn’t wait to get to math or...

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Facing the Blank Page

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

  Have you ever been defeated by the blank page? Don’t fret. It’s common among writers.   I was on deadline for a major magazine and my article was not finished. In fact, I hadn’t even started it. I was losing the war with the blank page. My computer screen glowed in an open text document, mocking me with its pristine whiteness. I stared at it for a minute, my mind spinning with half sentences, words and a vague idea about what I was going to write. But nothing was coming. I attempted a few sentences, but quickly...

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Writing Guide: The Outline (2/2)

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

Your outline will give you confidence in writing and help you complete your writing project.   In this second installment of the 2-part article, Writing Guide: The Outline, you will learn the importance of using an outline when working on a writing project. An outline is an abbreviated picture of what you plan to write and includes the details of the topics and the order in which they come. Think of it as a “road map” of your ideas. When you look at a map, there are many ways to get from point A to point B. A one-day...

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Writing Guide: The Outline (1/2)

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

Whether you are writing an essay, a white paper or a nonfiction book, the best writing guide you can use before you get started is an outline.       The outline serves as a map or a guide, showing you how to get from your strong beginning to your big finish, covering all the important points along the way. In this 2-part article, you will learn how to use the outline as an indispensable writing tool that will give you confidence in your writing and help you complete your project. Before you begin writing, you need to...

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Revising Your Copy (3/3)

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

Revising your manuscript or document is essential to deliver the best writing that you can. In this third part of the article Revising Your Copy, you will learn three more questions that you need to ask during the revising process. In the first part of this article, you learned to ask 7 basic questions to eliminate errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation. 1. Is my copy free of misspellings? 2. Is my copy grammatically correct? Have I used proper punctuation? 3. Do I have strong topic sentences?  4. Are my transitions between paragraphs...

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Revising Your Copy (2/3)

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

  In this second part of the article Revising Your Copy, you will learn the questions you need to ask during the revising process. Asking the right questions will ensure that your book is the best that you can make it. 1. Is my copy free of misspellings? 2. Is my copy grammatically correct? Have I used proper punctuation? 3. Do I have strong topic sentences? 4. Are my transitions between paragraphs logical and consistent? Often the final sentence in a paragraph serves to transition to the next idea or paragraph. If there is no logic to...

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Revising Your Copy (1/3)

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

When you finish the first draft of your book or document, take some time to celebrate your accomplishment, but believe it or not, you aren’t finished yet. It’s time to revise your copy. It is extremely rare for an author to write a perfect book or a copywriter to write perfect copy the first time through. Almost every successful book or print document has had multiple drafts. It’s not the writing that makes a great book; it’s the rewriting. To ensure that your book is the best that you can make it, this 3-part article...

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Going With The Flow

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Spiritual Musings | 0 comments

Ever hooked up a garden hose, turned the spigot, and watched brackish water gush out? You wouldn’t put your mouth to it, but after a few minutes that ugly, dirty water is gone and fresh, cool, crystal clear water flows. It takes time to flush old thoughts from your mind, but eventually rivers of living water — pure positive thoughts from the Source — will gush forth and you will see the world in a whole new light. In my own life, the tributaries became dry when my cascading waterfall was dammed up with my reaction to...

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Procrastination: The Bane of New Writers (2/2)

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Writing Tips | 1 comment

As 2013 comes to an end, have you discovered that you didn’t write as much on your book as you had planned? Is it due to procrastination? I am not a procrastinator, but I do allow myself some latitude for musing and meditating on my subject. After I decide on my subject, I engage in intense researching. Once I have a sufficient amount, I let the information settle and marinate within my soul. Where I go wrong is when a creative bubble comes up from the stew of diverse bits of information and I let it “pop” without capturing...

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Procrastination: The Bane of New Writers (1/2)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

As the end of the year approaches, have you discovered that you didn’t write as much on your book as you had planned? Is it due to procrastination? The truth is no matter how much time we are given, we always run up against our own procrastination and time does not stop for us. Before we know it, the year is over and our book is in the same state that it was at the beginning of the year. This is the bane of all new authors. They have not developed a system or a rhythm of their own which keeps them on track. They have not acquired the...

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