P Is For Proofreading

You’ve written your manuscript, thoroughly revised and edited your baby until she glows, and now you’re ready to release her to the world. Before you send her off to a potential agent, or think about self-publishing, it is vitally important that you proofread your document, and seriously consider investing in hiring a professional proofreader. What is […]

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N is for Notetaking

You want to write. You have a million brilliant ideas, clever sparks of inspiration. But you have a problem. All your genius ideas seem to strike when you have not the inclination or ability to develop them into their full brilliance. You meet a quirky fellow at a networking event, who, you think to yourself, would […]

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O is for Others

Recently, I attended a local group in my community for writers. I had no idea what or who to expect, and felt apprehensive as I walked into the little room off the library. I was warmly welcomed and introduced to the ten or so other writers who were there; who represented a variety of genres, […]

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M is for Magazine

A great way to segue into full time writing is to build up your freelance opportunities while you’re still working. Yes, this takes discipline and sacrifice, but much better than quitting your job (and salary) for a romantic vision, which unfortunately doesn’t pay the bills. Magazines are a great source of income for the writer, […]

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K is for Knowledge

I’m a big believer in self-governed learning. You may not be in a position to commit to full time university study, but you can still take responsibility for your education. In this information age, there is a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. Whether you visit a local library, sign up to a short course, […]

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J is for Journal

Dear Diary, Hello! Remember me? I know; it’s been too long! Sorry about that. I guess I just got busy. No, really. Okay. You caught me. It’s more than that. I’ve been avoiding you like the plague. It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with you. I do! Believe me. We both know how […]

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L Is For List

“Write a list,” she said. “It’ll help you,” she said. I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. The idea of writing a list seemed to me about as appealing as eating toenail clippings from an old man of poor hygiene. My cynicism quickly vanished as I discovered a tool that has kept me sane […]

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I is for Indecision

 I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.   I was unsure as to whether to write “I” about indecision, since I am one of the most indecisive people you’ll ever meet. I have no answers. I beg your help. I have a million embryonic stories, but I just cannot decide which […]

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H is for Haiku

Does such a person exist who was not made to write a Haiku during their schooling? I remember my lesson clearly; I was eleven years old and very distractible. Mrs. P was a rather stern teacher, who did not tolerate my wandering attention. But really, poems that did not rhyme, originated from a foreign land, […]

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G is for GPS

“I does good grammar, don’t I?” Let me introduce to you my good friends Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. I’ve gone to battle with others for the sake of my precious companions. Indeed, these three musketeers cause me to mount my high horse. I confess, I’ve sneered and scorned those who have failed to befriend or […]

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