An Eiffel Tower Project

Have you ever thought that the project you were working on was too big and would take too much time? I guess we have all been there. We have this big, fantastic idea, then we realize just how much work would go into making it a reality. Daunting projects, however, can become history makers. Take

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Stick Your Neck Out

Hey writers, I know you. I know a lot of you are the quiet type, introverted and shy. Not all of you, but most of you. It’s like part of a writer’s DNA. You’re quiet because you’re planning, scheming, plotting the next written line in your head. You are figuring out how to use your

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13 Ways to Grow as a Writer

Artist’s see beauty even in the most simplistic shapes and textures. Seemingly ordinary objects can inspire them to create something amazing. Scientists feed their quest for answers with experimentation and marvel at new discoveries. The musician continually reaches for new and exciting limits with their instrument or arrangement. What about you, writer? Do you push

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Nix the Naysayers

Writing is tough, there is no doubt about that. What makes it tougher? The naysayers. The critics. The unbelievers. You’ve worked so hard to put your written word out there, and someone comes along and says it’s terrible. Maybe you’ve told your friends or family you are going to be a writer and they just

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Painless Editing

Editing is so much fun!- said no one ever. Okay, maybe professional editors like it, but for most of us, self editing our work is like scraping our teeth against the wall. We’d rather write new stuff than edit our work.  Prior to sending your book off to a professional editor or agent, you have

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A Writer’s Mount Everest

Can you be like writers Stephen King, James Patterson or Nora Roberts?  These high output writers that seem to kick out a new hot selling novel every month? Maybe, yes.  But listen to this:  They didn’t start out that way.  They weren’t always hot-shot superstars.  They started just like you.  They gave everything to their

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Give Me a (Writing) Break!

The phone is ringing, your spouse needs you, your child lost her best jacket. The house is a mess and the mail is piling up and you’re out of cat food. Your brother needs help moving and your cousin needs fifty bucks. Don’t forget to pick up the dry cleaning and call your mother on

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5 Things I Learned about Writing from Olympic Athletes

It was a little difficult writing during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. I kept finding myself distracted (but in a good way) by incredible athletes and their amazing achievements, watching them swim, kick, cycle, row, dive, lift… it goes on and on. And those rugby girls- are you kidding me? They are so much tougher

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The Elusive Ghost: Time

A writer’s biggest struggle, perhaps, is time. It takes time to write, it takes time to edit, to find a cover, to publish, to market… Yeah. It takes a lot of time. Not to mention the fact that you have other obligations in life. A day job possibly, a family, lunches to make and homework

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Perfection Infection

Ah, perfection. A creative person’s little demon. We want everything to be perfect in our work. We write and rewrite, edit and re-edit, again and again in the attempt of perfection. We want that perfect product before we let go.  And it’s only natural, after all, because it will have our name on it. So,

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