Monthly Archives: July 2014

Igniting Inertia

“Igniting inertia” — sounds confusing and contradictory, doesn’t it? By definition, something inert is: 1) lacking in the power to move; 2) very slow to move or act: sluggish; 3) deficient in active properties. Considering all this, any plan to … Continue reading

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Building Characters

“When it’s possible to ‘think inside someone else’s head,’ we know we’ve succeeded in breathing life into a fictional person. Once this happens, we can stand back. The character can control his fate.” “But like dreams, there’s an endless supply … Continue reading

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Rookie Mistakes

Here’s something none of us want to do: make a “rookie mistake.” That’s how a top athlete recently described a meltdown he had: He forgot to load up on carbs prior to a tough day and ran out of gas. … Continue reading

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Upcoming Contests

Every month, there are a whole new set of competitions available to both new and established writers. One of the best sources of online information is WritersMarket.com, which lists hundreds of contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Here is something lovely to inspire us as we rest and rejuvenate ourselves: Native American Prayer I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me. I walk with beauty above me. I walk with beauty below me. … Continue reading

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Entertainment Value

“When I tell aspiring writers that they should think of themselves as part entertainers, they don’t like to hear it — the word smacks of carnivals and jugglers and clowns. But to succeed you must make your piece jump out … Continue reading

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Thomas Triumphs

When I think of someone who triumphed over tremendous odds, Thomas Edison often springs to mind. Over the course of his career he held 1093 patents in his name (see Truth Teller).While many of these were collaborative inventions, there can … Continue reading

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