Making Yourself a Deadline

18 December 2012

I recently read that 95% of all blogs are abandoned. I abandoned one myself on a different subject. So I feel even a few months of blog entries on this blog makes me a survivor. I’ve also found that it has a nice side benefit.

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Writing Prompts

11 December 2012

In browsing the web on the subject of writing, I had seen links to sites of writing prompts, but never looked into them as I was doing pretty good without them at the time. Last week, while reading my Twitter feed, I saw a post for a writing prompt. It suggested writing from the point of view of an object involved in the story. I loved the idea and immediately wrote one. I decided another look at writing prompts was warranted.

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Thanks for the Help

4 December 2012

Since I’ve been suffering from writer’s block of late, I decided to look into it on the Web. There’s nothing like the Web for getting help. I found it from one extreme to the other.

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A Roller Coaster Affair

27 November 2012

I’ve only been doing serious creative writing for a few months and already it has become a roller coaster affair. On 11 September, I was enthusiastically celebrating my launch into creative writing with great plans for short stories and a novel. Two months later on 6 November, I was celebrating how I overcame a writing slump and great productivity was ahead of me. It didn’t last.

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Tools of the Trade

20 November 2012

Does writing have any tools of the trade anymore? When writing first started, writers quite literally had tools: the hammer and chisel. For the more mundane, there was the stylus and the clay tablet. Writers were probably pretty particular about the chisel they used to write on stone tablets. One mistake and you had to start all over again. The quality of the stone was important too. You might whip out a rough draft in sandstone, but if you wanted it to last there was nothing like granite.

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My Writing Routine

13 November 2012

I’ve only been writing extensively on a regular basis for about seven months now. It took a lot less time than that to settle into a routine that works well for me. The three factors I addressed were time, frequency, and location.

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You Should Complain

6 November 2012

Are you at a loss as to what to write? Is your current work uninspiring? Well, you should complain. You should bitch and moan and get it off your chest. Do it at your keyboard. That’s what I did and it felt great.

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Starting a Blog

30 October 2012

This is my second blog. I started one on photography a few years ago and only managed a few entries before I stopped. I just couldn’t think of anything to say that already hadn’t been said many times before by other bloggers. I told myself that if I ever started another blog, I wouldn’t abandon it.

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Books on Writing

23 October 2012

Whenever I want to learn something new, I look for a books on the subject. In the case of writing, I first started searching the Internet for recommendations. There are several good lists out there. Here is one of them. So far, I finished four books on the subject. Here are my thoughts.

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Ideal Twitter Feed

16 October 2012

My Twitter feed has long ago grown beyond my capacity to read it all. Most of it is filled with tweets that I don’t care about or find irritating. I filter out what I can and skim over the rest in search of valuable content. It got me to thinking about what would be my ideal feed. Here's a list of what I would like to see:

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