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    6 Blogs to Recharge the Writing Life

    Writing is solitary. In fact, the singleness of writing can become the elephant in your writing space. So much so, some writers lose the initial spark experienced when beginning that next book, essay, or blog post. Perhaps you’ve been working on building your platform , and no one seems to be clamoring at your blog or on your Facebook fan page. And all you have for your hard work is a throbbing headache. What to do to get back in the writing groove and use some of that creativity to work on your memoir, novel or yes, even the dreaded platform? Look to the writing and blogging community-at-large. After all, this…

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    What Do Your Readers Want to Know About You?

    Twice this week I have read or heard something that made me sit up and take notice. In both instances, some of the discussion centered on our readers and the importance of placing the focus on them. In other words, what is at the heart of your blog? Why are you blogging? What do you want people to know? AND what do your readers want to know about you? * * * The first incident was while reading a post by Joel Friedlander in which he talks about the importance of an author maintaining a blog. After he has provided a list of things to include in your blog, Joel moves…

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    Do You Have a Story to Tell?

    This post was first published on September 25, 2012.  Since I am taking a few days away from the office, I thought I’d share this one with you again.  It’s always good to know where to to find writing assistance.  And when I return this is a post I need to update with some new finds. * * * Have you thought about telling your life story?  Or a special part of your life story?  Or maybe you’re into historical fiction, mystery, sci-fi or fiction. Perhaps you’d rather not do it on the antiquated typewriter here. So, I am sharing a few up-to-date sites and blogs that might help you…

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    Free Write on Spring Resurrected

      Extraordinary best describes today in Portland.  Not the usual day at the end of March.  Rain and gray skies linger longer those who love the sun would like.  But today we have sun, blooming trees, flowers and warmth — 75 degrees! The drive from our son’s home, where we enjoyed lunch outside and an egg hunt with the great-grandkids, brought to mind the contrast with last spring.  About that time, I was reading a post on Joe Bunting’s The Write Practice.  The prompt that day was the word “spring.”  A longing for spring caused me to sit down and use that prompt to free write my thoughts of spring…

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    My Love Affair with Writing Tools

    The following post appears concurrently on Philadelphia Writing Examiner.  I want to thank Cheryl Butler Stahl, author of Slices of Life: Memoir Writing, freelance writer and founder of Your Best Writing Group, for inviting me to contribute to her column.  Connect with Cheryl on Facebook and Twitter. * * * Writers love their tools — pens, paper, pencils, journals, notepads.  So it must follow that with advances in technology there are electronic tools and toys beneficial to writers. Here I confess — I’m easy prey for innovative software, especially when it comes to writing.  Recently, I’ve acquired some items I want to share with you.  You may have heard about…