Writer's Quicksand

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Whether it's fiction or fact, historical or hysterical, prosaic or poetic, if you are a writer, you have a story to tell. Tell it in what you will call, your first draft.


Articulate Writing

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When I first started writing, I followed a lot of other people's rules like in order to be worthwhile, a piece must be at least one page (i.e. 350 words long). That's hogwash. After years of writing, I have learned that a good writer cuts and cuts and cuts again, until they can succinctly get their point across. What is important is to be articulate in writing. If Twitter teaches us one thing it is that you can often get your point across in 144 characters or less!


Cover Letters and Queries That Get Your Work Published.

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It's written. How do you get it published?
Both queries and cover letters are letters of introduction. The most important thing to remember is to craft a cover letter or query that meets the requirements of submission guidelines, which may differ from publisher to publisher and agent to agent.

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Handling the Truth

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Whether you're writing an article or posting on Social media, how you handle the truth can make or break your reputation as a writer. Finding the truth often takes some serious detective work. Fortunately, the Internet has the right tool for every occasion.


Puppy Potty Training

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Airedale's are notorious for being independent-minded. While our Bailey was no exception to the rule, he was actually very easy to potty train.
When we saw him squat, we quick took him outside . Those times we didn't catch him, we cleaned it up and disposed of it as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Our rationale was that any attention would be reinforcement of the behavior. It seemed to work. Within a very few days, we had no more accidents either way.

Dog Training: You're Doing It!

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You know more about dog training than you think you do.
Training a dog is not rocket science. How and where you live with your dog dictates the amount of training he needs. A great deal of training is done unconsciously. In fact, if your dog knows any of the following, it is due to training:


Clean Writing: How to Avoid the Muckrakers and the Mob

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There are two sides to every issue, pro and con. The phrase comes from the Roman, pro et contra, meaning for and against. Funny thing is, whichever side we are on, we tend to believe we are on the pro side. It is easy to become antagonistic towards the cons, to believe the worst about the issue as well as the people on that other side.


Five Tips for New Freelance Writers

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Write because you love writing. If your goal in writing is monetary success, you may be disappointed.
Throughout history, writing hasn't been a 'get rich quick' scheme for most writers. In fact, many famous writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe, died broke and broken. If you are writing for any other reason than you absolutely love writing, you are writing for the wrong reason.


Promotion Strategies: Refloating Your Freelance Business

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When the economy tanked back in 2007, a lot of businesses got flushed into the whirlpool and went down the drain with it. If you are still in business, the good news is that you are a survivor! Although the economy is improving, many small businesses are still treading water. You may have to rebuild your business brick by brick to regain the success you had previously achieved, but more good news— you have the tools to do it.


Writer's Block: Bemused by Your Muse

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Before computers, writer's block buried your muse under a pile of wrinkled paper and left you bemused. Its synonyms are synonymous with writer's block: addled, muddled, overwhelmed, paralyzed, perplexed. These are the feelings writers get when they convince themselves they can't write.