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Heiroglyphs

Photo Credit:Jon Bodsworth
Heiroglyphs from the tomb of Seti I

You may have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but if that were true,
we'd still be writing in hieroglyphics, wouldn't we?

Ask not

President John F. Kennedy

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard came from President John F. Kennedy.

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

For years this seemed backwards to me. What was so profound about asking what I can do for my country? It was me that needed the help. Then the other day, it came to me in a blinding flash of insight.

Surrounded by Writing Prompts

Elderly man on park bench

Observe your world. Look at the old man on the park bench and imagine him as a boy. What choices or circumstances changed his dreams and brought him to whom and where he is today? Ask yourself, what is he looking at? What does he see?

Take Time to Hang Your Hat

hanging hat

I can be a pretty assertive person, often bordering on aggressive. Once I worked for a boss who used to regularly tell me, “Give me a few minutes to hang up my hat and coat, okay?”
He would say it even when he was wearing neither coat nor hat.

Alone in the Dark

street scene

10 ways to feel safe and be safer.

You may not need a nightlight at bedtime, but walking after nightfall can give you the shivers on the warmest of nights. How can you stay safe without becoming an amateur warrior?

Indoor Dryer Vents

Frosty Clothespins

On a day like yesterday, I am thankful for my electric dryer. While doing my laundry yesterday, I wondered if you knew about the indoor dryer vent.

Markdown: Writing Made Easier

cheat sheet

Everybody likes a discount because discounts knock off some of that retail markup and make buying easier. Markdown is a writing system that is like getting a discount on writing content that will be published in html.



Writer's Quicksand

quicksand

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

talking on cup phones

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.

cover letters

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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