Category Archive: The Writing Life

Nov 22

You Can’t Please Everyone

Believe it or not, not everyone is going to like what you write. Get used to it — and move on. Hey, there are people who don’t like Shakespeare. At the turn of the 20th century, wit and playwright George Bernard Shaw despised the bard. French writer Voltaire of the 1820s and ‘30s thought Shakespeare …

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Oct 31

What Happens In Case of Disaster?

Have you planned on a fire, flood, hurricane or other disaster? If you keep all your writing on the cloud? What happens if the U.S. and China or Russia go to war and all the satellites and the Internet are the first causalities? We depend so much on today’s technology that we forget how vulnerable …

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Oct 25

Write What You Love

In 1987 Marsha Sinetar wrote a book about helping people find their career called Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow. That’s the bottom line for you as a writer. I’m not one of those who believes you have to suffer for your art. I think you ought to love it. If you’re going …

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Oct 18

Even When You’re Not Writing

There’s a magazine cartoon from either “The Writer” or “The Writer’s Digest” from years ago I remember. It showed a writer standing at a double window looking out on a fall day in his tweed jacket and a pipe in his mouth, talking to his wife dressed in an apron and holding a feather duster …

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Oct 17


    Probably the biggest mistake beginning writers make is to share their material before it’s ready. That means, before it’s completed. DON’T!      You only have a certain amount of energy, enthusiasm, and interest in anything you write. You can either pour all that into the work or squander it little at a time at …

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Jun 26

How To Write

The first law of writing is: There are no laws. The first rule of writing is: “Anyone who tells you there are rules is a dumbass!” (My rules are at the end of this post.) Look on the Internet and you’ll find rules for writing by some very well known, successful writers. Pick any of …

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Jun 02

When To Write

Have you figured out yet if you’re a morning person or a night person?  It makes a difference because morning people often do their best work before God or the sun get up.  Night owls tend to like the relative quiet of the evening hours when the house or apartment is dark and the only …

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