The Missing Ingredient to Writing Success

Posted November 1st, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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Vegetarian Fungus Soup

When cooking there is often an ingredient that MUST be included or the recipe falls apart.  For example, one of my daughters insists that absolutely everything must include salt while the other leans more toward garlic. I used to have a glazed meatloaf recipe that I really loved until my dog ate the recipe, but that’s another story. The glazed meatloaf was nothing without ground mustard and brown sugar, and I have never found a meatloaf recipe that I liked as well.

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Sidetracked Writers Who Don’t Write

Posted September 8th, 2013 by Val and filed in Productivity, Writing Motivation
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daydreaming with black tourmaline

Getting sidetracked, stifled or stuck is the nemesis of writers. You love to write…you want to write…you mean to write…

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Vince Lombardi’s Top Tips for Writing Improvement

Posted August 10th, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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Packers - Bears GameVince Lombardi was one of the greatest football coaches in history, maybe even the greatest. He had an incredible ability to motivate and inspire players, and he demanded that every player deliver his absolute best. Lombardi was determined to win and believed in doing what it took to do so.

He was a man full of wit and wisdom, a man that knew how to turn losers into winners and wouldn’t settle for anything less.

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Why and What to Write Every Day

Posted August 3rd, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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The bookIt’s a phrase writers hear over and over, sometimes to the point that the words almost seem meaningless. They are not though.  What’s the phrase?

Write every day.

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Thoughts on Writers and Aging

Posted July 25th, 2013 by Val and filed in Personal, Writing Motivation
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Through A Childs EyeTomorrow is a big day for me. I am having cataract surgery. The eye doctor tells me I’m rather young for cataract surgery – but the fact of the matter is, cataract formation is a sure sign of the aging process. All I know is that I can barely see out of my left eye, which is causing me difficulty driving and reading.

I’m not quite ready for the nursing home yet, though.

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The Power of Optimism in Writing

Posted July 21st, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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ColoursOptimism is one of the characteristics that most successful writers possess. There are many personality traits that come to mind, but I think this one stands out above the others.

Think about it. There are two friends side by side, both of whom dream of becoming a writer. Writer # 1 writes an occasional query, mails it out and anxiously awaits the verdict. He is continually talking about how bad the economy is, how his writing probably doesn’t stand out in a crowd, how he probably won’t be ever good enough because even his junior high English teacher told him he couldn’t be a writer, and besides, good things never happen to him.

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Warning: Fear Can Ruin Your Writing Career

Posted July 14th, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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Dragon and moon / Dragon y LunaWriters are affected by many types of fear, some more damaging than others. Fear can completely destroy a writing career.

Other words for fear are panic, fright and horror – definitely words that make you think of something pretty terrifying. Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, whether that threat is real or imagined.

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Can You Call Yourself a Writer?

Posted July 12th, 2013 by Val and filed in Getting Started, Writing Motivation
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Writing

If someone asked you if you are a writer, what would you say? Whatever genre of writing you are pursuing, what is the label you use when you talk about yourself? Do you think of yourself as a writer, or just as someone who wants to be a writer? Someone that will become a writer someday?

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Cherishing the Ability to Write

Posted July 11th, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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Keep life go on...

Writing can be a lonely, frustrating profession. At times we writers struggle for just the right word, just the right sentence, and in the end we are always telling ourselves we are not good enough.

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Thoughts on Writers and Failure

Posted July 6th, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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Catching up on e-mail...Failure can make you a better writer. This statement popped into my head a few minutes ago, because I had failure on my mind. I woke up today feeling like a failure. It happens sometimes.

It’s July and the year is half over. I set certain goals for myself in January and I’m not really where I planned to be. I could tell you why I got side-tracked, but chances are I am just making excuses.

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