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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Product Review: Wealthy Web Writer

Posted July 20th, 2013 by Val and filed in Product Reviews

wealthy web writerIf you are interested in pursuing a career as a web writer, where should you begin? There is a lot to learn and there is sometimes conflicting information online. Wealthy Web Writer is a membership site which offers clear step-by-step information for anyone who wants to pursue online copywriting.

Whether you are a new writer or a writer looking to improve your web writing skills, Wealthy Web Writer has something for you. There are tutorials on pretty much every aspect of web writing you can imagine along with tons of articles, blog postings, videos and a forum.  There is even a job board for members to help you find web writing jobs. These are not $5 to $15 an hour gigs – the goal is to become a wealthy web writer. And they show you exactly how it’s done.

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Thoughts on Clutter and Creativity

Posted July 19th, 2013 by Val and filed in Productivity
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Bibliography

Clutter seems to accumulate wherever I go. Both at my day job and at my writing desk at home, I am pretty much always surrounded by piles of papers. When I write I have a dozen spiral notebooks behind me, and I probably waste an unreasonable amount of time hunting for the right notebook or the right piece of paper.

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3 Lessons Learned from a Writing Workshop

Posted July 18th, 2013 by Val and filed in Getting Started, Personal
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St. Patrick's Day Party Gone Awry

I joined a writer’s workshop at my church. The reason I joined has less to do with working on writing skills and more to do with having a bit of time for friendship and fellowship. And it’s also so that I can spend some time one-on-one with my fourteen-year-old daughter. So I didn’t have any high expectations that my writing skills would improve measurably during this eight-week workshop.

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How to Write Blog Posts Quickly

Posted July 17th, 2013 by Val and filed in Blogging
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digging my new SwatchThe ability to write blog posts quickly can be an ace up your sleeve if your goal is to blog daily. Although some blog posts can take an hour or more to write, the ability to write quickly can save the day if you’re trying to come up with a consistent posting schedule.

I read some great suggestions about this from Michelle Schaefer’s blog. Check out this article called “Six Strategies for 15 Minute Blog Posts.”

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5 Lies Potential Writing Clients Like to Tell

Posted July 15th, 2013 by Val and filed in Web Writing, Writing Business
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nellie mckay:identity theftWhen you are looking for writing clients, you’ll find that there are two kinds of people. There are those that highly value writers and know that they couldn’t run their business without you. And there are those that don’t.

Usually online business owners that don’t value writers are inexperienced. They haven’t figured out that professionally written web copy can make or break an online business.

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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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Should I Abandon My Blog?

Posted July 13th, 2013 by Val and filed in Blogging
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It happens to every blogger sooner or later, the gut-wrenching question:

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Thoughts on Procrastination

Posted July 13th, 2013 by Val and filed in Productivity
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I was going to write about procrastination today, but I decided to do it later. Bad joke, I know.

I thought I would go to youtube and watch videos about procrastination and Ellen DeGeneres lightened my mood, as she usually does. Check it out.

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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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