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Giving Constructive Criticism

Giving Constructive Criticism
25 Dec 2009

Writing It’s a well-known fact that writers need to develop a thick skin to be in this business. I agree with that, but there are many great writers out there who’ve been demoralized by rude (deconstructive) critiques of their work. In working as a Course Presenter for the Fear of Writing online course, I’ve become extremely aware of this problem. There are so many writers who consider themselves an authority and will literally nail ...

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Writing Down the Blues (and Boredom)

Writing Down the Blues (and Boredom)
23 Dec 2009

Writing Do you ever feel the lack-luster of the writing life? It can be a lonely profession, especially if you write non-fiction. Fiction writers have it a little easier because they’re always in good company with their characters. I get the best (and worst) of both worlds. Today, I want to do anything but write an article. I’m simply not in a non-fiction mood. The weather is gloomy; we’re under a flash flood watch. It should be ...

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My Incredimail Addiction

My Incredimail Addiction
18 Dec 2009

Blogging Several writers here at Blogging Tips have covered their addictions with WordPress (I’m one), Google Chrome and various other applications sharing all the bells and whistles available for these fun and useful products. Today, I’d like to cover Incredimail. I discovered it many years ago. The download is free, but it has a small ad banner at the bottom of the emails you send out. I don’t mind this, but less than a week into my ...

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Is Your Newsletter Compelling Enough?

Is Your Newsletter Compelling Enough?
16 Dec 2009

Writing How many newsletters do you sign up for in a month? How many do you unsubscribe from in the same month because the content just isn’t good? I’ve read hundreds of articles about sending out newsletters and the main advice in these articles is that the material must be compelling. It’s often the writer’s of these articles that have the least compelling material in their newsletter. Go figure. In my opinion, a newsletter is ...

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Blogger-Holic; Theme Addiction

Blogger-Holic; Theme Addiction
11 Dec 2009

Writing Recently, Sharon Hurley Hall posted about her addiction with Confessions of a Theme-a-Holic. I commented that I have the same addiction, and I mentioned using different themes as inspiration for novels I’m working on. I recently changed webhosts and haven’t gotten everything up and ready. I threw two of these up real quick to give you a visual. I have never released my private blogs to the public. I share the links with a few writing ...

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Kindle for PC Review

Kindle for PC Review
09 Dec 2009

Writing I rarely write reviews or promote products unless I find them to be top-notch. And while I am easily amused, it takes a lot to impress me to the point of making a recommendation. But today, I would like to talk about Kindle for the PC. I don’t know when it was developed, but I just discovered it*—and it’s free. Free is good. I’m not a cheapskate, but I do like value. In my opinion, the regular Kindle is too over priced. ...

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Light of Revision

Light of Revision
04 Dec 2009

Writing I recently read something by another writer about editing your work. The statement basically said she’d edited a certain work while she was in different moods and held it up to different light each time. In that one line, she captured and explained the whole revision process—the part many of us fail to utilize. As writers we forget to inspect our work from different perspectives (moods). We fail to see that different lighting can give us ...

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