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Know Thyself . . .

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Know Thyself. 7 Truths About Writers – By Joanna Penn – For Write to Done –

Print Books: The New Vanity Publishing? – By Joanna Penn – For The Book Designer –

An endless series of difficult but achievable hills – By Seth Godin –

Is traditional copywriting dead? – By Heather – Success Works –

How to Create and Host a Blog Carnival – By Greg McFarlane – Problogger –

The Authors Guild on Amazon: Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

The Role of Editors: A Writer’s Viewpoint – By Juliet Marillier – Writer Unboxed –

Writing Contest: “Show Off” Writing Contest: The Love Story Edition – By Joe Bunting – The Write Practice – Deadline – Feb. 10, 2012 –

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing a Book that Doesn’t Suck – By Jeff Goins –

The Biggest Mistake Most Writers Make – By Sean Platt – For Write to Done –

Why it makes sense for Amazon to open its own stores – By Ryan Kim – Gigaom –

5 Things I Learned from Shirley Jackson – By Victoria Mixon –

Another Chain Says It Won’t Carry Amazon Books, But Does It Matter? – By Laura Owen – paidcontent –

6 Exercises for Stronger Character Relationships – By Yelizaveta Renfro – For Jan Friedman –


Quote(s) of the Day

“There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.” – Robert A. Heinlein



Special Tribute

Britain marks Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday – By Jill Lawless – timesunion –

Known as Charles John Huffam Dickens, an English novelist  who was born  February 7,  1812 and died June 9, 1870.

Sleeping With Readers . . .

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Editor Admits to Sleeping with Readers and Recommends You Do the Same – By Jonathan Morrow – Copyblogger –

21 Most Popular E-scientists – By  E-Junkie.Info –

Pearson Education Extends Scope of Permissions Licenses – By Victoria Strauss – Writers Beware –

Why You Should Never Write Like You Talk – By Taylor Linstrom – Men With Pens –

How to Take Criticism – By Joanna Penn – The Creative Penn –

Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques – By Neil Patel – Problogger –



Quote(s) of the Day

“I have never thought of writing as hard work, but I have worked hard to find a voice.”  – Randy Pausch

“The greatest possible mint of style is to make the words absolutely disappear into the thought.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne



Writing Contest

Meridian 2012 Edotors’ Prize Contest – Fiction and Poetry – Deadline Dec. 31, 2011 –

Discipline and Dedication

Working full-time, being a wife and mom, and still finding enough time to write a book can be a daunting and demanding task.

People have asked me, “How do you fit in the time to write?”

You have to make the time.

Book Time Clock

You can always scratch together time here or there. And believe me, it is not without sacrifice. You may have to drop fun activities or entertaining social events, and then you wonder, is it worth it? That’s when you need to ask yourself, how dedicated am I to my writing? Do I want it as a hobby or a career? My Path to Writing

My parents used to say to me, “From nothing, comes nothing.”

I allocate as much time as I possibly can to my writing every day.

“But is that enough time?” I’m asked.

First, I’m reminded of the old saying that, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” However, it is the every day part that is vital.

Never miss a day of writing!

You will be surprised how much you can accomplish if you dedicate time to something every day.

Example, if you write 2 hours each day that makes 14 hours a week, 56 hours a month, and a whopping 672 hours a year. Think of all the writing that can be accomplished in that many hours.

Finding that time takes organization, but mostly, it takes discipline. You have to be disciplined enough to push yourself to work every day. And sometimes it’s hard, very hard. Beautiful weather, great shows, even laziness, can all hinder you from writing. I have never fallen short of justifications of why I can’t write that day, and that is where my discipline and dedication come in. They are what keep me from giving in to my justifications.

Is it worth it in the end?

Despite all the sacrifices, sadly, there is never any guarantee of success. That is where my passion for the art helps me, because I know that no matter what the end may bring, the enjoyment from my writing was worth every one of those dedicated hours.