Writing on Vacation

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According to the dictionary, vacation is “exemption from service, respite from work.” The word traces its origin back to this to the Latin for “to be empty, be free, have leisure.” That fits my understanding. Vacation is supposed to be time away from work and all the projects of regular everyday life. Now, if  »  Read More

What to Do on a Day When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

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I love to write, but there are days when I just don’t feel like it. I’d rather go to the beach or play with my grandkids or work on some home improvement project. In other words, I’d rather do just about anything than write. My clients have days like that and I bet you do too. It would be OK if not writing  »  Read More

Better Writing Through Environmental Design

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Some writers can write just about anywhere. I’m not one of them and I bet you aren’t either. For most of us, our surroundings make a big difference in the quantity and quality of our work. Here are some things you can do to take control of your physical writing environment. You may not be able to do everything  »  Read More

5 Reasons NOT to Write a Book

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Every person has a book in them. Many authors and wits have responded to that idea with the observation that, “it ain’t necessarily so.” Somerset Maugham put it this way in his memoir, The Summing Up. “There is an impression abroad that everyone has it in him to write one book; but if by this is implied a good  »  Read More

Better Writing: The Intelligent 15-Year-Old Critic

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“Do people really pay you to write this? It makes NO sense at all.” With that, my teenage daughter smiled sweetly and handed my carefully crafted article back to me. When my kids were teenagers, they were not shy about sharing their opinions.  I’m not sure exactly how I figured out that my  »  Read More

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