Monthly Archives: July 2011

Getting beyond nothing to say

I spoke on enjoying writing and writing better to a group of businesspeople a couple of weeks ago. After I finished, one person commented that he’d thought I would spend more time on how to get past “writers block.” I … Continue reading

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Write what you love

One of the many things I love would be animals. So I write a column about animals—specifically, pets—for Examiner.com, an online news organization with numerous regional offices. I live in Chicago’s western suburbs, so I write my “Pets Examiner” column … Continue reading

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“Detailing” your writing

What makes a piece of writing special? Probably your answers would differ from mine, but the question is worth considering if you want your writing to be special. So maybe the place to start is, what makes anything special? A … Continue reading

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My accidental novel

How can one have a novel by accident? I doubt I’m alone in reaching this achievement, but to get to the point, we need first to backtrack a bit. I wrote one [unpublishable] fanfiction novel a while back, just to … Continue reading

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How to start loving writing

Reluctant or forced writers need to get beyond the negatives that keep them from wanting to write. Too often, such writers have gotten stuck at the “I’ve got to do this or fail this course/lose my job” level of motivation. … Continue reading

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Enjoy writing even when you’re assigned a topic

Even when you’re writing what you “have to,’ love what you write. Oh, I can hear you now, saying I have it easy, getting to pick my topic and what do I know? But my professional career has consisted of … Continue reading

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