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How Canning Fruit Supports My Writing

We’ve all learned how certain practices support others. Such a taking a walk can help us work out a problem or vacuuming the carpet encourages the resolution for a dilemma.

For me, it is the hard labor of picking fruit and canning that helps to sort out my mental challenges. However, it is more physically demanding than I’d like, but, I planted the fruit trees, so I have no excuse … Read the rest

Why I “Shut Up and Write”

I’m sitting with a group of strangers in a local church that has offered this Shut Up and Write Meet Up space to write.

We are all here to work on whatever it is we are writing. Some are writing novels, short stories, blogs, school papers and lots of stuff I don’t know about. And, of course, it doesn’t matter because the beauty of this type of group is that … Read the rest

A Writer Looks at Blockchain

If you are at all paying attention, there has been a lot of chatter about something called Blockchain along with its cryptocurrency cousin, Bitcoin. So, what does it all mean and why do I care as a writer?
Here is why, but let’s get the basics down first.

What is Blockchain?- I’ll try not to get too techy here: The blockchain is what it sounds like in that there … Read the rest

San Francisco Literary Scene: “A place of escape, refuge, and salvation from the rest of America”

“It’s the dream city at the edge of the continent, an exotic jumble of cultures, a fogbound oasis offering freedom and escape for people hoping to shed the past and begin anew.” San Francisco Chronicle THE LITERARY SCENE / San Francisco, Writers’ Heaven April 14, 1996.

• Writers come to San Francisco in part because of the romance of the City by the Bay, or as the famed San Francisco … Read the rest

The Pain of Self Promotion

Photo by Norman Toth

I’m part of a large club of writers who hates to market ourselves. We can go into the whole “introvert” thing, blah, blah, blah.

But, it’s true. Just leave me alone with my computer and let me do my job. I’m good at it and love what I do, which is write. And write. And research and write some more.

However, I’ve learned that unless someone … Read the rest

The Writer’s Quandary: We Are All in The Same Proverbial Boat

A writer is a writer is a writer, no matter what genre we practice. We all suffer the ups and downs with creativity, inspiration, and despair.
I say this with all confidence, although some may argue that literary fiction writers are different than those who are journalists, nonfiction authors, and freelancers.

Rubbish. We all have our great moments of inspiration or times when we can’t find the right word to … Read the rest

5 ways how a freelance writer can make your business grow

Guest post by Susan Day

Many people believe they can write their own articles and website content. They don’t see the point of hiring a freelance writer because it is something they can do themselves.

And they can, but just because they know how to write doesn’t mean they should create all their own content. Writing content is a specialized skill that can have visitors coming back to your site … Read the rest

Dictating a Book? Tips for Editing the First Draft by Corina Koch MacLeod

Originally published at The Book Designer.

Edited by Carla Douglas

Dictation has become a popular method for laying down a first draft. Barbara Cartland and Voltaire did it, James Patterson and Dan Brown are doing it, and popular self-publishing author Joanna Penn is determined to try it. In fact, Cindy Grigg (The Productive Author’s Guide to Dictation) and Monica Leonelle (Dictate Your Book) have written books on the subject so … Read the rest

Writing About Technology: A Reporter’s View

Writing about technology is not “technical writing.” Also, it’s not like writing a novel. When we think or imagine technology, we often think of computers. For some, it is all about code or using the Web for shopping. The idea and application of technology are in our everyday life. From driving our cars to shopping in the super market.

Little could I have ever known in 1991 that in 1994 … Read the rest