Anyone Ever Laugh When You Say You’re a Writer?

You Need a Real Job Summoned to my high school guidance counselor’s office, I learned not everyone thinks being a writer is a good idea.  I still recall the meeting as if it were yesterday. “Why can’t I be an author?” I asked. I wanted to be the next Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, or Ray… Continue reading Anyone Ever Laugh When You Say You’re a Writer?

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Kepler’s Aphorism #1 – You cannot be a working writer unless you submit your work.

There is truth in my saying. A writer is not a writer until he has written his article, short story or book and submitted the work. A traditional writer cannot sell the piece until the agent accepts it, shops it, and sells it. A self-published writer must write the book, edit the book, market the… Continue reading Kepler’s Aphorism #1 – You cannot be a working writer unless you submit your work.

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7 Habits of Effective Writers

In 1989 the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey was published. I am using the idea to apply it to writers. Hence the title, “7 Habits of Effective Writers.” The best place to start is at the beginning. Habit One Start.  You have to put your behind in a seat and… Continue reading 7 Habits of Effective Writers

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Not Everyone Thinks Being a Writer is a Good Idea

One of the extraordinary challenges you’ll face as a writer is the opinion of others toward writing as a profession. You’ll face varied reactions from friends, family, day job coworkers, acquaintances, want to be writer friends and even members of your writer’s group when you are a writer. A few people will say that’s nice.… Continue reading Not Everyone Thinks Being a Writer is a Good Idea

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Be Encouraged

Today is Sunday March 17, 2013.  One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can serve the function of mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago… Continue reading Be Encouraged

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