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Does your dog read?

Meet Teddy. He dreams of becoming a reading mentor in a READ program. Some call them Reading to Dogs literacy programs, others say Sit, Stay, and Read. Teddy and I learned about these programs a number of years ago and he quickly became immersed in reading to anyone who would listen. Teddy is one of…

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Where have all the well-read writers gone?

Once upon a time reading was the fertile bed for emerging writers. The two were inexorably linked and their natural habitats were public libraries and bookstores. Many came from homes where reading was a priority. Others had teachers or librarians who knew how books could release the imagination. Life is different now. So are the…

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Day 1 2010: Plan the work, work the plan

New Year’s Day is a holiday but does that mean it’s a day free of work? Not for me and maybe not for you. I have traditionally spent the days leading up to New Years reviewing, encapsulating and analyzing the outgoing year. That means pouring over the wall calendar and Day Timer to list all…

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Do you write the New Year in?

Okay, okay, we all know January approaches and with it the annual decision: To goal or not to goal. Writers run the spectrum when it comes to this ritual. Where do you fall? I confess I practice a fairly extensive annual goal setting and year-end reflective writing. In fact, I like to write in the…

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Are you a gift-giving book lover?

Do you incorporate your love reading and writing into the holiday season? Are there any holiday rituals that you’d like to share? I confess I’m a crusty dragon of a gift giver who remains intent on keeping books at the top of my gift list for myself and for others. Yes, my grandchildren are into…

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Writers, are you reading?

Do you read? There was a time when I never thought I'd have to ask that question of a writer. Times change and with them writers and their habits evolve. Today you're more likely to hear a group of writers rave on about the latest movie they've seen than talk about their latest read. While…

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Internet Writing Tools: iGoogle

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersOne of the things I like best about today’s tools found on the web is the way they bring everything to me. Instead of having to go out and search, much of the material I like to skim, surf, and read arrives…

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Writing Tools: Pen vs Keyboard

In this computer society it's easy to move from the pen to the keyboard and give little thought to the consequence. But what are we sacrificing? Julia Cameron has spent a lifetime extolling the virtues of the direct connection between writing by hand and tapping into the creative force that exists in all of us….

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Writers direct a stream of emotions

The mystery of creative success lies in the writer’s ability to capture and preserve the quality of a given moment in time. The success of a novel or story depends on its intensity, on its ability to re-create an ambience and a sense of emotional contact that make the reader and writer one. Empathy and identification, these…

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Name Your Dream Contest – Vote for my dream, please!

Name Your Dream is an interesting contest. I went ahead and entered my dream. Click through to read about my dream assignment. I hope you like it and will register to vote for me. The contest began a couple of weeks ago and ends early April. The person leading the pack has nearly 700 votes…

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I write fiction. I don’t need no stinkin’ social network.

Most writers are solitary souls: they inhabit their own universe apart from the rest of the world. The clutter of life is a distraction. All this new social media network stuff is nothing but quicksand guaranteed to suck your attention away from the important work: the book. So why bother to plug in? For sure,…

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What’s up with all this Twit and Luv stuff?

In the “just so ya know” department, I’ve stumbled across a couple of neat little applications that add some social media flavor to this blog. If you’re a social media maven, you’ll appreciate the addition of TwitThis and I’ll appreciate your ability to use it. If you’re a blogger, then using the CommentLuv application should…

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A writer’s tools: Carrots, contests and chocolates

The ability to self-motivate is a skill most writers need to cultivate. Staring out a window or glaring at a blinking cursor can hypnotize a writer right into a blank page coma. And while sharpening twenty pencils might help some well-known writers, how many of us are able to realize a rite from a distraction?…

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For writers: Just Do It (remembered)

Marketing gurus such as Seth Godin and Bob Poole spend a lot of time reminding us that there is no rule, no trick, no magic bullet more important than Nike’s famous dictum: Just do it. For writers activities like thinking, analyzing, reading, talking, and stalking make up a large part of their process. The problem…

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Edgar Allan Poe, a father to many of today’s writers

Edgar Allan Poe would have turned 200 years old in January had he been blessed with exceeding longevity. The event has proved a boon for anything Poe. Publishing houses have lit the candles in hopes of a Poe revival. Well, they didn’t need to strike a match for me to come to the table. I…

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