Don’t Make Me Sleep Through a Really Good Plot

From The Unhappily Uninspired Writer’s Guide to Kick Starting Creativity (& Gaining Back Creative Confidence!)

Stop worrying about whether others will “get it” — instead, aim to make them think. They don’t have to “get” it for it to be good writing. Sometimes, my favorite writing is absolutely a mess (House of Leaves by Daniel Z.

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Keeping the 9 Rules

Today 9Rules is down. I don’t know if it is gone, or just lost.

When my site was accepted in 2009 I was pretty happy. Even though the network had been backsliding awhile – there was hope for a fresh revamp. It didn’t quite seem to ever really happen though. I’m still part of 9Rules and I’m not giving up on it.… Read the rest

The Highlight Reel

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steven Furtick

This Week’s To-Do List

  • Two hours of writing as per the 90 Day Plan.
  • Check the usual places for any interesting freelance work that might pop up.
  • Look for post ideas to be rewritten for HubPages.
  • Reading Suite101 University eCourses.
  • Grab March bus pass.
  • Read/ take back/ renew library books
  • Police check thing for Barrie Health Centre
  • paperwork for cultural diversity for Barrie Health Centre
  • forms for self employment – expenses and earnings.
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Writing Editorials

Originally from Suite101 University, a free ecourse posted a few years ago. I’ve saved the information here because there is a lot worth keeping and I don’t know what will happen to all of it now that Suite101 is closing this area of their site.

Writing Editorials

By Jason Reeher


Welcome to the Suite University course on writing newspaper editorials.… Read the rest

Can you Solve the Mystery?

This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd.

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Recycling Ideas

Janet Blaylock:

 Ideas can be recycled. Your emotions or interests can produce an idea for a story. Ideas are anywhere and can be used over again. Be alert to your environment, your interests, and your emotions. Somewhere an idea will spark your imagination.

Also using different viewpoints can be an idea for another story. Any idea can be written more than once by changing something in the story so that it is given a fresh approach.

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