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John Lemke

9 Ways to Promote Your Writing Without Being a Jerk | Positive Writer - 0 views

  • I found out the hard way that if you’re not going to self-promote your work, then you might as well not even write it for public consumption.
  • Did you know that Henry Ford created a full-scale motion picture department for the Ford Motor Company and that the department itself rivaled all of Hollywood’s studios at the time (1914)? The first movie produced by Mr. Ford’s movie department (Highland Park) was, “How Henry Ford Makes One Thousand Cars a Day.” Does that sound self-promotional to you?
John Lemke

How to Defeat Writer's Block | Writing Forward - 0 views

  • Physical ailments:
  • Mental and emotional stress and distractions
  • Lazy days
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  • You’d just rather do anything in the world other than work on your writing project
  • Avoidance and procrastination: Sometimes we go out of our way to avoid a difficult writing challenge.
  • Eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water. Schedule time for rest and relaxation. Don’t run yourself down.
  • A Few, Final Writing Tips for Combating Writer’s Block
  • if you have two projects going, you can rotate back and forth to maintain your interest in both.
  • Get advice from other writers. Often, they’ll see a solution where you see no way out.
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    While different things work for different writers, I think this is a great look at writer's block.
John Lemke

7 More Writing Blogs That Want Your Guest Posts - 0 views

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    I bet you that you find a few new resources on this list.
John Lemke

Color My World | The Word - 0 views

  • My trade magazine features can require up to dozen sources, which means many interviews and lots of quotes. Sometime early in my freelance life, I realized I needed a way to keep the sources and their material straight, especially during the cutting and pasting part of the editing process. The solution?  Type the notes from each interview in a different color.
  • The colors facilitate turning an overwhelming mishmash of perspectives, examples and quotes into a coherent article.
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    Some tips on how this author uses colors to keep her work straight.
John Lemke

5 Books Freelancers Should Read Now - 0 views

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    Five books for the freelancer. I added them to my list.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » How to Keep Writing? Break It Down. - 0 views

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    A published author shares their method to daily writing.  
John Lemke

Why Failure IS an Option for Writers | Positive Writer - 0 views

  • Stop making failure a negative thing and start writing. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and start creating. And if you do mess up, do your best to learn from it. Trust me, you’ll be much better off.
  • What if your first book was sold to a publisher quickly, but then each of your next 5 books were turned down? That exact scenario happened to none other than, Danielle Steel, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time.
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    Very true for writers but also applies to life in general.  "Nothing beats a failure except a try" is one of my favorite sayings.
John Lemke

17 Reasons to Write Something NOW - 0 views

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    A good list to remove lame excuses for not writing.
John Lemke

The Only 6 Posts Worth Writing (and How to Totally Nail Each One) - 0 views

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    A nice how-to with lots of examples.
John Lemke

Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter - 0 views

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    Advice from Pilar Alessandra. She is a popular script consultant for Hollywood.
John Lemke

Cynics and Cynosures - 0 views

  • cynic comes from a Greek word meaning “dog-like, currish, churlish.”
  • The word cynosure comes from a Greek word meaning “dog’s tail.” This was the name given by the Greeks to the northern constellation Ursa Minor, the “Small Bear” in whose tail is the Pole-star, also known as the North Star. Because the North Star is bright and a means of finding the direction of north, the word cynosure acquired the figurative meaning of “something that is bright and serves as a guide.”
  • In modern usage, a cynic is a person disposed to find fault with everything and to rant about it to everyone. A cynic trusts no one’s sincerity or good intentions. The adjective is cynical; the noun is cynicism.
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  • Unlike cynic, the word cynosure has positive connotations. A cynosure is someone or something that serves for guidance or direction, a “guiding star.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » Writers: What Are You Afraid Of? - 0 views

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    A good list of common fears writers share. There is comfort in crowds.
John Lemke

Work out vs. Workout - 0 views

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    I agree with the person who pointed it out. There is a difference between the noun and verb but it is too often ignored.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » The Four Characteristics of Author Attitude and Why You Need... - 0 views

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    Not only does the author have a good list but a great acronym... w00t! I feel the influence already.
John Lemke

Final U in English Words - 0 views

  • “English words don’t end in u,”
  • The only two native English words that end in u are the pronouns thou and you, but they probably shouldn’t count because they really end in ou.
  • There remain 50 or so “English” words that do end in u. I put English in quotation marks because most of these u-words obviously came undigested from some other language, most from French.
John Lemke

Is Paranoia Preventing YOU From Finding Success as a Writer? | Positive Writer - 0 views

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    A good perspective to stay motivated.  Also includes a link to a free e-book.
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