Welcome back my friends! It is Tuesday, May 14, 2013, and it is a good day for writing. In truth, every single day is a good day for writing….wouldn’t you agree?
Summer approaches and that means warm weather and outdoor activities and yes, distractions that can take us away from our chosen field. One of the hardest parts about being a writer is that we have no boss hovering over our shoulders making sure that we do our job. We are either motivated or we are not, and if we are motivated then warm summer days cannot derail us on our journey.
TIP OF THE DAY
With all that in mind, one tip I learned early on and I have not forgotten, is to make a daily schedule and stick with it. For me, I start writing at seven a.m. and stop at four p.m. There are various types of writing that have their own time segments within that schedule, but the basic schedule of nine hours rarely changes. Yes, there are special circumstances that call me away occasionally, but those are the oddity rather than a norm.
Why? Because I am a writer! This is my job and this is my passion. I am not going to achieve my goals and see my dreams realized by finding excuses not to write.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when they’re reading to themselves.” ~Don Marquis
I have been laughing for two days because of this quote. I found it this past weekend and I’ve been so excited to share it with you.
It brings up an interesting point about SEO Content Writing. I admit it…I am somewhat of a snob when it comes to writing. My heroes, Faulkner, Blake, Steinbeck….now those were writers in the truest sense of the word. They were craftsmen…they were artists…and I greatly admire their work.
Then we have the content writers, or as I refer to them as technicians. They take keywords, insert them into an article, and yes, they get paid for what is referred to as writing. Content is king; quality is a serf.
On the other hand, I have good friends who spend every day doing content writing and they are good at it. They make a decent wage doing it, and they take pride in their work. Hell, folks, I do it each and every morning to help pay the bills. When I’m doing it I think of all the actors and actresses over the years that waited tables to pay the bills. We do what we have to do to get by until our big break comes and frees us from the drudgery of writing to those who move their lips while reading.
SITE OF THE DAY
This one comes from my friend Sha. It is called All Freelance Writing and you can find it here.
I will let Sha tell you about it in her own words:
“Bill, I just came across this website today and thought it may be a good “site of the day” for Artistry with Words. I’ve just registered. The site offers forums, advice, marketing and business plan templates, free writing courses, opportunities and a whole lot more.”
Thank you, Sha! I did check it out and your words are true. J
WRITER OF THE DAY
I would like you to stop by and say hello to Lurana. You can find her on HubPages here.
This young lady writes beautifully poetry but then has the ability to switch genres and write social commentary that will have you questioning the world around you. I promise you will not be disappointed if you visit her soon.
CONTEST OF THE DAY
The Faith Poetry Contest has a deadline of August 3rd and you can read about the submission requirements right here.
SHOUT OUT FOR THE DAY
My good friend Melanie published her ebook today…..Make Happiness Happen…you can read about it right here. Way to go, Melanie!
PROMPT OF THE DAY
Here is your latest visual prompt from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I hope you find something in this picture that will stir your imagination and give birth to some great prose or poetry.
THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY
The lights are flickering as we have a spring storm move through, so I had better stop and save this. Hopefully I will see all of you tomorrow for another session of Artistry With Words. Thanks as always for visiting my site. I hope you found something worthwhile.