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Writers Need To Schedule Time

28 May

003And good morning to all of you on this 28th day of May, 2013!

What’s happening with all of you today?

Today I do my SEO content work for customers until 10:30.  Then I post a new article on HubPages and then I will write my blog for tomorrow.

After lunch I will work on an editing job I am doing, and after that some research and reading about developing a platform.

Why do I tell you that?  I believe writers need to have organization and structure. It is much too easy, working for yourselves, to get distracted and waylaid by some other pressing issues. I don’t allow that to happen. I set my schedule each day and I stick with it, come hell and high water.

TIP OF THE DAY

Organize your workday as you would if you had a regular job working for someone else.  If you are attempting to make money from your writing then writing is your job. Treat it like one.

QUOTE OF THE DAY and TIP OF THE DAY

“Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~Mark Twain

Come on…that’s funny!  And he speaks the truth about cutting the excess from our work. There is such a thing as being too wordy, and trying too hard to describe that which needs very little description.  If we have done our job as a writer, we have little use for words like “very.”

CONTEST OF THE DAY

The Iowa Award In Poetry, Fiction, & Essay, sponsored by the Iowa Review.  You can find their website at www.iowareview.org.  The deadline for the contest is January 1-31, and the first place prize is $1000 and publication in their review.

SITE OF THE DAY

The National Association of Women Writers can be found at here.  Belonging to a national organization looks good on your writing resume.  Check them out.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

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No, I won’t tell you where this picture came from.  I hope you like it and I hope it kickstarts your creativity for the day.

WHAT DID I FORGET?

Oh, probably a myriad of things, but that’s going to be it for today.  I have people to see, places to go and best-sellers to write.  Until tomorrow, may the pen flow across the page and may your writing dreams all come true.

Bill