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Persistence and Writing

1 Jul

003Happy Monday my friends and welcome back to Artistry With Words.

Today’s topic:  well, not so much a topic as a pep talk.

There will be days, and you know this to be true, when doubts creep in.  This is a lonely profession, and it is natural at times to feel like you are making no headway at all.  The rejection slips come; your latest article is hardly read by anyone; even your dog thinks you have no talent. J Those are the days when you have to read the quote by Mr. Washington below and keep moving forward.

There are no free passes in writing.  You have to continue to pay your dues and reach for the stars.

I’m here with you.  You are never alone as long as I’m drawing a breath.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washington

Any questions?

SITE OF THE DAY

Washington City Paper hires a ton of work from freelancers like you.  Makes no difference whether you live there; they are looking for work from published and unpublished writers all the time.  Check them out here if interested.

CONTEST OF THE DAY

The Reuben Rose Poetry Contest has a deadline of September 30th and the entry fee is only six bucks. Check it out here and give it some thought.  Who knows when fame will hit you smack between the eyes?

OPPORTUNITY OF THE DAY

GRIT Magazine hires people to do guest blogging for them.  You can find them here.

No, you won’t get paid, but you will get a byline and will become one of their preferred writers, which means you will be seriously considered for future paying gigs.  Good deal if you are looking to build your platform…..and hey, they just hired me so anything is possible, right?

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Speaking of building your platform, my thought and tip of the day have to do with getting your name out there.  There are times when you need to trade pay for a byline.  Getting published is huge as you go about this business of writing.  If you can do a blog for free in a magazine, and get a byline, then do it.

That byline makes you a published author and that will eventually open other doors for you.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

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See it…..absorb it….what does it do for your senses?  Open up your imagination.  There is a story in this picture.

SHORT ONE TODAY

I’ll give you a break today and keep it short, mainly because we are having some ungodly heat today and I need to get busy before it becomes too warm to write. Not all of us have air-conditioning you know. J

Have a great day of writing and as always, if you need anything just holler.  You can reach me via email at holland1145@yahoo.com.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”