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By Dana Shavin | Published: July 3, 2018 in The Writer:

"Writing happens in its own good time.

This is an excuse for not writing, couched as healthy detachment. While it sounds all Zen-like, and it is true that rest and reflection are important to a writing life, it’s also true that writing is a muscle you must flex regularly or it will atrophy. Find a way to rope in the finicky muse on a regular basis. More importantly, put away your notions of a muse and just do your work. Author and writing consultant Dan Blank made himself write every day for a year, whether he felt like it or not (and he often did not). By the end of that year, he realized the book he was working on was actually two books. Poet William Stafford said the only way to keep writing when the ideas don’t seem good enough is to “lower your standards and keep going.” So don’t put off writing for when you feel like writing.

Unless your goal is to not write, in which case this is an excellent strategy."

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“Writing does not just occur when you’re at the keyboard or with pen in hand. It brews in the mind."

Susan Burmeister-Brown -- Co-founder Glimmer Train

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A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
-Richard Bach

If you want to be a writer, write.
-Neil Gaiman

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How many of these words can you slip into your writing?

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"One word after another.

That’s the only way that novels get written and, short of elves coming in the night and turning your jumbled notes into Chapter Nine, it’s the only way to do it.

So keep on keeping on. Write another word and then another.

Pretty soon you’ll be on the downward slide, and it’s not impossible that soon you’ll be at the end. Good luck…"

Neil Gaiman ~~ Novelist

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"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on."

-- Louis L'Amour

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"Write. Simple as that. Stop pretending to be a writer and be one. The events are nice. Attending other people's readings is nice. But all those people wrote something. Are you going to be someone else's audience, or are you going to be the person reading in front of the microphone?" -- Miguel Mendoza

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"You fail only if you stop writing." -- Ray Bradbury

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"Every writer I know has trouble writing."

Joseph Heller

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Ha! Love it.



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"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham

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Sorry I didn't get into that much detail about Australia or Darren...I just read up on two different topics and moved on. It was providing me with thoughts for my diabetes article actually...

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Hey, I am on their mailing list! Darren, right? The dude from Australia?

I subscribe to a lot of WAH newsletters.

Thanks though!

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Fitness Grad,

I found something you might like to look at about blogging...

http://www.problogger.net/start-here/


I am going to look at it for sure.

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Lou,

I just read the post you linked us to on the adverb.
I also looked around the Brainpickings site and it has so much to learn there!

Thank you so much for sharing that with all of us.

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Fitness Grad,

I think you have ALOT of common sense. From what I've read in your posts, you are doing an amazing job with what you are dealing with in life. That takes ALOT of common sense and street smarts. You seem to me to have something I admire very much, GRIT.

I think I have a little bit of GRIT but I think you have a lot of GRIT.

I believe you can learn just about anything you decide you want to learn. Enjoy the ride emoticon

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You are talking to a girl lacking common sense...

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Well the cool thing is the internet is the place to find out about nearly everything there is out there.

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There are still so many things to learn about.

I still have not clue what Instagram, podcasts, webinars, facebook, NaNoWriNo, and many other things are all about!

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I love these little bits of wisdom about writing...

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I live with 2 housemates... We each pay $10.00.

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How do you get such a low rate for internet?

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I remember the days when I did not own a computer, I would handwrite everything and keep the U.S. Postal Service in business.

In the past, I thought I would "make it big" in the greeting card business. So many index cards stuffed in envelopes only to be told to "keep trying".

My newspaper articles were handwritten page after page.

Now, I only pay $10.00 a month for Wi-Fi. Thank goodness! I do not take the laptop forgranted.

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FITNESSGRAD, thanx for that - I have a creative writing class starting September 12th. I bookmarked the article! ;-)



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How do you prevent writing burnout? Below is an article about preventing writing burnout that I found on The Write Life.

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How do you close the door?

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If we call ourselves writers, then we write, when we can, for however long we can, where we can, on any topic we can.

We think about the writing process, we talk about writing and the business of writing, we seek those of like minds and we gather to share ideas, to inspire, to encourage, to motivate each other.

We make NO EXCUSES!

In my opinion,

May I get a emoticon ?

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“If you don't write when you don't have time for it, you won't write when you do have time for it.”

Katerina Stoykova Klemer


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“If you want to be a writer--stop talking about it and sit down and write!”-- Jackie Collins


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“There is no such thing as an 'aspiring writer.' You are a writer. Period.”-- Matthew Reill


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"With 60 staring me in the face, I have developed inflmamtion of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs." -- James Thurber emoticon

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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Muriel Strode, 1903



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“Writing is a discipline. You have to commit to it daily. It’s like exercise,
there are some days you don’t want to do it, and then other
days you are excited about it -- but if you will write a page per day
you will complete a pretty nice size book in less than a year.”

Perry Noble, Author of Overwhelmed and Unleash!, Senior Pastor of
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"Under the weather" is to be unwell. In the old days, when a sailor was unwell, he was sent down below to help his recovery, under the deck, and away from the weather.

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Q: Where do we get the phrase, "Look before you leap?"

A: This phrase alludes to Aesop's fable about the fox who is unable to climb out of a well. He convinces a goat to jump in, climbs on the goat's horns to get out, while the goat remains trapped. Today it means "Think before you act."

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Q: Where does the phrase: "Everything but the kitchen sink" come from?

A: From 1944 WWII in armed forces slang, referenced intense bombardment. Out for blood, our Navy threw everything but the kitchen sink at Japanese vessels, warships and transports alike.

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"I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember." -- Ellen Glasgow

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"The ideal view for daily writing, hour on hour, is the blank wall of a cold-storage warehouse. Failing this, a stretch of sky will do, cloudless if possible." -- Edna Ferber

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"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs." -- John Osborne

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"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators." -- Olin Miller

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"Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him." -- Mark Twain,

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What season are you in?

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"It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateurs." -- Gerald Brenan

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"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." Somerset Maugham

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"Novel: a short story padded." -- Ambrose Bierce

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"When I stepped from hard manual work to writing, I just stepped from one kind of hard work to another." -- Sean O'Casey

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"Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you had first hoped." -- Lillian Hellman

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"The sinister thing about writing is that it starts off seeming so easy and ends up being so hard." -- L. Rust Mills

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