AUG
18
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Your Brand Tree: Authentic Brand-building through Writing

Your Brand Tree: Authentic Brand-building through Writing
You’re launching your business. There’s so much to think about: rates, marketing, logo, and business card. And everybody keeps telling you you need to blog! Where to begin? So much of marketing depends on a strong and resonant brand. The answers to questions you’re asking yourself about logo and color, Facebook ads, and blogging will reveal themselves when you’re clear on your brand identity. Your brand identity dictates not just the look of your website but where and how you market. Deciding on......
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JUL
10
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Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing

Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing
My eyesight is not what it used to be. I blame almost fifteen years of editing and supporting writers. But in some ways, I think my failing eyesight is good for my writing. Pigeons fly blind. When they fly forward, they are not at all looking in the same direction they're moving. Instead, they watch the passing scenery, like a passenger in a car.  Years ago, while doing NaNoWriMo, I started the practice of writing first drafts—when I was using a computer and not pen-and-paper—to set th......
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JUN
13
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Writing Out: Why, Where, How

Writing Out: Why, Where, How
You have stories to tell and points to make, but all that genius inside you needs to move out into the world. Show your writing how to do that by literally taking your writer self out into the world. If you’ve never attended a Shut Up and Write Meetup, give it a try. These quiet-writing events in cafes and libraries are an international phenomenon and worth every minute you spend trying to find your meetup spot. I’m a fan of my local in San Francisco’s Mission, but I loved making new friend......
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APR
15
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Feedback Giving Dilemmas: Solutions, Structures, and Scripts

Feedback Giving Dilemmas: Solutions, Structures, and Scripts
A writer in your life has asked for feedback on their work. Don’t panic! You may feel nervous about not having anything to say. You may think the writer knows more than you do about writing. You may be worried about hurting sensitive writer feelings. First, take the compliment. If a writer has asked for your feedback, they respect you and value your opinion. Even if you don’t love what they’ve written, even if you don’t understand it, or can’t get through it, what you have to say is gold. You'll......
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MAR
03
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Feeling Stuck? Slow Down

Feeling Stuck? Slow Down
A lot of writers I meet try to edit while they write. Or they try to revise while they’re getting feedback. I’ve even seen a writer include an interview question in a query letter, thereby trying to do research while submitting. Not all writers use the exact same steps to get their writing done, but we do all have steps. If you don’t have steps, you may be taking several steps at the same time and living a certain kind of writer hell. My steps are: Research & Brainstorm Composing Transcribi......
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