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riding the wave of a contest submission

Posted by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on January 17, 2017 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Last fall I won the writing contest for The Magic of Memoir. This was a first time I entered a writing contest and a first win for anything that had to do with my writing. A win at anything says it all, a handshake in welcome, validation that you’re writing well, and self-confidence to keep going and tackle another contest perhaps. I decided to ride a wave of a newly diagnosed writing karma and consider submitting to another writing contest.

Starting to write an essay from a blank page, no, really solid, bright white, is paralyzing. What’s more daunting is the word “contest.” It’s like you know you’ve got a test coming up and you better start cramming now so you’ve got plenty of time for your best answers to shine at the time of the test – the submission.

I’ve never been one…

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When to Pull the Plug on Your Book

Posted by Maria Murnane on January 16, 2017 at 9:56am 0 Comments

Last spring I did something I never thought I'd do: I pulled the plug on a novel I'd been working on for more than a year. It was sad and painful and caused me a great deal of stress to make that decision, but you know what? I should have done it a lot earlier for two reasons:

1.    It wasn't an interesting story

If I've learned anything about writing novels, it's that you have to have an interesting story to tell. In my case I'd just finished a previous novel and put too much pressure on myself to begin a new one too fast. I did this because my books pay my bills, so if I'm not writing I feel incredibly guilty and stressed out. Instead of stepping back and taking time to come up with a solid idea, I started writing with only a half-baked plot that wasn't compelling, and then I dug myself into a hole and kept digging and digging.

2.    Writing it wasn't making me happy

Normally I enjoy the writing process, but in this case it was…

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Using Twitter as Content Promotion Tool

Posted by Cassandra Bondie on January 12, 2017 at 12:37pm 0 Comments

The whole purpose of using Twitter as a promotion tool is learning how to enhance your popularity. The larger you get at increasing your popularity, the more consumers you have to introduce your product to. 



There are indeed guidelines prepared by Edusson Help Guides platform you should try, however, if you intend on growing your followers swift and efficiently:



1. Customize your Twitter profile

Are you customizing your profile? If not, you are leaving a lot of opportunities on the table. Complete everything as thoroughly and uniquely as possible and showcase…

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Part II, The Problem with Memoirs

Posted by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on January 12, 2017 at 9:47am 2 Comments

I can understand Genzlinger’s irritability with the memoir genre becoming over-inflated. Memoirs seem to be riding the wave of too much sharing and providing an over-supply of personal information. In Part I from a previous post, I shared Genzlinger’s guidelines to would-be memoirists from his essay, “The Problem with Memoirs,” published in The New York Times. He felt that 3 out of the 4 memoirs he had read did not need to be written. Over the years of tilling the soil of my memoir, winning a writing contest for Magic of Memoir, studying its contents and its authors, I have a deeper understanding of why memoir. I believe memoirists are people of conviction; they believe their stories must be told. Perhaps Genzlinger doesn’t see that point.

My memoir has been in…

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Green New Member, Happy to Be Here

I'm excited to become a member of She Writes. I'm currently working on a book on literature and cultural history, launching a new website about Parisian history and culture, and slowly reworking a collection of poems I drafted last year. It's set to be an incredibly busy and challenging year, and I'm hoping that joining this community will allow me take all this on with a greater sense of confidence. Community is so important. Thank you for allowing me to join yours-- I'm eager to connect…

Why We Can't Stress Highlighting Your Acheivements Enough in Resume

Your resume's job is to spread the word about what you can do and how well you can do it. In many cases it's your only chance to get an interview for a job and therefore in order to give you a competitive edge, it should represent the best version of you and as such, it should be riddled with your achievements.…

Moving from Wordpress.com to Wordpress.org

A few months ago I made the move from a wordpress.com website to a wordpress.org website. After three years of attending WordPress meet-ups, the members of the meet-up said I was probably the most prepared person ever to do this switch. While it wasn’t a seamless transition, it was relatively easy.

WordPress.com is great for beginners who are afraid of technology and doing something to “break” their website. That was me. No coding is necessary. You pick a theme and a…

Why Your One-Size-Fits-All Resume Isn't Getting You Noticed

When applying for a job vacancy, a resume should reflect the needs and wants of the position you are applying for. A one-size-fits-all resume is a general resume and can sometimes be vague. If you are doing your job hunt with such kind of resume, you are wasting your time and energy. It’s recommended that you don’t send a general resume in a specific job listing since employers are looking for someone who can take a specific role. For example, if you are applying for the position of a…

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