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Writing tip: Don't be afraid to cut

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 27, 2015 at 8:16am 0 Comments

In my first job out of college, one of my assignments was to co-write an opinion piece for my boss. (In this case, "co-write" meant "write.") He told me the points he wanted to make, and my role was to turn those ideas into a clear, readable argument that a prominent magazine in our industry would accept. Both of us would get the byline, so I was excited!

I'll never forget my boss's reaction when I proudly showed him my masterpiece. He smiled at me, then sighed and said something along the lines of, "Ah, how difficult it is to part with young words."

Cutting words can sting, but it's often necessary to improve the overall product

At first I didn't understand what he meant, but then he (tactfully) explained to me that the essay would…

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[What's Next?] Opening Up

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on April 22, 2015 at 4:35pm 4 Comments

Well everyone, I did it. I sat down and pushed through my final edits. I got to a place where I feel comfortable saying it: I’m done! Now that said, I’m the type of person who thinks writing is never done—there’s always something you’ll want to change, always something that could be better. But I’m as done as I’m going to be without an editor, and so as far as I’m concerned, that’s done.

I’m someone who doesn’t like to share my work until I think it’s finished. In fact, I don’t even like to talk about it. Maybe I’m superstitious. Maybe I like to keep expectations low. At any rate, I don’t like to tell anyone I’m writing something until I think it’s finished, and then I’m ready to share. There are some people who have been waiting to read my first novel, and waiting patiently (hi dad!). It’s…

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[REALITY CHECK] - 10 Lessons I Learned My First Year as a Hybrid Author by L. G. O’Connor

Posted by Zetta Brown on April 21, 2015 at 7:30am 4 Comments

This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer, L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.

I published my debut novel in 2008 and L. G. published her's just over a year ago, and as you will see, a lot has changed in the industry between my debut and hers. Whether you are an established author or just starting out, you want to read and learn from L. G. because what worked even a year ago may not be your best option today.

This post is a bit longer than normal because this isn't just food for thought. This is a primer for those of you who are about to take the plunge for the first…

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[Breakfast with the Muse] 3 Questions Never to Ask When You Start a Book

Posted by Jill Jepson on April 19, 2015 at 6:43pm 0 Comments

When a writer starts a book—or any long, complicated project—she's full of questions. Some of our questions are important ones—even essential. If we're writing fiction, we need to know the characters, their back stories, their motivations. For memoir, we may need to do a ton of research. We always have to get a feel for the voice in which we will be writing. There are many, many questions to be asked and answered as we launch our work. 

There are also certain questions that we simply should NOT be asking. These questions should not be part of the conversation, for two reasons: a) There is no answer to them, and b) They show that you are focusing on the wrong things.

Here are three.

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Deeper insight in research papers( part 1)

I'd like to give my experience in paper writing and give several necessary advices.

During their study in a university or college, students receive a great amount of the most diverse assignments. To successfully perform each and every of them, you need to clearly realize a specific character and requirements as to structure and content of every single kind of assignment. However, there are some basic features in common with them all: every task requires you to collect…

. quietly .

storm predicted, wind swept, the visitors came,
some to sail boats, while others to
pass the time of day, pleasantly.

we shall shelter from the rain

sbm.…

Sinus Surgery in 2015

People best-suited for mechanism sinuplasty, or mechanism nose dilation (BSD) are those people who are also fitted to functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). Mechanism sinuplasty is therefore preference for reasonable illnesses of the sinuses including continuing sinusitis' therapy.

It's believed that 29.6 million people aged 18 years and older have problems with all kinds of sinusitisand the amount with persistent rhinosinusitis (CRS) continues to be believed to become 11.1…

Make It A Point

Make it a point to take time for yourself. You matter and your well- being, emotional and physical matters too.

Running around and pushing yourself as hard as you can won’t make you more productive or happy. Most of the time it becomes hard to think when you’re running on just a few hours sleep. That’s when…

'The Robot's Daughter' ~ Cover art and design for W. Blake Heitzman (@navajobob)



W. Blake Heitzman's, The Robot's Daughter, presented a challenge from the initial planning stage; my and Blake's first live chat on the…

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