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What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to …

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The Next Step–Get Published!

As I’m sure every pre-published author has, I read Stephen King’s On Writing, and pretty much every other autobiography of successful novelists I could get my hands on. The majority started out writing and selling short stories. So, I prepared to do the same thing. I have written some flash fiction (short, short stories of 1,000 …

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Researching WWII Children

I am the first to admit that I can justify almost any form of procrastination, but my hands-down favorite is research! This became such a problem while in graduate school that one of my professors made me parrot “It’s not done, it’s only due” every time she saw me about campus. I had missed too many …

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Do-It-Myself Writer’s Retreat

I have been dreaming of going to a writers’ retreat for years. While reading a magazine aimed at those of us pursing a writing career, I came across the idea of a DIY Writers’ Retreat. The article (which I have since lost and forgotten all the citation information) gave suggestions for holding your own writers’ …

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What are distractions, really?

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.” — Anonymous The Internet is only one of my many distractions. A little over three years ago I naïvely thought that after having been an insatiable reader since early childhood and investing years in studying and teaching literature, I would be …

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Back on the Keyboard

After four decades of making amazing plans, setting solid goals, and having them dissolve like a vapor in the wind, it still surprises me when things don’t go according to plan. Growing up, my family motto was “all plans are subject to change.” I had great plans for my writing in November, and now it’s …

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Happy NaNoWriMo!

For those of you who aren’t writers, or aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, this post is to inform, inspire, and share my experience thus far. NaNoWriMo (pronounced nă-nō-RĪ-mō) stands for National Novel Writing Month. I first heard of this when I read Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt in January 2010. At that time …

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