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I Used To Write In Riddles And I Used To Write In Rhymes

  • November 9, 2015
I Used To Write In Riddles And I Used To Write In Rhymes

When I was younger, I used to write in riddles and I used to write in rhymes. I thought that by doing so, that I might capture the attention of my reader. I never anticipated I'd be writing for a specific audience; I wrote the way I felt in my heart and soul to be true, not realizing or accepting the fact that while patience might be common, intellect is not. Perhaps the true meaning behind my words might never be revealed, instead blinded by the manner in which they were written.

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Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

  • March 6, 2015
Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

Ever since I started a blog, people have asked me where I find my inspiration. My main source of inspiration comes from real life experiences, which is why the vast majority of my writing is non-fiction. In 2011, I wrote a list of 80 Journal Writing Prompts, which was in response to the repetitive emails asking me for advice for inspiration. The journal writing prompts were posted in April of 2011, and quickly became the most visited post on my blog, and after going viral, received an average of 20,000 visits per day for several months thereafter. I knew I had stumbled upon an idea, if even...

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Write Intensely

  • September 9, 2014
Write Intensely

An age-old question that has been asked of writers is, "What made you decide to become a writer?" The answer isn't always easy to explain; every writer wants their writing to be read, and appreciated, but few writers enjoy explaining how or why they write.

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Writing Prompt Number 84

  • August 10, 2014
Writing Prompt Number 84

Growing up, what career goals or dreams of accomplishments did you have? Did any of them come to be, how many did you abandon or revise along the way?

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My Writing Process: A Blog Tour

  • May 16, 2014
My Writing Process: A Blog Tour

I am taking part in The Writing Process Blog Tour which is a fun way to introduce you to writers from far afield. Each author will offer brief insights into their writing processes and, in turn, they will introduce you to three more authors. I was invited by Tracey Lynn Tobin. Be sure to check out her blog for some amazing writing!

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The Story Of My Life, And Other Ramblings

  • April 21, 2014
The Story Of My Life, And Other Ramblings

It is the story of my life. All of my life I have spent searching for something that cannot be found. Something I cannot name. Something I'm not sure can ever be found, or even exists. Something that if I found it, I might not even know if it was what I was searching for.

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The Curse Of Brevity

  • March 24, 2014
The Curse Of Brevity

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. - William Shakespeare, Hamlet Brevity is defined as the concise and exact use of words in writing or speech; in a sense, the way I have started to write in recent years. But why? I do not know.

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Time And Time Again

  • March 3, 2014
Time And Time Again

Lately I have been reading through old journal entries in search of patterns, specifically looking for examples of how my life has changed, and coincidentally, how my perceptions and opinions have changed.

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A Question About A Career In Writing… Where To Start?

  • February 4, 2013
A Question About A Career In Writing… Where To Start?

It all began with my piece entitled, Secrets Of A Successful Freelance Writing Career, then came my advice on keeping a notebook entitled, Why Every Writer Needs A Notebook, and finally, The All-In-One Writing Advice Post For New Writers. I get lots of email every single day from aspiring writers. Lots. However, this particular email from Jordan T is worth sharing: Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer? I'm having a lot of trouble finding a job around here. Not specifically a writing job, but just work in general. Finding something I actually WANT to do is tough. But back to the writing,...

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Secrets Of A Successful Freelance Writing Career

  • September 27, 2011
Secrets Of A Successful Freelance Writing Career

Ever since I politely vowed to never reveal my writing secrets publicly (only the habits of other, more famous writers), I was flooded with emails from blog readers who begged me to reconsider. Then, after reading Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, I realized that sharing at least a few helpful pointers probably might turn out to be a good thing after all. Let's go back to 1998 for a moment because this year was a major turning point in my writing career. By this time, I had been writing for quite a few years, and had just gotten one of my poems published officially that summer; The Tree of Life. I'm...

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A Career In Science?

  • May 30, 2010
A Career In Science?

In my younger years, I thought my father had the best job out there; he did scientific research, specializing in advanced electroplating processes. Much to my fathers’ disapproval, I sought a job and a lifestyle much like his. Accordingly, I did everything I perceived him to be doing, which included mixing chemicals with really long names I didn’t understand. At one point, my father gave me my own lab, complete with beakers, test tubes, and a microscope. I was also provided with baking soda, vinegar, distilled water, and anything else that was harmless that my mom was willing to give me out of her cupboard....

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