Riding on a train many years ago, I glanced at a woman with a Mona Lisa smile. She gazed at me, but I did not engage with her. I continued scanning the passengers. A young couple, very much in love, was deeply involved in a conversation. An older man stared out the window. Contained on that one passenger car was a microcosm of humanity. Lives were playing out before my eyes. Did I write about any of the people I saw? I did – in a college theme. I wrote about the woman with the Mona Lisa smile, who wore a nun’s habit and looked very self-possessed. Inventing her entire persona, I used my imagination to provide her with a →
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Observing is also a useful tool for anyone who needs to write, make decisions and communicate….
“Then” shows sequence. He went for a drive and then he did his chores. …
Shelley Gillespie, Book Writing Success Coach, is the guest of Kalynn Amadio, host of ActLocalMarketing.com, on her show airing Tuesday, Nov. 18 starting at 1:00 p.m. ET, 10:00 a.m. PT. The show can be accessed at ActLocalMarketing.com, on iTunes or Stitcher.com During the half hour podcast, which will be available online perpetually, Shelley and Kalynn speak about the key points businesses should consider when promoting their business, why writing is essential, and why you should write a book. This marks the 101st podcast for ACT LOCAL Marketing that reaches an audience of 100,000. Shelley Gillespie, Book Writing Success Coach, is the guest of Kalynn Amadio, host of ActLocalMarketing.com, on her show airing Tuesday, Nov. 18 starting at 1:00 p.m. ET, 10:00 →
Procrastination is the act of putting off what you could get done now.
All of us – admit it – suffer from delaying tactics in one way or another. Writers are quite often plagued by this malady.
Distilling the message down to a few words is what works. And, it isn’t easy!…So, think hard about your message. What problem or need are you fulfilling for your potential buyer or client?…
During the years, I’ve been flattered, begged, offered a bribe (and turned it down) and generally had to get past the surface to get the story…Editors like controversy. If the story winds up being contentious, that’s considered “news.”
What’s in it for you when you write – well, better, or at all?
…Making a compelling case for whatever reason you might need to – and not in 140 characters – can give you command of your life as well as your language.
Commit to learning to write. Self-esteem, pleasure, talent, competency and other positive results may ensue!…
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Clarity – precision – even poetry can come from editing. Rarely have any of even the most successful writers written perfectly on their first draft. Keep going to get the best work of which you are capable. Put it away – overnight, or even a few hours – and you’ll be amazed how editing can polish your piece.