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    Scraps of paper, shoeboxes, notebooks

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    For years I jotted down random thoughts, poems, short stories on whatever piece of paper was handy. They'd often end up in a shoebox stuffed in a closet somewhere. At some point, don't remember exactly when, I began writing in ...

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    Awakenings

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    I jolted wide awake last night, actually early this morning, with a potential lead paragraph for the true crime story I'm writing. I love it and hate it when that happens (depending on how long it takes to go back to ...

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    What am I waiting for?

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    There is nothing worse for this writer than a blank piece of paper or computer screen, with no ideas readily flowing from the brain to the fingers. And, weirdly, I kind of have the opposite problem. I have a completed ...

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    The pain of writing

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    I promised last post to share some previous writings from when my older sister died of breast cancer. The point here is to illustrate how emotional issues -- the loss of a loved one, a breakup, etc. -- can spark ...

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    Emotional issues

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    As Breast Cancer Awareness Month enters its last week, I am reminded of the struggle my sister went through with the disease several years ago. She lost her battle at age 41, and looking back at some the poems and ...

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    Scatter Shots

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    One of my problems, so the writing experts say, is that I don't stick to one type of writing. I write poetry, short stories, have an illustrated children's story manuscript, and of course, have the proverbial "Great American Novel" gathering dust ...

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    Web Matters

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    There are hundreds, probably thousands, of web sites geared toward writers. They offer everything from writing tips, to insights into the publishing industry, to ways to quit procrastinating. All of them have free content and some offer expanded content for ...

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    Writing discipline

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    I agree Billy! That may be THE toughest thing about writing....disciplining yourself to actually do it. I went to a writers' conference once (it was on Maui, will talk more about it later!), and one of the things that really ...

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    When to write?

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    I want  to talk about when people write. Over the years I have heard a lot of different suggestions -- write first thing in the morning, when you are fresh, write late at night, write when you have five spare minutes. ...

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    In the beginning

    By ALongLook in The Write Stuff

    My earliest memories of "writing" anything was in elementary school. I can recall taking the names of classmates and writing a short story. Silly stuff, like, "It  was a Sonny day, and I thought I'd take a Long walk." I'd ...

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