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Seek, Study, Practice to Tell Your Stories

As we continue to strive, we seek those stories that we simply have to tell; and we study, so that we have the knowledge we need to tell them. Then we practice, so that we can tell them the best

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Saying “Yes” to Saying “No”

Today is my last day as webmaster for SouthWest Writers (SWW). Tomorrow I’ll begin a semi-sabbatical for the remainder of the year. Not a rest from everything, just from taking on new responsibilities. A sabbatical, I suppose, from saying “yes.”

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A Writer’s True Compensation

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. ~ Roald Dahl

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Every Book Demands its Own Thing

You’re the kind of writer that you are. You have a process. Maybe that process is slowly and painstakingly crafting a novel over many years—a dedication like that of a watchmaker’s artifice. Or maybe instead you prefer to write like

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Don’t Wait for Inspiration

Don’t wait for others to inspire you. Don’t wait for inspiration at all…there’s no better reason to tell your story than a simple love of words. ~ Cara Lopez Lee

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When the Magic Comes…

We…don’t know what it is that sometimes comes to make our books alive. All we can do is to write dutifully and day after day, every day, giving our work the very best of what we are capable. I don’t

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Dare. Dream. Write. More.

Don’t be self-conscious about dreaming, or about people thinking you’re too idealistic, and not serious enough. Don’t allow your self talk to be judgmental. Look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm, believe you are more powerful than the problems that

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Accomplish Your Writing Goals With Camp NaNoWriMo

If you’re looking for a way to kick-start a writing project or get into a writing routine, Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a great place to do both – and it’s free. NaNoWriMo has always been about helping

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All who wander are not lost. ~ JRR Tolkien

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