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Reward your writing, www.newbiewriters.comI wrote on Writer’s Fun Zone about how to reward yourself for your writing.  sounds crazy? Sometimes writing is not its own reward. Sometimes, particularly when you’re editing, you need some encouragement and some fun.

That’s where a good reward system comes in.  Set one up, and keep to it, don’t ignore your own needs, that never works out well.

My only caution is to not reward yourself with alcohol.  No matter how tempting, it’s not a good habit.  Wine tasting trips, now that is completely different!

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 Meg Waite ClaytonNew books, cool authors.

Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris hit the San Francisco Chronicle/NCIBA bestseller list in its 1st week out. Very cool of course, but considering she spent ten years researching and writing this almost non-fiction novel, the success is well deserved.

I did a tremendous amount of research on real journalists like Lee Miller, who reported and photographed for Vogue, Martha Gellhorn, Lee Carson, and Sonia Tomara, the great photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White (who never was accredited to Normandy, as she was seen as too temperamental), and Dickey Chappelle, who photographed in the Pacific.

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I’m not a fan of Sara Gilbert per se, but she delivered a great TED talk on the Muse.  And based on that talk she has just published a book on creativity called Big Magic.

Her basic premise is a sound one: when it comes to writing, it’s not all about us.

In the past, writers and artists were not so much responsible for their creative work as they were honored to be the instruments of creative inspiration. The artist was simply a medium for a greater power to flow through them and create.

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Catharine Bramkamp

Catharine BramkampI never considered writing as an activity that increased my intelligence, I write because I must.   I am consistently asked about my writing when I travel.  I do keep both a paper journal as well as create comments and track the trip progress on my computer.  Well meaning fellow travelers lean over and look at my messy notebook (I also tape and paste business cards, pieces of ripped brochures, napkins, all that) and ask, what am I doing?

I’m embedding the experience more deeply into my memory.  I’m taking what I see and what I take photos of, and making Read more

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