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Many authors and students have difficulty starting their projects. For students, often the problem is they aren’t terribly inspired by the topic. I don’t blame them for feeling stuck. It’s difficult find motivation in broad topics like, say, global warming. Once you’ve created a slide showing that poor polar bear swimming in the melted waters of the Arctic, there isn’t much else to say.

But you have a word count requirement, a blog that is due, a white paper, due Sunday. And it’s Sunday. What do you do?

Read here to find out.


Catharine BramkampWrite anywhere, even if your mother … Read more

Writing groups can be wonderful and they can be terrible.  This is straight  from the first Don’t Write Like You Talk book, because some problems are timeless.

The cheapest, but not necessarily easiest way to get consistent feedback on your working novel is to join a writers’ group.  There are many in your local area and the only reason you did not know this is you just thought about joining a group an hour ago.

Look on- line.  Find a group close by because if you must drive through traffic to meet with the group, you won’t do it for … Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business ReviewTIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish, and Thai. Her most recent book, Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, was released … Read more

I love  blogs and articles that purport to be surprised that women are funny.  The new humorists!  How astonishing, women are funny!

Women have always been funny.  Better news,  American Women humorists have always, from the minute they reluctantly arrived on the east coast shores, earned a living being funny.  Funny women are not new, Since the first  English man  convinced his  wife or mistress to follow him to the new world, that wife and girlfriendwas compelled to commented on the experience. It was not complimentary.

women Humorists, history

Clowning around in Paris

In their work, American women employed the classic American humor … Read more

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