Author Archive | Beth Mende Conny

Beth Mende Conny writes about balancing work and family when you write at home.

The work-at-home, write-at-home mom

NOTE: I wrote this piece years ago, when my daughter was a babe and I was syndicating “Sunshine,” my parenting column. Ah, the memories it revives — eeek!! I’m a mom who works at home. For those who think I’m being redundant — what mom doesn’t work at home? — let me be specific: I work for a living in my living room. It’s not exactly an executive suite. There are blocks and rattles where […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and her favorite bookmarks and The Bully Pulpit by

Unique bookmarks and Pulitzer Prize books that I love

I LOVE these “Sprout Leaf Book Marks”, which were a gift from my daughter. Put them inside the pages of a book and when you open to your page, voila, they pop up. You can also use them in a more traditional way, of course. If you do, remember to wedge them between the pages because they’re quite small. It’s pretty wonderful to hold a book upright and see this sweet little plant sticking up. […]

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Beth Mende Conny of WriteDirections.com writes about writing a business plans for writers

Ten Components of a Writer’s Business Plan

Writing is a business, like any other. You may not have a storefront or factory, but you produce a product, be it a book, a screenplay, or series of articles. It’s critical then to have a business plan to help you achieve success. 1. Identify your product. What do you intend to produce? A book, article, series of promotional pamphlets? A service by which you enrich, encourage, inform others through the written word? Be as […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions.com shares inspirational quotations for writers

The Writer’s Heart

Do you have a heart? One of those trusty tickers folks carry around with them? That heart got you here today, you know. To this site and article. It also got you up this morning, helped you wash and dress and head out the door. And that was just for starters. The heart is an incredible piece of machinery, allowing you to do zillions of things. You couldn’t live without it. What a shame then […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions offers tips for building a support system for writers.

Support System: Writing in a Community

As writers, we have ties to the world beyond our projects. We work full or part-time, have families and other social responsibilities. We are part of a community, and with this comes a whole set of duties and responsibilities. It’s important that we meet them. By doing our fair share, we support others and they, in turn, support us. It’s a win-win situation for you, others and your writing.

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Are you procrastinating or writing? Beth Mende Conny offers advice to gain momentum.

Advice to procrastinators

Advice to procrastinators You don’t need long periods of time in which to write. In fact, long periods can be problematic, even detrimental to your work. For two reasons: 1) They are more difficult to schedule; and 2) It’s difficult to stay focused beyond a certain number of hours (and sometimes even minutes. Therefore, play with different-sized blocks. Start small and build up to get a sense of what your optimal-sized block might be.

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Personal deadlines: Beth Mende Conny explains the pros and cons.

Setting personal deadlines: pros and cons

Next time you think of setting personal deadlines, think again. They have their distinct advantages and disadvantages. First the Cons: Deadlines are a smokescreen, a way to trick yourself into believing you’re doing something to achieve a goal. Trouble is, you should have been doing that something all along. That you haven’t, signals an underlying block. If you don’t address it, you’ll be setting deadlines forever and making little progress. Deadlines are unnecessary. Not everything […]

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Funny headlines posted by Beth Conny of Write Directions. These will convince you of the importance of editing your work!

Funny headlines (that aren’t funny if you’re the one writing them)

  — Include Your Children When Baking Cookies — Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say — Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers — Drunks Get Nine Months in Violin Case — Iraqi Head Seeks Arms — Is There A Ring Of Debris Around Uranus? — Prostitutes Appeal to Pope — Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over — British Left Waffles On Falkland Islands — Teacher Strikes Idle Kids — Clinton Wins Budget; […]

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Beth Conny of Write Directions on how to choose the best idea for your book or other writing project.

Spring Cleaning: Clearing out your idea closet

If you’re like most writers, you have dozens of ideas for books, articles, plays, etc. Although you’ve yet to act on them, you swear you will one day. Meanwhile, you add to the pile on a daily and weekly basis. The result: a cluttered mental closet. What a mess! Isn’t it time you did some spring cleaning? Here’s an exercise to guide you through the process. 1. Make an inventory of what’s in your closet. […]

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