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 […]
Author Archive | Beth Mende Conny
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.
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.
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 […]
— 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; […]
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. […]
My new toy: a Yeti USB professional microphone (see below) that hooks up to my laptop. Even I could master it (no joke; new equipment scares me). All I did was launch GarageBand, plug the mic in and I was ready to do the voice-over for my client. If you’re thinking of doing podcasts — as I am — this is the way to go. It does stereo, omnidirectional (sounds come in from all sides; […]
I’ve been writing ever since I first learned to form letters on a page. I went “pro” some 20 years ago and have learned much about my craft and self in the process. I know, for example, that I must have certain things in my life if I am to succeed. Let me share some of them with you. 1. A reason to write I write because I have to, because the urge is almost […]
Over the years I’ve written thousands of emails. Although none has won a Pulitzer, each, incrementally, has taught me how to communicate more effectively. Hoping to flatten your learning curve, here’s some friendly advice. 1. Become a poet Some define poetry as the best possible usage of the least possible words. Think then of your emails as poems. Don’t be dramatic or flowery, of course, but do use simple, easy-to-understand language; the fewer the syllables, […]