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Unblock writer's block teleclass - stop procrastinating, gain momentum, create strategies, identify your blocks and ways to overcome them. Take this teleclass from anywhere in the world! Taught by Author Beth Conny of Write Directions.

Unblock writer’s block

Writer’s block is inevitable. But that doesn’t mean you have to be blocked for long. Not if you understand the true nature of blocks, the benefits they offer and the many ways you can work yourself over, above, around and through them. We’ll tackle each of these things together, so you can create strategies to maintain your writing momentum. In this class, you’ll learn how to: Distinguish between procrastination and “creative pit stops” Identify the […]

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Quotations

Inspirational Quotations — A Roundup of My Favorites

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Those who know me know I hoard quotations. For this I have to thank my father, a writer, who collected quotes the way others collect coins. They were the currency from which he drew inspiration. While mine are kept in computer files, his were typed on index cards and taped to the walls of his studio apartment. They were the wallpaper he gazed upon first thing in the morning as the […]

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Beth Mende Conny's art exhibit, "Tis the season to be inspired," will be Sat., Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., at Unique Optique, 9 W. Patrick Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Frederick, MD.

“tis the season to be inspired”

Join me! “Tis the Season to be Inspired” — and you will be at my exhibit of original art and writings on Saturday, Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., in historic Downtown Frederick, MD. The show couples my original art with inspirational quotations. You’ll be able to purchase prints, stationery and magnets for those on your holiday list. So drop by for a lovely evening of conversation and inspiration! Looking forward to seeing you! Unique Optique, 9 W. Patrick St., […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and Lifenicity shares a funny store about a professor and the assignment two of his students turned in.

The creative writing assignment

This is offered by an English professor from the University of Colorado as an actual class assignment: The Creative Writing professor told his class one day: “Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting next to his or her desk. “As homework tonight, one of you will write the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail […]

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Need inspiration to write? Think again says Author Beth Mende Conny, founder of Write Directions and Lifenicity.

Writing myth #2 — You need inspiration to write

Join me each month as I share a myth from my book The 9 Biggest Writing Myths (and how to move beyond them). This month we’ll explore Myth #2 — You need inspiration to write.  The Muse enters our lives in searing flashes that illuminate our inner and outer worlds. Her light reveals the grand sweep and scope of our projects. Suddenly, incredibly, we not only know what to write but how to write it. Complex concepts unfold logically, […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and Lifenicity will be teaching a how to write a book class via teleclass. It is called Time Management for Writers

Win the Pulitzer! Find time to write!

November newsletter — articles you won’t want to miss! How to win a Pulitzer Prize Publisher Weekly’s Top 5 bestsellers (fiction, nonfiction and children’s books) November’s inspirational meditation Writers’ pop quiz Subscribe to Write Directions monthly newsletter today!   A live WriteDirections teleclass you won’t want to miss!   Find time to write — Beth’s top 10 tips Thursday, Nov. 6, 12-1 p.m., EST $25, includes downloadable handouts You have more time to write than you think — and this […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and Lifenicity shares lessons learned about working with editors.

Magazine editors, sex and allergies

I first learned about the power of an editor’s pen when I submitted my first article to a national women’s magazine called Good Looks, a low-budget Cosmopolitan knock-off. The editor accepted the piece promptly and sent me a contract. I was thrilled and cared little about relinquishing all rights; I just wanted to be published. I did, however, cringe to find that she had changed the title of my piece. Instead of: “What do you […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and Lifenicity warns against using these 13 terrible cliches.

Worst clichés: 13 expressions you should avoid

This article made me laugh but also makes a serious point: avoid clichés! (From the Huffington Post, 08/27/2013.) Clichés are the worst. Aside from being indicative of lazy speaking and lazy writing, they are rarely used correctly, and even when they are, they rarely make sense. Most popularized metaphors are outdated – who throws out bath water or sells tons of hotcakes anymore? Relying on such trite and nonsensical phrases shows an inability to discuss original thoughts […]

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Beth Mende Conny, founder of Write Directions and Lifenicity, writes a humorous piece about parenting best-sellers she wishes she had written.

Parenting bestsellers I wish I had written

What joy of what sex? For parents who believe that having a kid is the ultimate form of birth control. Each chapter offers practical advice on getting the old engines humming again. Includes tips on staying awake during sex. How will I tell my child the facts of life when I can’t remember what they are? A primer for parents who are not yet ready for What joy of what sex? Comes complete with pictures that clearly […]

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