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Hockey Wisdom, from Beth Mende Conny

Hockey wisdom

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky Don’t let fear of rejection stop you from circulating your work. Sure you may fail — but you might just succeed. So give yourself — and your work — a shot. Photo from Seattle Municipal Archives is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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One Acorn, One Idea, by Beth Mende Conny

One acorn, one idea

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. —Ralph Waldo Emerson In writing, it takes just one idea, one kernel of truth or experience, to create a body of work. Find that one thing, plant and nurture it. Let your forest grow. Photo by Randi Hausken is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Advancing Backward, by Beth Mende Conny

Advancing backwards

There is a period of life when we go backwards as we advance. — Jean Jacques Rousseau And so it is with writing. Sometimes we have to step back, take a deep breath, think a bit. It’s our way of gaining the strength and perspective we need to move our work forward. Photo by Daria / epicantus is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Where will you be a year from now?

Where will you be a year from now?

A year from now you may wish you had started today. —Karen Lamb How many more weeks, months, or years will you put off that writing project? And why the delay? Tomorrow doesn’t have anything that today doesn’t offer. Photo by Joe Lanman is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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May the Force Be With You

May the force be with you

The force is within you — force yourself. —Harrison Ford Sometimes you have to force yourself to write, but that doesn’t mean the writing itself will be forced. On the contrary: Like a bird in a cage, your writing simply needs you to open the door. Photo by Chris Hunkeler is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Myth #9 - You need the support of others

Writing Myth #9 — You need the support of others

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 the myth about getting the buy-in from those you know and love.  At last we are ready to write! We have the right idea, the talent, even the courage. We’ve carved out pieces of time from our busy schedules, sharpened our pencils, and are rearing to go. Only one thing is missing: […]

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Myth #8 - You have to avoid rejection

Writing Myth #8 — You have to avoid rejection

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 the myth about being immune to rejection. Published writers have a certain something that sets them apart (or so we’d like to believe). We’re not talking talent here but courage. They are brave souls who know what they want and go after it. Rejection letters bounce right off of their bullet-proof […]

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Myth#7, You need to write to write

Writing Myth #7 — You have to write 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 the myth about the mass production of words. If you think writing is about getting words on a page, think again. Writing only partly involves taking a pen in your hand or making your fingers dance across a keyboard. There’s a whole lot more to the process. Unfortunately, many writers measure […]

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Writing Myth #6 - You need time to write

Writing Myth #6 — You need lots of time 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 the myth about needing lots of time to write. When we think of writers, real writers, we imagine them holed up in their rooms for long stretches of time, telephones off and do-not-disturb signs on the door. Uninterrupted, their creative juices flow in a continuous stream, until hours later, feeling mentally […]

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Make money writing? Here's how to price your work according to Beth Conny of Write Directions. Beth is a writer, editor and writing coach who consults with writers and their book projects, be they fiction or nonfiction.

Do you have empty pockets?

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty hearts and empty heads can do that. —Norman Vincent Peale Money is not a prerequisite for writing. Each and every moment you put toward your work compounds like interest in a bank, growing your investment, your craft, your sense of self as a writer.

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