Beth Conny writes about sexist language and how to avoid it.

Safe Sex: How to avoid sexist language in your writing

Gone are the days when we referred to women as gals or by marital rank. No longer do we describe women as women doctors, pilots or athletes. Our language, at last, reflects our values … or at least political correctness. Or does it? Vestiges of the past still slip by. We’re all guilty. It takes time to break old habits and, for some of us, change our perception of others. The challenge is none the […]

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Newsletters for authors and writers — Beth Mende Conny's Write Directions Newsletter for January 2015

Myth #3 — You have to love your writing project

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 having to love the project you’re working on. Myth #3 Beginning a writing project is like entering a marriage. You willingly make a long-term commitment to have and to hold till publication do you part. You begin your relationship with an idea that makes you all wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. […]

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Fun with words

As a fellow writer, I thought you would enjoy these. I wish I had written them, but, alas, they arrived in an email. Kudos to the author! Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes? The main reason that Santa is so jolly is because […]

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Adrenaline and writing

Ideas are a shot of adrenaline; they engage our minds, make our spirits soar. An idea travels at the speed of sound. It comes to us in a flash, unfolds just as quickly. It takes us right to the punch line, delivering a vision of our finished work in all its glory — something that shimmers, sparkles, shines, and changes lives. Ideas are all these things and more. Ultimately, however, ideas are, well, just ideas. […]

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The understanding heart

There is much satisfaction in work well done; praise is sweet, but there can be no happiness equal to the joy of finding a heart that understands. — Victor Robinsoll Write to and for that heart. Hear its voice, listen to its needs. Find words to inform and comfort it, and thereby draw it closer to your own.

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Armchair quarterbacking

Sometimes its AOK to be an armchair quarterback, especially when it comes making calls about how you could better use your time. And the best way to do this is to look back over the day or week that has just passed. This process need only take a moment or two; simply take note of where your time has gone, making special note of: * Time wasters (e.g., watching TV, reading the newspaper, cleaning, engaging […]

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How do you reward yourself for reaching a writing goal?

Reaching a goal takes a lot of mental energy, physical energy too (sitting for hours, overworking my fingers, getting too little sleep, etc.). And so the very first thing I do is rest. It’s rest without guilt. In other words, I let myself off the hook for the rest of the day or week. The second thing I do is take myself out for tea or lunch. Sometimes I go by myself, other times I […]

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Promised land

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of the wilderness. — Havelock Ellis As writers, we must walk into the wilderness, using our words as divining rods that lead as to the treasures of the Promised Land, the land where the promise of our work lies.

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