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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions writes about the publish or perish obsession writers have and how hers began in 2nd grade.

Publish or Perish: A second-grader’s perspective

One day while reading my 2nd grade Weekly Reader, I came across an article about a 6-year-old girl who had published a book of poetry. Because she didn’t know how, literally, to write, she dictated the poems to her mother. (“Yo, mom, take down this sonnet!) Voila! — she became a published author. I don’t remember the girl’s name, I do remember thinking: “Oh no! I’m seven and I still haven’t published!” Embarrassingly, I continued to utter […]

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How do you deal with naysayers?

Honestly? Well, first I get angry at them, do the whole “what-an-idiot” routine. Then I cower a bit, thinking they know better than me somehow. Then I pretend they don’t bother me, even though they seem to occupy every square inch of my mind. Then I seek out someone I love so I feel loved. Then I start thinking more clearly and objectively (often, about how he/she truly is an idiot). Then I start all […]

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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.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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6 things every writer needs

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 […]

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Workshops, Me-shops

I’ve been writing since I was seven and publishing since my twenties. During that time I’ve taken numerous workshops on how to write query letters and proposals, short stories and novels. I did so to learn more about my craft. I’d never taken one to learn more about myself. That changed three weeks ago. I was at my computer, fingers scrambling to make yet another deadline, when a line came to me, a lovely, magical […]

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Take to the seas

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. — Unknown Not all writing projects require an expert’s background or touch. All, however, must take to the seas, to go with and, if need be, against the flow if they are to arrive at a distant yet inviting shore.

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