Blogging University: Writing 101 Starts Soon!

I'm so excited to have a chance to participate in our soon-to-start June Writing 101 class! Interested? Of course you are! Here's more info just in case: Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit, publish posts that mesh with your blog’s focus, and push you a bit … Continue reading Blogging University: Writing 101 Starts Soon!

Rev Up Your Writing with the Blogging U. Challenge

Need a little jumpstart to build a writing habit, or some help and camaraderie in what can sometimes be a lonely endeavor? Check out Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Get ready…it starts June 2.

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Lots of us start blogs with the intention of writing regularly, but quickly find ourselves struggling to sit down at the keyboard. Cultivating a consistent writing habit isn’t as easy as starting a blog — but we can help!

Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit, publish posts that mesh with your blog’s focus, and push you a bit as a writer. It’s also a great way to make new friends and find new favorite reads. All bloggers are welcome, whether you use WordPress.com, are self-hosted, or use another platform entirely.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll post a new writing assignment just for Writing 101 each weekday in June on The Daily Post. Assignments will publish at 10:00 AM EST (14:00 PM GMT). You can follow The Daily Post to get assignment notifications.
  • There are no weekend assignments — you’re…

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Why You Procrastinate and What to Do About It

Let's face it - we all procrastinate at times, some of us more often than others. I've been a procrastinator ever since I was able to pronounce the word. More than once, this habit has landed me in hot water, usually resulting in unnecessary stress. Like the time I had to write a term paper … Continue reading Why You Procrastinate and What to Do About It

A Dash of Inspiration – and 3 e-books – from WordPress.com

I follow Hot Off the Press, WordPress.com's blog, and today, a post popped up that I thought I would pass along. Need a little help with establishing a writing routine, or just need some topics to write about? Perhaps you're interested in photo-blogging? Maybe you'd like more people to find your blog and read it … Continue reading A Dash of Inspiration – and 3 e-books – from WordPress.com

Lonely Negative Words

Have you ever wondered why we can be discombobulated but not combobulated? Or how about why we can be disgruntled, but not gruntled? If so, then we have something in common! We're both word nerds. Be proud! For an interesting look at lonely negative words (negative words with no positive or neutral counterpart), check out … Continue reading Lonely Negative Words

The Science of Great Ideas

I came across an interesting look at the science behind creative ideas and thought I would pass it along. The article also references one of my favorite books on the topic, A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. Young was an ad man from the Mad Men era who fully believed that you … Continue reading The Science of Great Ideas

Real Artists Ship

Back in the early 1980s, the Apple Macintosh was behind schedule and the project team was close to burning out when Steve Jobs wrote on a nearby easel "Real Artists Ship." Why did he write that and what did he mean? Well, of course, he wanted the project team to finish (and finish on time … Continue reading Real Artists Ship

I’ve Been Published!

It's a Crime

Several months ago, I took a deep breath and a chance and submitted a short story to a contest sponsored by Florida Writers Association. This marked the first time I've ever participated in a writing contest or submitted anything for publication. I have a hard enough time just letting people read my stories that the … Continue reading I’ve Been Published!