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Well, okay maybe not fame, but I can dream can’t I? A new emag from Australia called Vitality Bulletin has published two of my articles in its premier edition. My pieces are on pages 9-10 and 12-13. On page 3 I’m listed as a Contributing Writer. Cool, huh?

I still get a thrill from seeing my work in print, whether it is online or hard copy. It sounds trite, I know, but we truly are artists. Words are our medium and the internet and print are our canvases. Writing is still fun for me and I hope that I never lose that feeling. Some days it takes all I have to get words down, but once I get done I have a sense of accomplishment. On other days I can write for hours and still be ready to write some more.

Early in my freelance career, which is by confession still very new, I had to learn to let my work go. So much of what I write goes out into the world without my name on it. Web content is pretty much ghost writing and it was hard to know that my work would be claimed by someone else. But I started to look at it as a service that I’m performing. As long as I’m happy with the pay I’ve received for my work, that is what matters.

At first when I was breaking into Freelance writing,  I started with Demand Studios. Yes, I know, you’re thinking Content Mill…but really Demand Studios has high standards. Their editors check your facts and have no patience for plagiarism. Writing for them taught me discipline and the pay is pretty good for the amount of work you have to put into a piece. One of the most important lessons I learned was to use reliable sources. This forced me to find good factual sources for my information and that in turn I believe has made me a better writer.

So, where’s all this going? I have no idea, seems like I was in the mood to wander all of the spectrum this morning. Writers do that ya know…

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Every week Jennifer Stewart of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia sends out a wealth of wisdom and information in her newsletter, Writing Tips.  She includes a bit of humor, well alot of humor, little known word wisdom and there is a link to The Never Ending Story.  You can click on it and add your two cents worth.  Believe me, it is worth it to read the entire story.  The posts are very imaginative and quite funny.  I plan to put my spin on poor Dr Morgenes adventures soon.  Go ahead, do it!

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Did you do NaNoWriMo? I did and I didn’t get to the goal of 50,000 words. Not even close. But I did gain some insight on the creative process. Some nights I got in the groove and was really sailing along. Sparkling dialouge, wonderful syntax, excellent descriptions-it was all good. Other nights it was like trying to squeeze an elephant through a keyhole. Nothing sounded good and I had to really fight the urge to edit as I was writing. My mantra was, “just write, just write”. Now I do have a fairly cohesive story that I could take futher and make something of. Isn’t that the whole reason we put ourselves through a month of stress and fun?

Anne Wayman pointed us to a very good article on Men With Pens about NaNoWriMo. It’s titled, Did You Reach Your NaNoWriMo Goal? Like Anne, it did make me feel better about my effort. Now I’m off to continue my saga and do some very needed edits.

 

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Nano coming up soon!

November is Nanowrimo month. Have you ever tried to write a novel in a month? Go to this website and give it a try, http://www.nanowrimo.org. You create an account and upload your wordcount each day. Don’t worry about plot, correct grammer or anyone judging you. It’s all about unfiltered freewriting fun. Look for me, my user name is ChikPMcGee.

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