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Is it July again? I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off. While I’m relaxing, please visit the writing tips area of my blog or check out The Writer’s Lexicon. I’ll continue to share older posts via Facebook and Twitter. …
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An unknown author once said that everyone smiles in the same language. An encouraging smile might comfort a mourner or urge a child to take a first step. A scornful smile might raise the dander of a political opponent or …
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Your first mental image when thinking about lips or mouths might be a passionate kiss. Percy Bysshe Shelley said “Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.” However, lips and mouths are more than kissing (or eating) machines. This post provides hundreds …
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In today’s guest post, novelist Lakota Grace explains how she increases her productivity and perseverance, and she shares several links that can help every writer do the same. — In the past five years, I’ve produced five books from scratch, …
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Here are seventeen ways writers and poets can prevent people from becoming (or remaining) their friends on Facebook. Many of these no-nos also apply to Twitter and other social media. No-no #1: Send a friend request even though you don’t …
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In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge penned the following verse: Ah! well a-day! what evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung. Coleridge employed symbolism …
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Congratulations! The winner of autographed copies of both volumes of The Writer’s Lexicon is John M. Donovan. About John: With a keen ear for dialogue and a commitment to exploring timeless themes, John M. Donovan offers thoughtful and entertaining novels …
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Fire, flames, inferno … Since ancient times, humans have known about fire. We have feared it, welcomed its warmth, and harnessed its power. John Wesley said that if you catch on fire, people will come for miles to see you …
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Would you like to share valuable information with fellow writers and poets? I’m looking for occasional guest bloggers. Send me the following: Two links to articles you’ve already written. The articles may be on other author blogs or your own …
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Ears often play a role in fiction. Heraclitus said that the eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears. However, ears play a role in fiction, a role that can’t be replaced by eyes. Envision a nosy neighbor behind a …
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