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I Have to Learn to ‘Take’ Positive Critique

10. July 2009

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I Have to Learn to ‘Take’ Positive Critique

I’ve always shirked critique of any kind. Being of a very sensitive and shy nature in real life, any attempts at providing some ‘rooms for improvement’ have resulted in my withdrawing away and worrying over my absolute failures in all-things-life for days on end. It came out on all my school reports also. I’m not [...]

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101 Bumper Sticker Phrases for Writers

15. February 2009

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101 Bumper Sticker Phrases for Writers

I don’t know whatever happened to bumper stickers around here. Perhaps they were overtaken by the capability to apply witty catchphrases to T-shirts rather than the mud-splashed rears of our automobiles. I went looking for some of those phrases, anyway, in case I personally wanted to use them on my own set of products sold [...]

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Purchase Recommended Books or The Naked Writer Cartoons

13. February 2009

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Purchase Recommended Books or The Naked Writer Cartoons

I have great pleasure in announcing that I now have two stores available. Juiced on Writing has both an aStore (Amazon store) with my most recommended books and other products, and from today, a Cafe Press store, offering some of my favourite The Naked Writer cartoons on products including T-Shirts and journals.

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Even the Sound of ‘Procrastination’ Makes Me Want to Muck Around

12. February 2009

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Even the Sound of ‘Procrastination’ Makes Me Want to Muck Around

The sound of the word ‘procrastination’ just makes me want to procrastinate. It’s five syllables for a start. If sitting there, with the sudden realisation that I am, indeed, in the middle of a mugmire* of procrastination, it takes me a further several moments to sound the name out in my own head. Pro-crast-i-na-tion. Say [...]

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Writing Personally

10. February 2009

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Writing Personally

Today has been one of those days for me when I just wish I could crawl back into bed, and request the ‘start over’ option. For the last four hours I’ve suffered from computer problems, internet problems, and now printer problems. Without having a resolution for the final difficulty, I now look back and see [...]

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The 57 Rules for Writers

4. February 2009

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The 57 Rules for Writers

Every writer has seen these before, so why not again? I thought it worthwhile publishing these again for myself mainly. As I enter into an editing / revision stage I find myself worrying over grammar and punctuation, whether speech is acceptable with double speech marks, or not. Over what is a dangling participle, or isn’t. [...]

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I Told Somebody I Write the Other Day…

29. January 2009

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I Told Somebody I Write the Other Day…

Writing as an Un-Mentionable I told somebody I write the other day. That person was outside of my immediate family. And they didn’t laugh in my face, or pretend I’d not said it. Perhaps that person is distant enough from me, to be impressed, unlike those who are closer acquaintances, and perhaps think they know [...]

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I’m Saving the Word ‘Jobler’

27. January 2009

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I’m Saving the Word ‘Jobler’

Jobler noun One who does small jobs This seems to fit, and is perfect for my odd-job personality both in writing and external work. The Oxford University Press is trying to reverse the trend which sees words being dropped from the dictionary every year from dis-use. You can adopt your own word at Savethewords.org. The [...]

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The Ecological Warrior, er, Writer

27. January 2009

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The Ecological Warrior, er, Writer

As a New Zealander, I was brought up to always consider the environment. In my childhood, tourism and horticulture were big commodities in my home country – and to maintain both we were enveloped as children in a doctrine to ‘look after’ our environment, watch out for fires, to not litter, to not waste. We [...]

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Writer’s Anthem

27. January 2009

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Writer’s Anthem

Why does writing have to be so silent? Music for writers, the Writer’s Anthem (this is the vocals version) has been released on YouTube. The anthem without vocals has just been released also this week – if you like the background tune. If you’re a writer, go ahead and grab your pen now Take your [...]

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