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Are You A Dutiful Writer..?

December 6, 2013
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Dutiful – definition: filled with or motivated by a sense of duty

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Dutiful writer

Writing about 2,000 words in three hours every morning, ‘Casino Royale’ dutifully produced itself. I wrote nothing and made no corrections until the book was finished. If I had looked back at what I had written the day before I might have despaired. Ian Fleming

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/

http://ollinmorales.com/2012/12/26/schedule/

Please visit these links – great tips.

I must admit I do not have a set schedule although having to submit a blog post every day and creating a prompt every Saturday does take some organizing. I do try to write at least five days a week, even if it is only a short response to a prompt or a revision to a current project.  My target for 2014 will be a more ‘structured’ writing week to include more freelance opportunities. I am still pondering the frequency of my blog posts and the theme. Writing just when the muse whispers would probably not be as productive as having a schedule but we have to balance when we are inspired as well. My initial thought is – Monday and Friday evenings split between editing my current and previous manuscript and commenting on fellow writers projects. Wednesday evenings focus on freelance work, promotion and submissions. Saturday prompt onto writing website – http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com and Sunday creating blog posts for the following week. Will I keep to this or refine it? Who knows…it is after all a work in progress.

What is your writing schedule? Do you have one?

Any tips for keeping dutiful?

Just as a side note I’m keeping myself warm today – weather warnings in affect – we have a -40 wind chill – flesh freezes in 10 minutes! Keep warm and safe everyone.

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Inconsequential ..? I Don’t Think So…

June 12, 2013
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Inconsequential – definition: of little or no importance : insignificant

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In the grand scheme of things we are insignificant to the majority of the population of the world. However, if we believe this within a more local perspective, it can block the opportunities awaiting us. Being open to prospects in whatever form they present themselves, can, and doe,s widen our ‘range’.

Take for example an email sent to my writers group late last year. The local council asked if a creative writer could assist them in structuring a new vision statement.  I was the only one to offer her services, surprisingly. To cut a long story short, I worked with a consultant and a new vision was produced. My reward, apart from the fee, was to attend the unveiling at a very posh luncheon and to receive a personal thank you letter from the Mayor. If I had not offered my services none of this would have happened. Sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and go for it.

Since then I have written several articles on behalf of non-profit organisations and am always on the look out for the next request. I even made a desk plaque which says New Opportunities.

So why not take some advice from the quote below and understand each person has a significant affect on those around them. It may be a small part of the world we effect but that is all right. After all we can not be everything to everyone.

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Do you keep your options open?

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