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Writing A Book Series In 3 Fast and Easy Steps

My friend and mentor, Kristen Joy (The Book Ninja), helped me so much to get my new book series out
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7 Ways To Get Past Writer’s Block

Oh me, oh my! My writer’s well has sure run dry. Now what? Suggestions for outsmarting writer’s block.

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Author’s program note. Sooner or later EVERY writer will face the ordeal of the blank page and come up with — nothing! At such a moment, you may well fall victim to malaise, running the spectrum from anxious to suicidal. The longer the seizure lasts, the worst these reactions will be, until one completely miserable day you reckon you can never write another word again… and this can bring on not only sadness but a kind of death from which, like the real thing, there is no escape.

To help you through this situation when it inevitably occurs, I am going to pack this article with one practical suggestion after another. You may not need them now; may not need them for a decade. But keep this article readily at hand for when you do.

First suggestion. Use a special song to raise your mood and get you moving.

Have a song easily available that makes you want to surge. I have a list of favorites, all selected for their proven ability to lift my spirits and put me in the mood to give something to humanity, something like the project I’m currently writing. “Maniac” from the 2001 film “Flashdance” featuring Michael Sembello always works. I indulge myself, acting kid crazy as everything conduces to get you…. your brain…. and your prose flowing again. You’ll find this song in any search engine… turn it on, let yourself go, until you feel the unstoppable energy that this kind of insistent music delivers.

Second suggestion. The minute you get nervous, frustrated, flustered, hot under the collar, STOP and STOP at once.

The worst thing you can do is force yourself to write. Not only will the quality of what you’re writing be tainted, but you’ll hurt yourself and begin to think the writing game is not worth the candle, the worst possible conclusion.

This particular advice can be very difficult to follow. After all, you’ve been productive before and aim to be productive again just as soon as possible. Surely, if you force yourself to write you can push the blockage to one side and flow, right? Instead, sit down at your writing desk, write as much as you can that flows naturally. Stop when the flow ceases…

… even if you’ve only managed to write a single word. Pushing yourself during a block never works positively and can easily affect your self-esteem and self-confidence when the push doesn’t work.

Third Suggestion. Keep your regular writing hours, even if you cannot write your name on the page just now.

Good habits are the key to good, constant, always flowing writing. Thus, it is important during draught days to do the precise things you did during the fat days. What you produce may not be substantial — yet. But even if you find yourself in the position of Oscar Wilde (“in the morning I put in a comma; in the afternoon I took it out again.”) that won’t matter. Why? Because the most productive writers are like Pavlov’s dogs… trained to write whilst in your sanctified writer’s place.

Fourth Suggestion. Still stalled? Do this!

First of all, notice I use the word “stalled” to describe your current unproductive situation. It is a word that implies you were moving and the problem being solved you will regain your accustomed outcome… and peace of mind.

Thus, when stalled do this… Take a walk around the park (if you’re lucky enough like me to have one right out the front door, so much the better). Find yourself a shaded bench where the view is congenial. Take out the pad and paper every writer must always carry; select an object and — describe it, fully, completely, without leaving anything out of your description… writing not only factually but with as much lyric beauty as you can draw from the “dry” well at the moment.

The simple task of describing the flower bed at your feet starts the productive juices flowing… even if you’re able, just now, to write only a single word (tree) with just one adjective (green). The thousand mile journey starts with the single step; yours starts with a single word… and any word will do.

Fifth Suggestion. Copy a page of another’s prose… to get you moving.

Nothing happening so far to get your stalled skills working productively again? No worries! Take a passage from a favorite book or article, open a file and enter this text. As you do, engaging brain and nimble fingers, you’re performing a function all prose writers regularly do, in my case almost daily, that is entering reference material.

When you’ve finished so entering a block of text, go on and comment on what you’ve entered. What was good about the passage entered, what was bad, what inspired, what underwhelmed? In just a minute or two, you’re writing… perhaps not yet up to your usual level. But what of that? Your creative faculties are working; your imagination is working, your fingers are working… and soon the flow of new ideas, new insights, new observations and new perceptions will be working, perhaps even better than before.

Sixth Suggestion. Read from your own prose.

Far too many writers fail to read their prose aloud. This is bad for several reasons, including to make sure all sentences are balanced, harmonious, with every word the right word. Merely reading your prose cannot deliver the optimum result; reading aloud can.

Thus, pick up the first page of anything you’ve written, not necessarily lately either. When you’ve finished reciting this page, sit down at your computer and write a second page to accompany what you’ve already written and read. Again, by positively positioning yourself and doing your usual tasks, you ease back into your stride and the production and presentation of the right words in the right order.

And if none of this works?

Seventh Suggestion. Close, relax, start again tomorrow.

With the best will in the world and the diligent adherence to these recommendations, your block may not end in a day, a week or even a month. Thus must you continue to implement these suggestions even when they may not be immediately helpful.

Therefore, begin each writing day as you always have, at your usual time, and with your usual matutinal rites. Do not skip a single one. Similarly eat at the usual times; run your usual errands in the usual way. And above all, close your shop at the usual time with the usual activities, such as preparing reference materials for next day usage. Never stay up late forcing yourself every step of the way; that may well have been a contributing factor to the blockage in the first place.

Guaranteed results.

Follow these steps, and I guarantee your days of obstacles, impediments, blocks and absolutely no progress will be history soon enough. Moreover, because you have experienced what is often a terrifying situation, you are better prepared to see it coming and take immediate action to overcome it. Once you do, dance the “Maniac” gyrations for yourself. They’ll put you in just the right frame of mind to produce that Niagara of high energy language, the kind your readers are thrilled you never stop writing and always produce so predictably and so well.

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 60 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

 

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a success. Connect with Dr. Lant at www.drjeffreylant.com

[Video] Must See For All Writers – Ray Bradbury on The Joy of Writing

I was totally blown away from this video of Ray Bradbury giving important tips of the joy and wonder of writing. You can see he had a total love of writing and is very inspiring to bringing out that love of writing in others, perhaps you too. Check it out and please let me know what you think in the comment box below. Wonderful advice from a truly amazing and gifted writer. Feel the love…

 

For more writing tips from another very gifted writer, Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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Your Blocked, Experiencing a Creative Slowdown? Easy Ways to Get Past Writer’s Block

writers block picThis term “Writer’s Block” gets kicked around quite a bit.

Have you experienced it?

Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at what may be stopping your creative juices from flowing.

Here’s 3 things from Goinswriter, to look at for the cause of your block

  • Timing: It’s simply not the right time to write. Your ideas may need to stew a little longer before writing them down.
  • Fear: Many writers struggle with being afraid, with putting their ideas (and themselves) out there for everyone to see and critique. Fear is a major reason some writers never become writers.
  • Perfectionism: You want everything to be just right before you ever put pen to paper or touch a keyboard. You try to get it perfect in your head and never do, so you never begin

See the complete article with their solution for clearing the block at the source Goinswriter

That being said I think “writer’s block” is just a term and really easy to get past if you remain energetic and ready for whenever the block lifts.

Here’s some ideas for outsmarting your writer’s block from Dr. Jeffrey Lant, a man who’s written more words than Shakespeare!

Author’s program note. Sooner or later EVERY writer will face the ordeal of the blank page and come up with — nothing! At such a moment, you may well fall victim to malaise, running the spectrum from anxious to suicidal. The longer the seizure lasts, the worst these reactions will be, until one completely miserable day you reckon you can never write another word again… and this can bring on not only sadness but a kind of death from which, like the real thing, there is no escape.

To help you through this situation when it inevitably occurs, I am going to pack this article with one practical suggestion after another. You may not need them now; may not need them for a decade. But keep this article readily at hand for when you do.

First suggestion. Use a special song to raise your mood and get you moving.

Have a song easily available that makes you want to surge. I have a list of favorites, all selected for their proven ability to lift my spirits and put me in the mood to give something to humanity, something like the project I’m currently writing. “Maniac” from the 2001 film “Flashdance” featuring Michael Sembello always works. I indulge myself, acting kid crazy as everything conduces to get you…. your brain…. and your prose flowing again. You’ll find this song in any search engine… turn it on, let yourself go, until you feel the unstoppable energy that this kind of insistent music delivers.

Second suggestion. The minute you get nervous, frustrated, flustered, hot under the collar, STOP and STOP at once.

The worst thing you can do is force yourself to write. Not only will the quality of what you’re writing be tainted, but you’ll hurt yourself and begin to think the writing game is not worth the candle, the worst possible conclusion.

This particular advice can be very difficult to follow. After all, you’ve been productive before and aim to be productive again just as soon as possible. Surely, if you force yourself to write you can push the blockage to one side and flow, right? Instead, sit down at your writing desk, write as much as you can that flows naturally. Stop when the flow ceases…

… even if you’ve only managed to write a single word. Pushing yourself during a block never works positively and can easily affect your self-esteem and self-confidence when the push doesn’t work.

Third Suggestion. Keep your regular writing hours, even if you cannot write your name on the page just now.

Good habits are the key to good, constant, always flowing writing. Thus, it is important during draught days to do the precise things you did during the fat days. What you produce may not be substantial — yet. But even if you find yourself in the position of Oscar Wilde (“in the morning I put in a comma; in the afternoon I took it out again.”) that won’t matter. Why? Because the most productive writers are like Pavlov’s dogs… trained to write whilst in your sanctified writer’s place.

Fourth Suggestion. Still stalled? Do this!

First of all, notice I use the word “stalled” to describe your current unproductive situation. It is a word that implies you were moving and the problem being solved you will regain your accustomed outcome… and peace of mind.

Thus, when stalled do this… Take a walk around the park (if you’re lucky enough like me to have one right out the front door, so much the better). Find yourself a shaded bench where the view is congenial. Take out the pad and paper every writer must always carry; select an object and — describe it, fully, completely, without leaving anything out of your description… writing not only factually but with as much lyric beauty as you can draw from the “dry” well at the moment.

The simple task of describing the flower bed at your feet starts the productive juices flowing… even if you’re able, just now, to write only a single word (tree) with just one adjective (green). The thousand mile journey starts with the single step; yours starts with a single word… and any word will do.

Fifth Suggestion. Copy a page of another’s prose… to get you moving.

Nothing happening so far to get your stalled skills working productively again? No worries! Take a passage from a favorite book or article, open a file and enter this text. As you do, engaging brain and nimble fingers, you’re performing a function all prose writers regularly do, in my case almost daily, that is entering reference material.

When you’ve finished so entering a block of text, go on and comment on what you’ve entered. What was good about the passage entered, what was bad, what inspired, what underwhelmed? In just a minute or two, you’re writing… perhaps not yet up to your usual level. But what of that? Your creative faculties are working; your imagination is working, your fingers are working… and soon the flow of new ideas, new insights, new observations and new perceptions will be working, perhaps even better than before.

Sixth Suggestion. Read from your own prose.

Far too many writers fail to read their prose aloud. This is bad for several reasons, including to make sure all sentences are balanced, harmonious, with every word the right word. Merely reading your prose cannot deliver the optimum result; reading aloud can.

Thus, pick up the first page of anything you’ve written, not necessarily lately either. When you’ve finished reciting this page, sit down at your computer and write a second page to accompany what you’ve already written and read. Again, by positively positioning yourself and doing your usual tasks, you ease back into your stride and the production and presentation of the right words in the right order.

And if none of this works?

Seventh Suggestion. Close, relax, start again tomorrow.

With the best will in the world and the diligent adherence to these recommendations, your block may not end in a day, a week or even a month. Thus must you continue to implement these suggestions even when they may not be immediately helpful.

Therefore, begin each writing day as you always have, at your usual time, and with your usual matutinal rites. Do not skip a single one. Similarly eat at the usual times; run your usual errands in the usual way. And above all, close your shop at the usual time with the usual activities, such as preparing reference materials for next day usage. Never stay up late forcing yourself every step of the way; that may well have been a contributing factor to the blockage in the first place.

Guaranteed results.

Follow these steps, and I guarantee your days of obstacles, impediments, blocks and absolutely no progress will be history soon enough. Moreover, because you have experienced what is often a terrifying situation, you are better prepared to see it coming and take immediate action to overcome it. Once you do, dance the “Maniac” gyrations for yourself. They’ll put you in just the right frame of mind to produce that Niagara of high energy language, the kind your readers are thrilled you never stop writing and always produce so predictably and so well.

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 50 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

More can be found on Dr. Lant on his author page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreylant/

Get a FREE Copy of “How to Be a Writer Who Makes Money, Flies High and Dazzles the Folks Back Home. Oh Yeah!” by Dr.Jeffrey Lant Get Your FREE Copy CLICK HERE

Excerpts from “In My Own Voice. Reading from My Collected Works” Vol. 1

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Tune in to Dr. Jeffrey Lant Introducing his brand series

“In My Own Voice.  Reading from My Collected Works.” below and read from the introduction of this fabulous new series.

Excerpts from  Vol. 1 Introduction

Each of us, in our individual lives, has a moment or two of epiphany. That is to say, a moment of surpassing importance and significance. Mine took place along the hot and sticky asphalt streets of summertime Downers Grove, Illinois.

 

You could follow my progress by the skid marks in the asphalt. Chances are, I was on my way to the library. There was a perfectly logical reason for this speed into the metropolis, and that was the fact that it was one of the few buildings in the community that was air conditioned. Therefore, it needs no explanation from me. Everyone in the state of Illinois knows the peril of that temperature, and the need to escape it.

 

My mother had begun taking me to the library very early in my life. I was such a regular participant in the programs and readings the librarians delivered, that I had my own chair with my own name, rather like a Hollywood producer, “Ladd”.

 

I was voracious about stories, could never get enough of them, and was always grateful to be advised on their presentation and explanation. In this way, the librarians came to present me with readings from the great poets… people like Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg.

 

I can well remember being told by the ladies one day that they had a present for me… and so they stationed me in a rather dark, gray room, everything cool to the touch, and turned on their latest acquisition.

 

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long. — You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan’t be gone long. — You come too.

 

“The Pasture”, Robert Frost (1915)

 

I played this poem so often, each time hearing a little more of its author, the often irritated and irascible Robert Frost. I like the way he rolled those three little words: “you come too.” Only he didn’t pronounce it like that. Great poets have great eccentricities, and his were encapsuled in his rendering of these three words. Thus “ah you come too”. It was a call to come and be sociable, come and share, come and see your neighborhood and everything in it.

 

So powerful and so unfading were these words that when Robert Frost’s Cambridge home came on the market, I almost bought it, just so that I could sit in the parlor and read my envious friends from the poet’s ghost that resided there with all its poems, just for me.

 

Now, I have the opportunity to read my own works… to you, and hope that you will hear just how personal they are, and how each one, so powerfully written, touches your heart, because that is what I aim for.

 

This book contains five of my favorite essays… the one that I wrote when I turned 65; the one bringing you inside a great nor’easter; the one detailing the foolish hijinx of Captain Owen Honors, United States Navy; the one detailing the turbulent life of Amy Winehouse, a warning if there ever was one; and finally, one about the Andrews Sisters… three girls who kept America jumping throughout its greatest war, and reminded us what we were fighting for.

 

I have a special word for all you young people reading these essays. You have so many media choices that you may well overlook the importance and value of hearing authors read from their own works. This is something you need to do… you need to hear what they write, in their own way, and you need to recite what they write in your own way. If you cannot do this, you will miss so much of the pleasure of both author and reader.

 

And this special note to you library ladies: you did me such a life-changing favor so many years ago. Now, I want you to take what I have written, what I have recited here, and pass on the importance of the writers voice for the next generation, and the next after that.

 

And now without further ado, the first chapter of this book. Read the text along with the video, then read it again, until you are as expert in my quirks and foibles as I am myself.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Lant

From The Red Drawing Room

Cambridge, Massachusetts

August 2016

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 50 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

More can be found on Dr. Lant on his author page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreylant/

A Gift from Dr. Jeffrey Lant to help all writers Master the Art of Writing

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Ready to Get Writing Then “Oh Darn I Need My …” Checklist of What Writers Need.

blue room preparing to writeWriters #1 priority should be having a space just for writing.

When you go there you want to let it be know that you are there to write and you want  no disturbances.

That would include disturbances from the phone ringing, notices of messages coming in, etc.

Once you have that all taken care of and you settle down to start writing there is another thing that would disturb your writing –

Not having everything you need handy.

Remedy –

Checklist of 7 things to make sure you have handy when preparing to write. You may consider writing out your own personal checklist to go over before you get down to writing.

  1. Writing tool in good repair that are reliable and accessible. Think pen, pencil and eraser. Paper, notepads and notebooks. Computer, Laptop or Netbook. Let’s not forget our dictionaries and thesaurus.
  2.  Clothing – Keep a sweater or shawl handy for if you’re feeling chilly, your favorite bunny slippers to keep your toes comfy or perhaps wear layers that you can take off if the temperature is rising.
  3.  Have your favorite drink handy and some water.
  4.  If you need munchies to keep you going have then at the ready.
  5.  Have all your research material together so you not hunting it down.
  6.  Gather your inspiration around you. Here’s a nice list that Writing With Mom put together “What starts a story out for you? Is it a conversation with a cousin? Seeing old photos? A daily prompt from a book or webpage you like? How about your journal, or the writings or possessions of a family member–an heirloom that you admire in a case, or use everyday. For some it’s a place, a date or an occasion. Others write methodically from a task list. They have a neat outline of what they want to say and can go down the list working one subject at a time and feeling a great deal of accomplishment. Some look for contests or open calls for submissions and can write inspired by the given topic. Maybe it’s something you notice on the ground, the funny title of a book, or a childhood memory. Pinpoint your inspirations and gather them up.” See more of her list of writer’s needs at the source: Writing With Mom
  7. Organizational tools – file folders to keep all your writing in, including notes (never throw anything out until your project is totally complete). This is for your hard copy and have each separate writing project kept organized in it’s own file and saved in Google Docs or whatever cloud storage you use, on your computer, flash drives. Make sure you have a backup file for anything stored on your computer.

Okay there’s a beginning for you now get your own personal checklist together for disturbance free writing.

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Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing with These 5 Easy Ideas

facebook pic ABCs for writersABC’s for writers is Always Be Creating

Time to get those creative juices flowing!

Here’s 5 things that help my juices flow   Going for a walk in nature

  • Having a relaxing soak in the tub ( my hot tub is outdoors) or a shower – get you singing!
  • Brainstorm with a friend
  • Paint a picture, totally freestyle, color or doodle
  • Go for a long drive down a scenic route

What works for you? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment box below.

Now the juices are flowing here’s some help to take your writing up a notch –

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Excerpt from Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 “Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”

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Excerpts from Volume 2 in the Writer’s Secrets Series

“Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IG0PC9E

This series has has been developing for a very long time, for over fifty years in fact.

Dr. Jeffrey Lant has an extraordinary online writing course which compliments this Writer’s Secrets Series. In it, you’ll learn how to write the kind of meaningful prose you desire.

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Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 – Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know

INTRODUCTION
Lucky you! You have arrived at the rest of your life. What you
learn in this chapter you can use and profit from every single
day you remain alert and willing to learn. In short, we here
today begin your great adventure.

Barbra Streisand has a signature tune that goes like this…
“People who need people are the luckiest people in the
world” (from the film “Funny Girl”, 1968). And this applies
especially to writers, for everything we write will be almost
entirely, if not exclusively, about people.

In this chapter, I’m going to give you the essence of what it
takes for you to rise high and triumph as a writer. Let us begin
at the beginning, as a writer about people and their multifarious
activities.

To begin this chapter, I suggest that you read the five portrait
articles I have written and included in this book… about Abigail
van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel, Elizabeth Taylor, and
Pete Seeger. If you do, my comments will be more
understandable and useful to you. I have written hundreds of
profiles, ranging from the completely unknown subjects, to the
household names. Indeed, I am one of the major profile writers
of my generation. I want to pass on my mantle to you. It is worth
having.

To begin at the beginning.

As I have said to you before, the actual physical act of writing
should be the last thing you do to succeed as a writer. Good,
solid preparation skills are required. Start by reading each day,
a standard metropolitan newspaper. In it, you will discover
thousands of names and stories. Some are obscure, some of
transitory interest, others of cosmic significance.

Your job is to be totally at ease with humanity, to the extent that
you are bold, and even audacious. Your job is to understand
completely all aspects of humanity in all of its manifestations…
good, bad, but never indifferent.

Make it a point, each day, and I do mean every day, to read
through every kind of story and determine which ones would be
of the greatest interest to the greatest number of people, and
which can benefit from your peculiar “eye”.

You may ask, ‘What is an eye?’ Simply this: it is the inner
compass that enables you to immediately determine the value,
standing, and significance of any particular person or subject.
In short, what is worth writing about, who is worth writing about,
and what or who deserves to be dismissed, without further ado.

In any given day, by following this methodology, you will find
one to ten new subjects you can write about. I have a scientific
way about dealing with these potential leads. I take a pair of
scissors and a big box. I put my newspaper page over the box,
and cut out the articles which promise to become, in my
practiced manner, my next articles, hence, my next successes.

My aim at this point is clear and simple: which people and
subjects are of the greatest importance and value, interest, and
excitement. In other words, how can I influence the greatest
number of people, get the greatest possible response, and let
us not forget, the most money. For one way or another, there
must always be that.

Your job is to keep looking for subjects every day of your life,
until your box, no matter what its size, is overflowing with
possibilities. And when I say overflowing, I mean precisely
that. I have drawers in my office filled with ancient clippings for
articles which are still (mostly) relevant to write.

Next, review your clippings and prioritize the subjects you want
to write about. I advise you to write about subjects which have
a long shelf life. For example, presidents of the United States
and other high political figures of nations worldwide, movie stars
with proven careers, or ones that look likely to succeed.

Write too, about legislators of note, and scientists who are
engaged in momentous tasks.

Write too, about sports figures, particularly those who look like
a good long term investment. Think also of authors, and your
fellow writers. Think of people who are on the cutting edge of
any aspect of human affairs. Who is looking out for aliens in
outer space? And who is rushing ahead with a microscope and
a microbe, destined to change the world?

Keep in mind, that any individual person, given the precise set of
circumstances, is worthy of your pen. Remember, writers do not
merely report, we are visionaries. We see beyond the present
realities, and hoist our colors to any significant mast. We do not
merely report the news, that is for lesser souls, we explain the
news and the people who make it.

Now let us look at aspects of the five articles I have provided in
this volume on –

Abigail van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel and Pete Seeger

 

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“How to write About Famous People You Know”

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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He choose this topic because as he writes

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because once you master this, you will be able to gain
access and commendable results from any famous person
in the universe.

You will never say, if you have ever said, and might truly say,
that you have nothing to write about… like a woman going to
a closet full of gowns and saying “I have nothing to wear”. You
will never say again, having mastered this chapter, that you have
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Of Dialogue and Characters

One of the best tips I was given in developing a character is to talk to them. Not just chatter but real conversations that bring out what type of person that character might be.  It can shows how they think, shows personality traits. If you can get past feeling this is kinda crazy, it can really help make your characters  come alive, with more depth.

I was reading an excellent article over at Writer’s Digest on “Rewriting the 7 Rules of Dialog” which showed how you can use dialog to reveal your characters.

Here’s what they had to say, ”

“In real life we talk in spurts, in jumbles, in bursts and wipeouts and mumbles and murmurs and grunts as we try to formulate our thoughts. We stumble and correct ourselves. We pause and reflect. We backtrack. We wander into tangents, and then get back to the point.

It’s often said that on the page, good dialogue doesn’t do the same thing. But I disagree.

Tangents reveal character traits and priorities. If dialogue is too focused and direct, it’ll become predictable. Readers want to see the motivations, the quirks, the uniqueness of each character. The prudent use of digressions can add texture to a story.

People don’t always respond to what was said or to the questions they’re asked. They interrupt, change the subject, and attempt to stay on their pre-determined course even after the conversation has taken a turn in a different direction.

“How come it’s so hot out here?”

“It’s supposed to hit 90 today. Hey, listen, do you want some lemonade?”

“Ninety? Man, I hate this. Remind me why we left Maine in the first place.”

“Ninety’s not so bad. So, lemonade?”

Even in this brief exchange, multiple conversations are taking place. They overlap, reveal the character’s attitudes and add verisimilitude to what’s being said.

At times you’ll want your dialogue to pool off into tributaries. This doesn’t mean it’s unfocused or random, but rather that it’s layered with meaning to show the goals of the characters, the social context of the conversation and the subtext that’s present in the scene.”

Another good point  Steven James, the man who wrote the guest post bought forth was:

Although in real life people speak primarily to impart information, in fiction a conversation is not simply a way for something to be expressed—it’s a way for something to be overcome. As you’re writing, rather than asking yourself, “What does this character need to say?” ask, “What does this character need to accomplish?”

Check out the complete article over at the source, Writer’s Digest

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