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12/14/16 3:42 P

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Well today filled up two big jars with stuff for the grand kids. They also get money but love to look and see what I put in the jars. So all I need to do is make those xmas cookies gd loves.
I also make canoli. The wine and tonic is up my son's house already for the family party, so we don't have to bring it up if it snows. I have to remember presents for my sil, bil and great nice, and bring up cho marshmallows.

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Thursday: Dinner with writer's group
Friday: Preparation for holiday party
Saturday: Holiday celebration with family
Sunday: recovering from weekend
Monday: dinner with college roommate
Tuesday: Son's band concert (though I did get some editing done)

Almost of full week of stuff keeping me from writing!





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11/25/16 4:20 P

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Good luck on it.

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11/24/16 4:57 P

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I did already contact Diabetes Forecast editors and have the answer back from them already. Working up the article to send there first.

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11/22/16 1:39 P

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Now start surfing for health magazines and contact editors.

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11/21/16 5:44 P

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Mamie,

That's a great idea....but where I am at, I am the subject matter expert. I have all the material I need now. The few little bursts I did yesterday got me going. I think I am on the right track. Getting accustomed to the timer and seems to be working to help me stay focused.

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Gumdoctor why don't you go and interview someone about the subject and then write about what they told yu? That was how I did it.

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11/20/16 7:53 P

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I just tried the 10 min writing trick. Have done it twice since 4 this afternoon and it is really helping me to stay focused. I am getting distracted by finding more things I need to research for the article, but realizing I am wasting "writing" time is helping me to stay focused.

What a great trick!

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11/20/16 2:40 P

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Paceka I know it is hard to find time to write. I had to find time after work when I was writing for the newspapers. Now, I am helping out the church with some writing they need to get done for fun raisers and stuff.

Elf be glad she isn't like Hailey. Hailey barks when I am at the computer and wants to play, always disturbing me. Then she will play for 5 min and I can come back.

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11/20/16 7:55 A

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Finding enough time to fit it in has been a real challenge for me.

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11/20/16 1:48 A

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Tonight she's not stopping the writing. She's on the back of the couch right behind me and sometimes has her paws on my shoulder. Now to write more.

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Can't compete with sister as it's her cat so she always sleeps with her but sometimes I get some love too.

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Looks like she loves you.

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Yay for writing.

Tonight, it's a struggle because Chloe (sister's cat) is lying in my lap as we're on the couch. Makes it hard to type. But she's so cute.

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11/18/16 2:07 P

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See we knew you could do it.

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Yay for epiphanies! Good luck with getting it all on paper. I expect a report back on Monday as to how you did. :)



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11/17/16 1:09 P

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Well I had a huge epiphany this morning driving to work...how to make my article FRESH and inviting. So I think I am well on my way towards getting it started. They I can apply the 10 minutes trick or how many words a day...

I will check in and it is helping me to keep my mind on the prize.....quit talking about it and WRITE!

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Yes, knowing what to write about is the problem. Just keep your eye and ears open and you might hear something someone wants to hear and write about it. Some magazines pay l.00 a word.

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11/16/16 5:52 P

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I made email contact with Diabetes Forecast and they told me how I can make a submission. So now, I actually have something specific to work on. I can focus on that and get going.

Maybe that's another thing that keeps me from writing...knowing WHAT to write about.

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True, but I feel actual face-to-face with other people works better. JMHO.



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11/14/16 9:31 A

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There are a lot of web sites you can log into that have courses too.

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Not gonna lie, GumDoctor. It's hard. But the more you do it, the easier it gets.

I'd suggest finding other writers in your area and connecting with them. Being accountable works with writing just as it does with weight loss. Don't know where to look? Ask your librarian, or go into a bookstore and as the folks that work there. I guarantee someone will know something.



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11/13/16 3:58 P

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Manier -

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I very much appreciate your story and admire you so much for your success and tenacity.

I am a dental Dr, periodontist even, and I have lots to write about, in many areas. I just have a tough time getting started. I have been published in dental journals a few times and I am a VERY GOOD amateur. But I need to step it up. I have been marking time and wasting time even.

I joined Amer Med Writer's Assn and feel that is a good place for me to spend time learning and networking. I need to take their inexpensive courses and get my first easy certification.
I also have put my name in there for some freelance work, just to get started. Even if I don't make very much, it is a start.

I just contacted Diabetes Forecast this morning and asked about submitting an article on diabetic oral health. Their submission guidelines are not online so I will need guidance from them.

So at least I have actually taken a first and second and third step.

I also have put out some feelers on writing articles with colleagues. Only one has acted interested and she is supposed to call me today in fact.

I know if I keep at it, it will come. After finishing my very challenging active cancer treatment in 2015, I came out knowing there were 2 things God wanted me to do with the gifts he has given me. Writing to help other people is one. I realized I had been given gifts or a talent for writing. And I have used it over the course of my career, but not as much as I could have. Rather than feel guilty about that, I decided it was time to get going on it NOW.

I will be done with my military career in about 33 months and it would be great if I can phase into working from home and making some income. I should have a decent military retirement income so I don't have to count on living off a writer's income. But it seems like the very best use of what I have been given to work with and the vast knowledge I have acquired over my long dental career.

I deal with fear of failure and rejection through many aspects of my life. It is not surprising it shows up here too. But as you say, it does not mean I should let it hinder me. God is on my side and wants me to do this. Instead of fear, I should focus on being obedient and standing back to see what happens. Yeah.

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You need to go through the chapters and start trying to put them in order so they make sense. Once you do that and start to read them you will find other ideas on the subject will pop in your head.

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The story ended a while ago and nobody started a new one Jes.

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Gumdoc if you don't tell anyone what you are writing or if you are getting a rejection, nobody will say you that you failed. Let me tell you a little story about how I started. Nobody said I would get any money. I made my mistake telling my friends and family. But I kept at it and said nothing after that. When they read the local newspaper, where I first started and saw my article they were shocked. When they said something to me I said, "And I got 50.00 for it."
Since then I have written for magazines, newspapers, etc. I had my first book published 43 years ago and enjoyed every min of it. They even put it on cable/radio as a l2 week series.

So my point is this. Write but keep it to yourself. You can talk to us because we will never say you failed.

If you see something interesting in your neighborhood call the editor of your newspaper and ask him if he would like you to write it. Then write it and send it in. Remember if there are quotes to add them in, if people said them.

If you want to write about health issues, go to a doctor and ask if you can write about a subject like cancer and would like to get some information about how they detect cancer.
Then once you have the info, I used a tape recorder, sit down and write it. Then approach a magazine on health. Think of yourself as someone who will succeed. If you do not you never will.

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Fear of failure and rejection.
I am not good enough...

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It is called Can you add to this under the writing section. You may have to click to get more titles.

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Once I start, I do pretty good. Taking the time to start writing is my hinder acne. I have many stories in my mind?
I thought that this would be where I would find the group story that people are talking about.



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9/6/16 10:37 A

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What I have seen in many books is they start a character story and then later add another character story and so on and so forth and go back and forth with the stories and then competing them in the end.

I don't like a lot of characters, so I only deal with a girlfriend, a half brother, a boyfriend and a father. These are the only ones in the story. I have the girlfriend going with the her friend's half brother and the friend has a boyfriend. The father comes in where he finally meets the son he never knew he had.

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Ooh, so many questions! First, what genre is it? (That's for my own curiosity.)

Do you have the story goal?
And the characters' motivation for that goal, and what's getting in their way of reaching that goal?





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I have a lot of chapters, but the book doesn't really flow. REALLY need to get this book written, now, too.
not sure where to go from here. ideas?


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I can remember all the people who wanted to write, that came on this board. Where are they now? Some of you have gone on to sending out material, others have just given up. Why?
I know writing is a hard avenue to tackle but nothing succeeds unless you keep trying. Success isn't handed to you on a platter. You have to work for it. Yes, rejections come but you have to learn to cope with them. Why tell yourself your writing is no good. It is not true and you know deep in your heart I am right. If your dream is of writing and being published then take out your writing equipment and get started on it. We are always here to help you along.

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