Integrity through the Seasons

Integrity through the Seasons — Write RightIntegrity comes easier in the lush times. Client work remains steady; the coffers stay full. I experience the luxury of choice and can accept or reject a project without risking anything. In the lean times, integrity becomes difficult. Client work slows to a trickle; the pipeline echoes; and money exits the bank account without ever returning. I consider a questionable project, wondering whether to accept it.Continue Reading

How to Be a Better Writer: Write for Ten Minutes

How to Be a Better Writer: Write for Ten Minutes — Write RightIf you want to be a better writer, exercise the writing muscles. Give yourself ten minutes in which to write. You could write anything but apply constraints. They force the muscles to stretch and grow. (They might hurt the next day, too, but pain before gain.)

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A is for Adventure

A is for Adventure — Write RightOn road trips, when my brothers and I weren’t squabbling or being reprimanded for imaginary wars with passing drivers, we played games. “I Spy” lost its luster quickly. We spent more time with the “alphabet game,” perhaps because it took forever to get through all twenty-six letters.

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Creative Missions 2017: The Story

Creative Missions 2017: The Story (1) — Write RightSince Creative Missions 2017 marks only my second trip, I can’t say with certainty that every trip differs. This year’s trip, though, did not repeat the 2016 one. I spent the majority of my time authoring communication strategies and social media plans. The rest of the time featured some website content writing.

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Creative Missions 2017 in Pictures

Creative Missions 2017 (1)

The view from the Lewis & Clark Motel, where the Creative Missions team stayed during the trip.

(Based on the Creative Missions photos shared below, we spent more time looking at mountains than working. We did work, but as I laughingly told a friend, “Who wants to see an Apple convention?” Plus, the mountains sprung up everywhere. I couldn’t go a block without getting a new perspective on them. Hence, many photos of mountains. The mountains constantly captured my attention, drawing attention to their terrifying beauty. In addition, I claim no small obsession with finding new angles to see and write about things.)

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Running in the Fog

Running in the Fog — Write RightEvery once in a while — this being Texas, after all — I run in the fog. The clouds visit earth and make the location their habitation. Fog tendrils drift and swirl, filling every nook, cranny, and corner of the clouds’ new quarters. Sometimes, the fog comes with a small force. It seems ghostlike and wispy, utterly transparent. I look out and ahead for a few miles. Other times, the fog brings its entire battalion. The surrounding world turns opaque, and I see only five to ten feet in front of me.

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18 Quotes for the Writing Life

18 Quotes for the Writing Life — Write Right

Image: Akhilesh Ravishankar (Creative Commons)

Every writer and artist claims some books as favorites. Oh, the list of books expands and contracts, but some books remain forever. They either leave a permanent impression or speak to a particular moment in time. The eighteen quotes that follow come from the former rather than the latter.

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Door and Shepherd

Door and Shepherd — Write Right (1)I’ve read John 10 numerous times over the year and probably have memorized portions of it. Sometimes, though, the words slip across the mind’s surface without being fully acknowledged. Other times, God causes the mind and heart to pause. He shows something new or reminds the person — me — of a truth not thought about for a while.

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Write Right Had a Little Lamb

Write Right Had a Little Lamb

B is for the B Sides

In Praise of the B Sides — Write RightI trade in words. If I were to go back to school, I would probably study linguistics and etymology. I like history and learning about how words morph in spelling and definition. They delight the senses, and the perfectly placed word—it’s an experience hard to describe. It prompts delight, occasions a “yes!” or an “oh” and scribbles in the margin.

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