Have Fun

Have Fun--Write RightTo be a writer and an artist is to be given a gift and a responsibility. I am to care for the gifts and talents I have been given. At the same time, I should have fun with them.

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How to be a Better Writer: Keep a Commonplace Book

Keep a Commonplace Book--Write RightDouglas Wilson, in Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life, recommends keeping a commonplace book. I agree. It’s important to have a place to store favorite words, lines, and passages.

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Remember to Rest

Remember to Rest--Write RightIt is important to take the time to move body and soul. — L.L. Barkat, Rumors of Water

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Enjoy the Little Things

Enjoy the Little Things--Write RightWe wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is full of common enchantment waiting for our alchemist’s eyes to notice. — Jacob Nordby

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Pursue Joy

Pursue Joy--Write RightSpiritual and emotional growth happens in microscopic increments.David Brooks

It’s great to have big goals and dreams, but they can sometimes steal from the present. There is no room for anything but THE MISSION. The world tarnishes. You begin to feel impoverished.

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Keep Community

Keep Community--Write RightThe physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

When life is difficult, it’s hard to keep community. You want to curl into yourself, pretend everything is all right. Wear the mask, you tell yourself. The smile frozen in place; everything is fine, just fine. An escape out the door before the face crinkles into tears.

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Take a Trip

Take a Trip--Write RightSometimes, you have to get away from what you know. Go on an adventure. Take a trip. Leave the familiar in the rearview mirror.

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Write Right Finds Where the Red Fern Grows

Write Right Finds Where the Red Fern Grows

Learn Something New

Learn Something New--Write RightGood writing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens in the presence of experience, both good and bad. It happens because of curiosity.

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Write Right Takes on Shark Week

Write Right Takes on Shark Week