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Kathryn Britton
George Floyd Protest Sign: It is a privilege to educate your self about racism instead of experiencing it.
In Write Experiment 5 in Sit Write Share, I suggest that people collect story seeds  A story seed is a brief note of an experience that can later turn into a written story. In this piece originally posted in 2020, I have sprouted several story seeds to illustrate something important to me:  the need to...
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Build a writing habit that is as firm as brushing teeth
Let’s assume you’ve decided that you want to write regularly  Regularly is the key.  The answer may be to build a writing habit by taking advantage of the way your brain wires things together. Think about a habit that almost all of us have firmly engrained:  brushing teeth.  You can probably thank your parents for...
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That is my story
Why does it make sense for you to write about your own life?  It’s one way to create a legacy that future generations will value.  If writing for young children, it’s a way to make sure they know you, no matter what happens. Life can be uncertain.  Let me show you what I mean with...
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Human-robot contact
There is a lot of buzz going around this week about ChatBot, an artificial intelligence tool that is available to all who want to beta test it right now. You just have to log in and prove you are a human. Then put your question in a window and see what comes back.  Many people...
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Change-free Zone
Let’s say that you’ve finished a first draft. You put it aside for a day or two, and now you are ready to edit.  Start with strategic editing, reading for the entire effect of the piece.  One way to do this is to read the entire piece from beginning to end without making any changes...
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Sources to imitate creatively
What comes to mind when you hear the word “imitation” in the context of writing?  Do you think of plagiarism? Lack of creativity?  What if instead you thought of creating by imitating as a way to avoid reinventing the wheel?  Using good structures that others have polished just makes  your own creativity go even further. ...
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Podcast announcement
I had the great honor and pleasure to be invited to The Purpose Girl podcast for a podcast on writing. Carin Rockind asked me questions about how to get writing done and out the door.  Carin shared that writing a book is one of her dreams.  We talked about ways she could find time and...
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Picture book sailin gship
Do you find it hard to get started writing because the words aren’t perfect as they appear on the page? Do you find yourself erasing almost as many as you write? Do you keep redoing things over and over and never finish? Perhaps it’s time to set your inner perfectionism aside. Several experiments in Sit...
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Improve writing by reading Atul Gawande's excellent books
The very first experiment in Sit Write Share suggests that you improve your writing by reading excellent writing.  As far as I’m concerned, any reading is good. Feel free to enjoy comic books or suspense novels. It is also wise to spend some time reading works by people who are very good at writing the kinds...
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Golden Rule Way
Since I launched my book, I have heard from numerous people who make their money helping others market books. How do I figure out which services will feel valuable and which will leave me feeling burned?  Even more, what can I learn that will make my own book marketing follow the golden rule, that is,...
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