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Entries for September, 2008

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”: Tips for Collecting and Organizing Ideas, Part 2 — Generating Ideas

Image via Wikipedia While coming up with ideas might be easy, coming up with good ones is a bit harder. You increase your odds, of course, by coming up with lots and lots of ideas  —  out of a hundred or so, surely there ought to be one or two you can do something with! Brainstorming is […]

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Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”: Tips for Collecting and Organizing Ideas, Part 1 — Introduction

Image via Wikipedia “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” poet Robert Herrick advised his readers  —  for all too soon, you’ll be old and rosebud-gathering will be just one of many things you are no longer capable of. That’s the normal reading of the poem, but it occurs to me that it is in the very nature […]

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10 Podcasts for Writers Worth Listening To

I’m a big fan of podcasts, listening to them whenever I’m in my car, in the morning as I get dressed, and whenever I have time to kill and nothing to read. I especially like podcasts about writing, freelancing, and being creative, not just because they’re big interests of mine (as reflected in this site) […]

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Hustle Your Work with WordHustler

Of all the things that writers have to do, the task that seems the most burdensome is the step that’s most crucial to getting our work into print: submitting it. Sending out submissions isn’t just a bookkeeping nightmare  –  you have to remember where you sent it and when and how long to wait before following up […]

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Software for Writers: Chapter by Chapter

In my series on Word 2007, I discussed how to use Word’s Master Documents feature. In a nutshell, Master Documents allows you to put a long document like a book together from chapters or parts created as separate documents. Creating a Master Document isn’t all that hard, but it’s a little fiddly  –  you have to get […]

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Windows Live Writer Update

Hot on the heels of my post on Windows Live Writer comes the public beta release of version 3 (I’ve been using a technical preview, which lacks some of the features that are supposed to be in WLW3, like the ability to align text left, right, or center). You can download it at the Windows […]

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Headed to BlogWorld Expo!

This weekend is BlogWorld Expo here in Las Vegas. Last year I had a great time, although the registration system they used last year was complex and the staff made some errors and I ended up getting shut out of some sessions I wanted to attend (they changed the system this year  –  there’s no more registering […]

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Software for Writers: Windows Live Writer

I blog. A lot. I write for this site, of course, but I also write thrice-weekly posts at the personal productivity site Lifehack, occasional posts at the anthropology blog Savage Minds, posts for my personal site at, and the odd post for sites like ProBlogger and the design blog Smashing Magazine. (And there’s the […]

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Case Study: Writing and Self-Publishing a Book

Last month, I completed a project I’ve been working on for quite a while, a book of advice for college students called Don’t Be Stupid: A Guide to Learning, Studying, and Succeeding at College. The book grew out of some of the frustrations I’ve had as a university instructor over the last five years, and […]

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I’m On a Short Holiday

Yesterday was Labor Day. Today is my birthday. Last week, the semester started at the university where i work. I have a big deadline coming up. And we’re buying a new house. So I’m swamped. But not for long, I hope  —  I’m hoping to be back soon with more tips, tricks, and advice. In the meantime, if […]

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