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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

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Top 10: Irish Blarney
Get on your back and kiss the Blarney Stone
By  Char Milbrett

ccording to legend, kissing the Irish Blarney Stone endows folks with both good luck and the gift of the gab, plenty of which all writers need. In order to kiss the renown rock, you have to lie on your back, bend backwards and downwards, holding on to iron bars for support, to actually get the job done. Good luck.

But people have been kissing that rock for over 500 years. Maybe it's a way around writer's block. In my mind, receiving the gift of the gab and writing it all down would make you a prolific writer. That's food for thought! March becomes the "month of green" when St. Patrick's Day arrives and people will be collecting shamrocks, fleeing leprechauns, chasing pots of gold and guzzling green beer. 

The top 10 educational resources highlighting the “gift of the gab” are as follows:

The Gift Of The Gab Communication And Presentation Seminar: Seminars and coaching for professionals in the art of communicating and presenting information effectively. Switzerland.

New York State Writers Institute: The Writers Institute has a mandate to provide "a milieu for established and aspiring writers to work together to increase the freedom of the artistic imagination," and "to encourage the development of writing skills at all levels of education throughout the state."

Irish Writer Webpages Online: A concise, bio-bibliographical dictionary of Irish Writers. Including, but not limited to information on copyrighting, literary agents and the graphic arts.

Academics College Writing And Study Skills: Helpful tips for using college library resources and the web. Few successful writers follow the stage model of writing. College writing and study skills.

Ashland University Writing Center: Handouts and resource links are just part of the Ashland OWL. They also provide Grammar Guides, APA Style Documentation, Plagerism Information, plus links to other centers.

Ad Copywriting: This site is about Marketing and Advertising, but most importantly it's about Copywriting. Powerful Copywriting. Persuasive Copywriting. Effective Copywriting. In short it's about Copywriting that Sells! Provides free tutorials for you to self-educate in the art of copywriting.

Lorelle On WordPress: Helping you learn more about blogging. Lorelle provides articles on blogging tips, tricks, techniques, news, help, and more. The business of being an author has changed considerably over the last ten years. Authors need to be excellent promoters of their own work. One way to do that is blogging. If you’re considering starting a blog, there are several considerations and much of that information is here.

Literary Liaisons: A place for readers and writers of historical romances to discuss and learn the craft of writing, and the pleasure in reading it. This site provides literary links, writing resources, newsletters and research guides all pertaining to historical figures and romance.

Irish Writers Centre: Providing Ireland's writers with news, competitions, events, a writers' directory, forums, conferences, courses and more.

Bowling Green State University Writing Labs And Centers: This site offers budding writers access to Web sites with relevant and publicly accessible on-line "handouts," handbooks, guides, newsletters, and/or tips. In some instances these sites also provide clickable links to additional sites that focus on the writing process, expository and creative.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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