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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

Top 10 IN Resources : Goal Setting
These Resources Will Blow The Lid Off Your Pen!
By  Sarah White

Thereís no time like the beginning of the year to reassess your writing goals, try something completely new or refuel your creativity. But the new year alone is not enough to get the fires burning. The following are the top ten resources for finding motivation, galvanizing goal setting and searching for self-improvement.

Organized Writer
Are you hoping to become more organized this year but you arenít sure where or how to start? Check out this site for a basic weekly plan and articles on organization. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get more free organizing goodies. This page has a great link collection, too.

Creativity for Life
If youíre looking for articles, information and inspiration about living a creative life at home or at work, Creativity for Life is a great place to look. Articles range from tips for brainstorming to how to choose your lifeís path. Inspirational quotes and back issues of a now-defunct newsletter are also available.

Self Growth
Self Growth has no real content. It is more of a portal to other resources on topics such as positive thinking, goal setting and motivation. The site also has links to sites about writing skills and sales skills, helpful for every writer. Links are organized by topic and alphabetically. Itís a great place to start your self-improvement journey.

Live Your Creative Vision
Kay Potterfieldís site is a treasure-trove of ideas for developing your creativity, from writing in a journal to making dolls. The site includes information on creativity, arts and healing, journal writing, memoir writing and sources for writers. This site has much to offer for all who want to become more creative and express themselves creatively.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
A great resource for essay writers, Paradigm offers basic reading assignments and writing activities on such topics as deciding what to write, documenting sources, organizing your thoughts and revising and editing. Though this site is more academic than most pros need, it offers good, basic thoughts on writing and editing.

Creative Marketing Solutions
Marcia Yudkin provides a lot of ideas for those of us who need a little help on the business side in the coming year. Youíll definitely want to check out her makeover section, where she takes real press releases, web copy and introductory statements, among others, and rewrites them to have more impact.

Self-Editing Checklist
If you need a little skills tune-up for the new year, check out this simple list of things to look for when editing a manuscript, article of query letter. Though not comprehensive, I heartily recommend this list as a good starting point for cleaning up your copy and making your editors happy.

Para Publishing
I donít know if thereís anyone more inspiring in the writing world than Dan Poynter. His site offers all sorts of great advice on writing, publishing and marketing books, as well as running your business and becoming a consultant. His e-mail newsletter is one of the best out there for valuable tips and resources.

Web Design Wisdom
If youíre looking to improve (or start) your Web site this year, check out this siteís amazing list of articles dealing with everything from hosting to design, ecommerce to affiliate programs. If you want to know how to do something on the Web, you can learn all about it here.

Write a Business Plan
Maybe this is the year to get the business side of your business together. The best, most profitable writers have business plans that tell them what their goals are and how they are going to get there in what time frame. This site is focused on getting money for your business but covers the basics well.

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Writer and author Sarah White researches and makes available to IN readers her top choices of writing resource sites available on the internet today. Her themed site picks are an invaluable resource to all of our members. See her previous works:
Doing the Write Thing: The Easy Way to Self-Edit
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Writerís Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails weíve known;
Each writerís 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;
Itís 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
Donít plant your poem on the page
As though youíre hanging drapes;
Itís 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 ďthemes.Ē

Double Vision
A writerís life is paradox,
Itís 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 youíll 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 poemís through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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