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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

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Top 10 : Fear
Big and brave
By  Char Milbrett

The other day, I was in the kitchen, talking to my daughter. The phone rang and it was my husband, inquiring about things at home. After I got off the phone, I headed back into the kitchen. Interrupted by a noise in my cupboard, a particularly annoying sound of scraping and crunching, I said "Do you hear that? There is a mouse in my cupboard, chewing on my Tupperware again. Last time, the mouse chewed up some cover and turned it into plastic shavings. Grrr, I'll show him a thing or two!

I walked over to the cupboard, flung open the door, and yelled "RAHHHHRRR" into the opening. A totally surprised mouse tumbled out and stopped on the floor in front of my feet. Now it was my turn to be surprised. Not expecting to see this mouse, I let out a bloodcurdling screech. In response, the mouse hot-footed it past me and hid under a towel on the floor. I walked over to the towel and picked it up. Yes, you guessed it, I screamed again, as the mouse was hanging onto the towel. Letting go, he plopped to the ground and scampered across the floor again, disappearing out of sight.

I turned around and my daughter was staring at me with a slightly amused look on her face. She asked, "What was that all about? Rahhhhrrr, eeeeeeeck, eeeeeeeck!" We both started to giggle. Then, we heard my son coming down the stairs ever so gently. He peeked cautiously around the corner. "What IS going on?" he asked. He went on to say that he had been in his room, and not knowing what to make of the shrill scream he had heard, hadn't been sure that he'd be safe coming downstairs or not. He and his friends were asking each other, "What is going on down there?"

Well, perhaps writers are afraid of things, too.

The following are the top 10 resources to help you get over your fears:
Dedicated to helping writers channel fear into creative energy.

Fear of Writing
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Snowden Editorial Services – Resources for Writing Creative Nonfiction
All kinds of resources for all kinds of writers.

Write from Home --Freelance Writing Community for Parents
Helping writers manage kids and clips under one roof.

All writers share one thing in common – the desire to write.

Black on White
Getting into good habits and finishing what you start.

NetWords: Hints, Tips & Advice for Freelancers
For writers and editors. 

The place to get noticed and exchange ideas on the web with other writers, editors, agents, and publishers.

U.S. Copyright Office
Official website for the U.S. Copyright Office. Forms and information available to the general public.

CIPO – Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Official website for CIPO. Information and assistance available to the general public.

If you are a registered member of the Freelance Writing Organization - Int'l ( you can also use our free, online writing resource database which contains thousands of writing websites.

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Upon the trails we’ve known;
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Caught by tears on fire.

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The rest comes from the heart.

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As though you’re hanging drapes;
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Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
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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
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Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
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The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

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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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