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INside Scoop January, 2008

The Writer at Work

The Discipline Factor
Habit of success
By  Julie A. Pierce

Yes, that's what it's all about, folks. Discipline.

OK – there's more to it than simply that; but discipline does account for the majority weight for whether you succeed or fail as a writer. So how disciplined are you?

Part of discipline is commitment. It's in the execution of discipline that you demonstrate your level of commitment. Having dreams or goals is a good place to start, but if you want to move from start to middle to end, you've got to do more than dream. This is where the discipline comes in.

In the words of our cover author, Lisa Scottoline, you have to "apply [your] butt to a chair" and write. If the backside is not in the chair, the writing cannot happen. First step first, followed by next step – writing. Another key to the successful approach in applying the rear end to the chair is remaining in the chair until you have achieved a preset goal for your writing. And these are just a couple of the gems that this best-selling author has to share.

Can you move from dream to commitment to discipline? If so, you've come to the right place for inspiration, support, and encouragement when your tush won't stick to the seat. We can't make you sit down, but we can help you with the next steps – the research, the writing, the querying, finding an agent, finding inspiration, suggesting ways to deal with the realities of distraction and interference. That's what we do here at IN.

A self-dubbed "cowboy poet," Doug Foshee and nonfiction author Sharon Shaw Elrod come to us courtesy of for INside Authors. Anne Allen pens a poem to help us remember what to avoid when trying to impress an agent. Jennifer Edelson continues to elucidate the value of fact checking, while Peggy Bechko weighs the pros and cons of attending writers' conferences.

If you need a little help appreciating the richness of your life – read, "challenges to your writing career posed by the reality of your life" – Ken Robinson gives you reason to get out of bed and embrace what comes your way. You'll want to engage with life in a whole new way for the enhancement of your writing.

Every considered trade-outs? Me neither. To be honest, I didn't know what they were till I read Helen Dunn Frame's article. As usual, she broadens our horizons with INstruction.

There's nothing worse than flat fiction. Rowdy Rhodes explains how to transport readers to a fictional world with a landscape of sensory texture. On the flip side, I offer up some guidance on writing persuasive pieces in our Nonfiction section. See if these fives steps can empower your ability to influence.

When creating a screenplay, where do you begin – in your head or on the page? J. R. Kambak explores the meshing and mixing of the mental and physical processes of creation.

See the world like a poet with the six steps that Charles Ghigna uses in his craft, then have a look at the results they can yield as exemplified in the selection of poems from Speaking In Tongues.

Bolster your boldness with Char Milbrett's Top 10 resources to fortify you against your writing fears. And if the fear or pain of rejection is getting you down, Joan Nuebauer has the skinny on subsidy publishing, packaging your work well, and building your platform. Paul Hooper-Kelly tells us how to get your artcle noticed and read, and how to use it to lead readers to your website for more.

Three references that can support your writing are reviewed this month by Brenda Jenkins Kleager. Check out what she has to say about them. They may come in handy when you are filing your new role as a TV producer. Gene Lenore let's us in on the industry trend that favours skilful writing.

Lori Myers tells us about the powerful and important "P" word. I'll give you a clue: it goes hand-in-hand with discipline. And we've already acknowledge the importance of that. Apply the "P" to the "D," and you'll create success.

Torrey Meeks lays out the next step in establishing yourself with the trades. Hit it out of the park by following his words of wisdom.

Penelope Jensen looks into the spelling bee phenomenon and finds some fascinating facts. Mark London pays homage to a Canadian feminist and the legacy she has left to women everywhere.

Within these pages, find what you need to feed your discipline.

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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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