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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

Fear Of Writing

Top 10: Illusion
A strong motivator
By  Char Milbrett

I got up one morning for work to find a note on the kitchen table written by my son. It said, "Mom, I don't exactly know what the (*!#) is going on, but it is 2 a.m., a cat is in your car, and your headlights are on. I do not know how it got in there, but, I let it out, and turned off your lights." I started to laugh. I even brought the note to work with me and showed everyone. I could picture him peeking through the window, opening the door and the cat springing out of the car.
Well. It all started, because I bought groceries and then stopped to buy some Hot and Spicy chicken sandwiches for my lunch the next day. Well. I'm only human, and the sandwiches made it half way home before I devoured them. Of course, since I am a slob, I tossed the foil wrappings on the floor mat to deal with when I got home. Once home, I started unpacking the groceries that I had gotten, and in the middle of that, decided to start another vehicle to check it's transmission fluid. In the two minutes that I left the groceries unattended and the door open, the cats apparently jumped into the car and investigated the chicken smell. Upon returning to the vehicle, I only saw one cat and made it get out of the car. That leaves one cat for my story. In the eight hours of being trapped in the car, it managed to chew up the foil wrappers, but found no chicken. For the cat, it was all an illusion.
Even as a writer, sometimes you have things that inspire you to take the action to write, even if the idea is only an illusion. Sometimes it is just the illusion that gets you there.

So, here are the top 10 resources I have selected to help you create that illusion:
Wooden Horse Publishing
Information from over 2,000 US and Canadian consumer and trade print publications.
Thomson Gale – Free resources
Explanations of terms used by writers.
What's the Plural of "Virus"?
Interesting notes on things writers need to know.
How-to Health
If you are writing health books, be conscientious.
Christine Buske
Learn to be open to your environment, to spot ideas that already exist and mold them for your own use.
Hidden Freelance Market
Learn how to find your niche. There are more jobs online for the freelancer, not fewer.
Do Good Music
Article: An Economy of Words, by Lewis Greer
All about books, writing, and publishing.
Annette Green Authors' Agency
A place to submit your work.
Introduction to Modern Literary Theory
Read and learn.
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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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