Posted by: thewritejourney | May 24, 2008

If The Muse Is Silent, Allow A Prayer To Inspire

I stumbled upon this cleverly put-together prayer by Neil Gaiman and just couldn’t resist sharing it.

A Writer’s Prayer

Oh Lord,
let me not be one of those who writes too much.
Who spreads himself too thinly with his words
diluting all the things he has to say
like butter spread too thinly over toast,
or watered milk in some worn-out hotel.
But let me write the things I have to say
and then be silent till I need to speak.

Oh Lord,
let me not be one of those who writes too little.
A decade man between each tale. Or more.
Where every word accrues significance
and dread replaces joy upon the page.
Perfection is like chasing the horizon.
You kept perfection, gave the rest to us.
So let me earn the wisdom to move on.

But over and above those two mad spectres of
parsimony and profligacy,
Lord, let me be brave.
And let me, while I craft my tales, be wise.
Let me say true things in a voice that’s true,
and, with the truth in mind, let me write lies.

Some of you may already have the best writing websites in your list of favorites, but just in case you a missed a few, Writer’s Digest has just released their list online.

They’ve taken the courtesy to arrange the sites in nine categories. There are quite a number of them I’ve never heard of before, but that’s the beauty of the freelance writing world – there’s so much help out there to get you started in such a blissful, rewarding career!

Posted by: thewritejourney | April 23, 2008

Seminars, Workshops, Writing Groups

Through this blog and visits to other blogs, I’ve met other aspiring freelance writers who have been friendly and helpful. Blogging is a wonderful networking tool, but lately I’ve been wanting to expand to meeting other freelance writers who also live in California. So I called my local newspaper and discovered that there was a non-fiction writing group right here in my city. I was ecstatic! When I called the contact they gave me, I was told that the group is “on hiatus.” I was very disappointed since I was looking forward to a chance to meet and network with other local writers face-to-face.

So I ventured to check out local seminars and workshops but found that most of them focused on fiction writing. I was more interested in non-fiction, commercial, business writing. I’m still searching for the right seminar and workshop.

Have you been to a commercial writing workshop or seminar in California or in another state? If so, can you offer any recommendations?

Posted by: thewritejourney | April 14, 2008

Recommended Blog: “The Well-Fed Writer”

Author of “The Well-Fed Writer” Peter Bowerman just started a blog. His book and blog offer wonderful tips for aspiring freelancers. Check it out!

Posted by: thewritejourney | April 8, 2008

April WTYD: First AC Article Published

In keeping with the spirit of this month’s “Write Till You Drop” (WTYD) theme, check out my recently published article on AC:

Inexpensive Ways to Transform Your Living Space into a Green Home

Please feel free to view, rate, or leave feedback.

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