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When I was younger, and at times in college, I made attempts to keep a journal. I would put their contents in the category of “warm-up drills.” Some swear by them. Here’s an argument for using one.

The Most Obvious Writing Tool You’re Not Using.
http://writeitsideways.com/the-most-obvious-writing-tool-youre-not-using/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=writeitsideways

‘Done is good’

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One of my first editors a had a few catch phrases that were part of his everyday conversation. One he offered frequently was, “Done is good.” It was his reminder to meet deadlines. Jane Morrissey has put together a wonderful little post on finishing the first draft of your book (or poem or play).

Finish Your First Draft: 7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block. 
http://www.janemorrissey.com/finish-your-first-draft/

Tips for self-publishing

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Do you want to write to make money? Is writing your hobby? Or are you interested in publishing one book, perhaps a memoir to give to family members? If you’ve decided self-publishing is your best option, regardless of your long-term goals, consider these tips from Ryan Lanz.

How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is Right For You | A Writer’s Path.
http://ryanlanz.com/2015/06/20/how-to-tell-which-self-publishing-company-is-right-for-you/

Recall it all

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Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses and other books, continues writing in his 80s. He credits his ability to a daily memory exercise. As I read his essay, it reminded me of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. I suspect it is never too early to make a ritual of remembering.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels.
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7595664

Stories of loss and survival

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is not something I think of as a children’s book, but it clearly involves a refugee. But I could concede the point. And with recent UN reports of at least 60 million refugees in the world today, the topic is well worth a few more books. And not just for children. Do any of these inspire you?

Jon Walter’s top 10 refugee heroes in children’s fiction | Children’s books | The Guardian.
http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/jun/18/jon-walters-top-10-refugee-heroes-in-childrens-fiction

Fair use

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Just last night, a friend mentioned she was looking for the right song lyrics to end a short piece of fan fiction she’s working on. That brought up the question of fair use of copyrighted material. Here are a few tips. (Disclaimer: To be sure, ask a lawyer.)
Patricia Aufderheide talks about copyright and fair use | CMOS Shop Talk.
http://cmosshoptalk.com/2015/06/16/patricia-aufderheide-talks-about-copyright-and-fair-use/

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