Don't just sit there! A missive from More Ink.
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THE ROAD TO HELL. Apparently opinions differ on the details:

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
—Philip Roth

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
—Stephen King

Tell me what YOU think.
If you use this prompt to come up with piece of writing, any length, based on the road to hell, let me know. I'd love to post it at More Ink
(with your permission, of course.)

I'm sure you've heard me babble about The Review Review. I adore them. I'm happy to announce that I am now conducting and writing Editor Interviews for them and you can, too. It's not a paying gig, but it's a great way to hone your craft and, most thrilling to me, have a heart-to-heart chat with editors of lit mags. This is the kind of thing that really gets my motor running. If you feel the same, contact Becky Tuch and let her know.

And stay tuned for my upcoming interview with Carolyn Zukowski, of The Literary Bohemian
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It's always something with me.

I just can't sit still.

I want it all. I want to be a writer, an artist, and all-around good person. I want to save all the abused pets and children in the whole world. Stop human trafficking.  Convince complete strangers to follow their dreams. Oh, and there's that whole day-job thing; I could take it or leave it, but I still feel a compulsion to not suck at it.

But, there is only so much time in the day and a limited number of days in each life. So, I do what I can with what I've got and I try not to worry too much about it. I'm discovering that the trick (for me, anyway) is not necessarily to always be doing something, but to make sure that when I am doing something, it's something worthwhile.

The world moves so fast, and we're trying to juggle so many things.  My wish for you this month is that you are able to discern which things are most important to you and that you learn to prioritize accordingly. I hope that you make small accomplishments which support your larger goals. Then give yourself a break. Go enjoy the sunshine. 

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.  
Will Rogers
Don't just sit there! 

Write something every day
Find a writing partner who will be honest with you
Write longhand in your notebook
Brainstorm - the crazier the better
Read outside of your usual genre
Start a blog (and actually keep up with it)
Join online writing groups
Pick one thing to focus on in your writing 
Join a local writing group
Submit to a lit mag
Write an article for a magazine
Write poetry
Keep note cards with you to jot down ideas
Write. Write. Write some more. 
Pimp Your Work

So, this Featured Writer thing I have going on.  I'm not really sure how to say this, so I'll just blurt it out.

Ahem. What the heck is wrong with you guys?
 You  don't want your work and website pimped out the internet?  For reals?
I'm surprised by the lack of response I've gotten on this, so let me be clear:

There is no cost.
It's free promotion and advertising for you.
There is no time constraint.
It's pretty freaking awesome.

So head over to my website, check out the details, and get back to me by email. What we're doing here folks is learning how to take the world by storm.

Have you seen those writers who post the same link over and over again to their book on Amazon? No real content, just a plea to buy their stuff. Don't do that.

We need to learn a more sustainable and effective way of marketing. If you're not sure what I mean, check out this presentation or the other resources on my website.

And hey, you know what? You're awesome.  Let's share some of that with the world!
What's your story?
May I ask you a favor?
Please pass this along to a like-minded friend.  Help me build a strong community to enable writers to succeed. Many heartfelt thanks!
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