9 Internet awesomenesses for writers

9 Internet Awesomesses for WritersYes, for this post “awesomenesses” is a word.

Because during my latest Internet travels, I’ve discovered some awesomenesses that yearn to be shared.

And they’re worth the extra syllable, however incorrect that syllable is in just about every conceivable way.

Because they’re just that awesome.

Hence the happy cartoon. And flog-me-now abuse of the word “awesome.” May Strunk and White have mercy on my soul.

Starting with the helpful and working our way to entertaining, enjoy!

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4 words to stay focused when the writing life goes “FWOMP”

RubberDuckyCopywriter-NowRealize deeply that the present moment is all you have.
Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
— Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Part of being a writer is the feast-or-famine cycle. What’s not discussed as often is that the feast cycle is just as stressful as the famine cycle, just for different reasons.

There you are, going about your business, when the universe flips the master switch and viola! It’s time to play Make the Writer Cry.

That’s not a “tweak,” that’s a full rewrite.

You want what, when?

Can we stop adding to the list of deliverables? Deadline’s tomorrow.

My last several weeks have been like that.

Right now, you freelancers are probably saying, “Don’t you have a contract that outlines all this stuff? Draw some boundaries.” You’d be right except that I’m a cubicle-dwelling contract copywriter; less room to push back.

Still, these past few weeks have given me solid practice exercising some principles I’ve been reading in The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (not a paid link).

In particular, focusing on what you’re doing at any given moment. I’m still wrapping my mind around the rest of the Tolle’s teachings, but the idea of dedicating oneself fully to the present can help you cope when everything around you demands attention.

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A letter to my writer’s muse

Elusive Rubber Ducky Muse is unamused.

Elusive Rubber Ducky Muse is unamused.

Dear Muse,

Got a moment? I know we’ve had our differences over the years but through it all, I’ve always appreciated you.

Your ideas. Your passion. Your inexplicable ability to make a silent exit when you’re bored. (Nice dinner party trick; how do you do that?)

Your independence is admirable. Your creative fire is undeniable. Without you, I’d be nothing more than a monkey at a keyboard, trying to spell my name right.

Yes, I know you aspire to — and deserve to reach — loftier heights than the project I now face. Your mysterious brilliance deserves a grander stage on which to outshine the stars.

Still, my task is one with which I could use your generous help if you so deign to give it.


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Happy National Rubber Ducky Day 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a short break from all the reading and writing and creativity posts I usually do to celebrate what, I think, should be a national holiday. A holiday worthy of taking the day off work to let your inner 5-year-old come out and play.

It’s January 13, otherwise known as…

National Rubber Ducky Day!

Rubber Ducky Copywriter's Flock 2013

Rubber Ducky’s Flock 2013

Now, if you’re an uber-serious writer who seeks creative and professional usefulness in every post you cruise, you might be asking, “How will this post help me better my craft?

I’m not gonna lie; it probably won’t.

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9 Writer’s Resolutions for 2014

Rubber Ducky Copywriter resolves to shut up and writeI’ve been writing my entire life,
and I’ll always write.
—J. K. Rowling

In my past post, I took a look back at my Writers Resolutions for 2013 and took a hard look at how I did. Not too shabby, but I’d made too many resolutions, many of which I couldn’t measure.

Would I do it again if I could go back in time? Of course. I learned a lot and achieved a lot that I may not have otherwise.

Still, now that I’ve been there and done that, I’m taking a new approach for this next year. So, without further ado, here are my
9 Writer’s Resolutions for 2014.

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