How to Survive a Book Buying Ban

Empty Inside LolCat

It’s been 6 weeks since I went on a book buying ban. This is the longest I have ever stuck to one of these bans; I usually cave after one week at most.

During these past 6 weeks, I’ve been reading what I have, and I’m about to finish my eighth book. I’m focused on the book in my hands, and I’m even finding books in my stash that I’d forgotten I had. Kinda like getting new books without buying them.

It’s been nice. But not easy.

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You know you’re a writer when

Bust Writer's Block

Writers are, by nature, a unique breed of people. Some even call us quirky. In the four years I’ve been writing for this blog, I’ve tried to encourage others (like you) to be the writer you want to be. Find your voice. Write that story or start that project you’ve always wanted to start.

One topic I haven’t covered yet is how you can tell if you’re a writer.

Yes, there are a ton of (semi-joking) blog posts and articles. And yes, there are countless jokes to make.

But there are few fairly solid truths that every writer I’ve met or worked with has shared.

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Birthdays: 4. Lessons: Lots.

Rubber Ducky Copywriter turns 3

Rubber Ducky Copywriter is now four years old.

It’s a little mind blowing for two reasons. One that I’ve kept up with it for four years, and two that you kind, wonderful people visit.

That second reason is the most important.

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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.

No? 

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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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