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Category: Daily Writing

How I Create My Perfect Writing Space

For as long as I’ve been writing, I have been able to concentrate even in less than perfect surroundings. That can be music, the TV on with a show or movie playing, outside activities – all just become background noise for me.

When I am in writing mode, nothing can distract me unless another person is within my space. I don’t mean if I am in public, like a library or coffee shop, unless they sit right next to me. But if they are going about their day in a somewhat normal manner, I can just phase them out and stay inside my own pseudo bubble.

3 Free Microsoft Word Alternatives

If you’re like me, Microsoft Word was and may still be a mainstay on your PC. I know when I was younger I thought I was all that when I had a full install of Microsoft Office. As time grew on, my path in life did as well. My needs and priorities changed. I spent my money on software titles like Photoshop and Dreamweaver to further my web and graphic design business. Microsoft Word wasn’t a necessity. I found an open source alternative that was free and used that. I could save DOC and DOCX files – I was set.

Microsoft Office still corners the market but there are several reliable free options out there to be found. All very useful, with many of the features of Word and all compatible with existing documents.

10 Poetry Books For Spring 2019

It seems as if poets have taken over many of the writing communities and with good reason. Some of the writing today is simply outstanding. I created a post in the past about 12 Poetry Books You Didn’t Know You Should Read and I wanted to create a new one. So many good books have come out in the last six months. Below you will find 10 of my favorite recent poetry book releases, in no particular order. I hope you’ll check them out and add them to your collection.

The Pros of Self Publishing

Until recently being self-published was looked down upon. It came with a stigma of not being good enough to be published using more traditional methods. To some, self-published authors weren’t authors at all; they were hobbyists.

Over the past several years, self-publishing has become a welcomed norm. The internet and social media are big factors in the growth and acceptance of self-published writers. In fact, indie presses are responsible for nearly 50% of all digital book sales and over 1 million titles annually. The number is truly astronomical.

The One Thing That Changed My Writing Career

I have been writing since I can remember. In fact, when I was a young child I would emulate my mother’s writing. I’d take a black felt pen along with a yellow legal pad and simply pretend I was making words. Line after line I’d scribble in blocks of ‘cursive’ writing. To this day, I have a love affair with pens and pads. I even get care packages from friends and fans sending me different types of notebooks, journals, and an assortment of pens for writing. To me those little packages are priceless. So you can say writing has been a lifelong journey.

5 Questions With New York Author Jay Long

I recently asked the followers of my Writer Jay Long Facebook page to submit questions they’d like answered by me. These are the top 5.

  1. What are three (3) of your best qualities, and one (1) thing you’d like to work on?

So many see questions like this and their answers are usually physical in nature. But to me my best assets are who I am. What makes me me. I think my imagination, my light-hearted nature and ability to communicate and listen are my top qualities. I personally think they are some of the most important traits to possess. As far as what I’d like to work on, I have to say my undeniable procrastination. I’m not sure why but I always seem to hold things off to near the ultimate ‘deadline.’ I’m my own worst enemy, so I think it stems from always wanting things to be as ‘perfect’ as possible. We all know perfection is objective. What’s perfect for me may be trash to another and vice versa. I definitely am working on that. I recently started using bullet journal in hopes to stay on track with my daily grind.

Love Never Breaks the Same

We have all felt it. In fact, I’m sure many of us have experienced it several times. I know I certainly have.

Love, by dictionary definition is, “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.” To me there is no question we fall in love the same, give or take a few subtle differences. And I don’t mean circumstances surrounding when or who. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be enough internet left in order to discus all the ins and outs. What I am referring to is the feeling we have when we find love – the butterflies and the overwhelming emotion of seeing everything again for the first time.

Making the Most of NaNoWriMo

As many fiction writers know, November is known as National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for those in the industry. It’s a fun little word and I’ve finally mastered the pronunciation. Until this year I never really paid much attention but because my next project is a more traditional book, rather than poetry, I have been following along. I have to give credit where it’s due. I have been following Derek Murphy on YouTube for the past six months or so. It’s there where Derek creates short videos offering sound advice on writing – anything from cover design, to properly…

Write Yourself Through Writer’s Block

As an active writer and one who has somewhat of a presence on social media, mostly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I am always interested in what other writers biggest issues may be. Astonishingly enough, aside from coming up with time to actually write, writer’s block is the biggest enemy of many a scribe. I say astonishingly because I personally don’t feel writer’s block actually exists. I feel it’s a crutch or an excuse used by writers who feel the need to justify lazy days. And before you go scrolling down to leave a comment telling me how nuts I am…

Creative Minds Need to Unwind and Relax

As a creative individual, I find the need to reset to be such a vital part of my process. It’s truly amazing how outside forces impact the thought process and more importantly how it can stifle creativity. Being a writer my work space is about 9 inches above my mouth and thankfully those thoughts make it to the paper without too much of a detour. But when the ideas are jumbled or stress levels rise, concentration is the first thing to suffer. At least once a year I ‘escape’ and enjoy a getaway to a place with the least amount…