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Resources From Writing@CSU

The home of Colorado State University’s open access learning environment, the Writing Studio, is a fantastic resource for writers of all levels.  Take a look at their Resource Index.  It operates similar to a sitemap.  Click a link to the left and on the right a list of links will appear.  This is a comprehensive writing compendium of resources from A-Z!

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The Dictionary of Worthless Words Review by Daniel Scocco

Writer Daniel Scocco reviews The Dictionary of Worthless Words on Daily Writing Tips.  As he points out that there are hundreds of books on word usage but next to none on words that are worthless!  Click here to read the review.

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Online Writing Workshops

Every writer needs a little help once in a while.  It doesn’t matter if you are a new author or an experienced one you can always use the opportunity to polish your skills.  Here comes the internet to your rescue.

There are many online writing workshops and we haven’t tried them but here are some of the most reputable organizations in case you want to check out their offerings.

Writer’s Digest University
Gotham Writer’s Workshop
The Writer’s Workshop

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Stand Up Straight – Great Advice For Professionals

The other morning, I was dressing for work, feeding the dog, doing laundry, and making my daughter’s lunch. I leaned down to put on a pair of heels and felt a sharp ache in my back. The advice of my granny, who, while I was growing up, would frequently come up behind me, smack me between the shoulder blades, and issue the stern command “stand up straight!” reverberated loudly in my head.

I straightened up, put my shoulders back, and took a deep breath. I opted that day for a pair of flats. By paying attention to my posture that day, by the next, I was back in the proverbial saddle. As working moms, we carry many loads, both literally and figuratively. We lug around our babies, our toddlers, and sometimes even our school-aged kids. We carry groceries and load after load of laundry; we mop floors and scrub toilets; and cook gourmet meals. We take care of our kids when they are sick or heartsick, bored or delighted. We care for the family pets and often for a spouse or elderly parent. We keep family relations intact with our own siblings and parents, and sometimes our in-laws.

As employees, we carry a different load. We lug our laptops and other work-related items back and forth between meetings. We manage relationships with our bosses, employees, and co-workers. We carry the emotional weight of financially supporting a family. At the end of the day, after helping the kids with homework, dinner, teeth brushing, stories, kisses, excuses, and, finally, sleep, we log in again, to check e-mail and catch up on work.

As working moms, we take on multiple programs and problems, from volunteering at school and driving on field trips to running meetings and managing multi-million dollar projects. If we are lucky, we have a few hours a week to exercise, read a good book, or visit with beloved girlfriends. There is usually a sacrifice at work or at home that must be made to eke out those hours from our schedule.

If we are not careful, the physical and mental burdens that we carry every day, even though they bring us joy and satisfaction, pile up, and we find ourselves shrinking, slouching, hurting, ducking our heads, and not making eye contact with other humans.

Working moms, I am virtually smacking you between the shoulder blades! Stand Up Straight! Good posture is an important step in balancing the burdens of life!

Good posture makes us look and feel healthy, empowered, and in control. Standing tall makes us feel tall, and if we feel tall, we are tall! Straightening up and throwing back our shoulders brings about an almost instantaneous attitude adjustment and makes others perceive us as larger than life.

Good posture reduces strain on our muscles and spine, helps maximize energy and vitality, and helps prevent health issues as we age. And last, but certainly not least, another true benefit to good posture is that it makes our clothes look better and makes it more comfortable to wear killer shoes!

I find that if I take a moment, straighten up, throw my shoulders back, and take a deep breath, the burdens feel lighter, my body feels and looks better, and my attitude is transformed. Thanks, Granny.

(c) 2012. Regan MacPherson

Regan MacPherson is a single mom of a wonderful daughter, a pug and a cat, and is a full-time corporate attorney for a storage technology company in Silicon Valley.

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Writing and Publishing News Blog

Patricia Fry offers a frequently updated blog about publishing and writing that is a great resource for writers of all genres.  You’ll find lots of great tips on how to sell more books. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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After 12 years online, has nearly 975,000 members and is still going strong.  If you are looking for a community of writers, tools, advice and inspiration then you’ll want to take a look at

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National Novel Writing Month

Love writing fiction?  Register to write a novel in a month during National Novel Writing Month in November.  November will be here before you know it and if you want the support to finish your novel fast sign up now to get ready!

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Another Grammar Resource

If you need help with grammar we have the resource for you.  The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation.  There are dozens of guides that you would normally get when you go to college.


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Pam Nelson The Grammar Guide

American Copy Editors Society has a great blog by Pam Nelson with lots of grammar rules explained and tips given.  Take a look for yourself and sign up for the RSS feed.

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Market Your Book With Article Marketing

Article marketing also known as “Article Syndication” is the marketing technique of submitting an article about the topic of your book or a chapter of your book to topic related sites on the internet.  The types of sites you want to submit to are blogs, article newsgroups, article directories, forums and topic specific sites.  You do not need to spin your article or chapter as search engines do not penalize articles that are syndicated to more than one site.

In return for using the article publishers allow you to add a biography and at least one link to your site to the end of your article.  The best use of the link would be to create an opt-in form on that page to capture reader information.  In return, you can provide them with another chapter of your book, a tipsheet or another article.

Once your article has been published tell people about it.  Tell potential clients about it, link to it from your site and post the article link to your social networking sites.  Published articles add to your credibility as a book author.

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