HOME FIRE:  THE BIG YEAR  WINNERS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO RITA B!  (FROM THE BUFFALO KIWANIS CRAFT FAIR!)


OTHER WINNERS:
AMY G.

DOROTHY H.

Nancy L. 
Nancy E.
Julie T.

You can get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of any of the Home Fire books by completing the attached  order form and mailing it along with your payment to:
Nancy Ann Books
PO Box 47392
Plymouth, MN 55447

Home Fire:  The Journey Home  is now on  Amazon!

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Wild Life!
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April's giveaway, The Giver!

Writer’s Workout

Educate Yourself for Free!

By Nancy Ann

Becoming a successful writer means that you are going to have to have faith and confidence in yourself.  A good way to bolster up confidence is to be educated in the craft of writing.  You can do this by going to school or taking individual courses within your local area or online.  Almost always, these cost money.  The good news is that there are ways to educate yourself for free, or next to it.

Start by looking around your own home for books and resources that you have on hand.  Perhaps an old English text book was left behind from a sibling’s college days.  Most people think that once the course is done, the book is done.  Not so.  You can pick up that text book and read it.  By doing so, you will acquire just about as much knowledge as people who paid to get it, for free!

Go to the library and seek out books on grammar, writing, publishing — all aspects that are involved with becoming a writer.  Check these books out and read them.  Take notes.  Apply what you’ve learned.

Search online.  The internet has a lot of free resources.  Seek out reputable websites that are devoted to writers.  Many of them have podcasts that you can download.  Listen to these on your phone or Mp3 when you’re out for a jog or during a commute.

Always go through books at garage sales or secondhand stores.  You can get great resources for your own personal library at a fraction of the price of new.

You see, money doesn’t have to stand between you and your education.  Don’t let it be the excuse why you can’t learn.  While some jobs do require a degree of sorts, many do not.  Many potential employers consider knowledge and experience just as much as they do a degree.

As a freelance writer, you can’t go wrong by continually educating yourself and constantly improving your skills and independent thinking.  You’ll find yourself to be more confident which will make you more successful.

Nancy’s Notes

Focus on the Task at Hand

By Nancy Ann

Writers are constantly coming up with new ideas.  Sometimes these brainstorms seem so great that current writing projects suddenly take a backseat.  Or worse, they are abandoned.

Be aware, that as a creative mind, you will always be coming up with new and wonderful ideas.  In order for these ideas to reach your audience, you need to create and complete them.  In reference to the first paragraph, the abandoned ideas were once the new and great brainstorm — until something better came along.

Don’t let this happen to you.  When new ideas hit you, write them down in your idea notebook and then continue to focus on the task at hand — your current project.  When keeping an idea book, first write out the basic, main idea as a heading.  Underline your heading and leave ample space for notes below it.  You’ll likely keep thinking of content that you want to include with your new idea.  As you do, simply note them beneath the main idea. 

Once you have completed the project that you are currently working on, go to your idea notebook and select another.  Complete that projected, and then select another.  This is a very effective way to get your projects completed and off your list of things to do.  If you jump from project to project you’ll feel jumbled and also find that your time is spent less effectively; and you may very well end up completing nothing.

Completing a task or project, no matter how large or small, gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment which will fuel your drive to achieve even more of your goals.  Once you get into the habit of focusing on the task at hand, it will become second nature to you.



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