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Joe Bunting
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In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my two-year old son and I read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. If you’re not a parent, then you may not know just how boring children’s books can be. It’s not that they’re necessarily poorly written but that kids want to read the same ones again and again and again. However, I never mind re-reading Dr. Seuss books, with their tongue-twisting rhymes, chaotic storylines, and anthropomorphic characters.
What does it mean when something is described as anthropomorphic? Here's the definition and several examples from literature and film.
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I'm a gramma and I still love reading them!
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Story ideas often come to us almost out of thin air—whether from an overheard conversation in a coffee shop, or just a random thought that pops into your head in the shower. But other times, you’re ready to write a new story and all that you’ve got is the blank page in front of you.

That’s okay! There are a number of tried and true methods to jumpstart your brain and draw those story ideas out. Here are my three go-tos…
There are a number of tried and true methods to jumpstart your brain and draw those story ideas out. Here are my three go-tos.
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Steven Pressfield, a dear friend, wrote a short manifesto, Do The Work.  The title of the book actually answers so many questions. It is Do The Work, not Read About The Work, or Tell Your Cat About The Work, or Think About The Work. 

I asked Mr. Steve only three questions, following the example of my typist who has interviewed Steven Pressfield before about his books, The War of Art, and Turning Pro. Both excellent books.
Steven Pressfield, a dear friend, wrote a short manifesto, Do The Work. The title of the book actually answers so many questions, it is Do The Work, not Read About The Work, or Tell Your Cat About The Work, or Think About The Work. I asked Mr. Steve only three questions.
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If you won an Oscar, what would YOU say in your speech?
if you think about it, the winners are given a minute to give a speech about anything AND to have millions of people listen. Oscar speeches are powerful.
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The smell of incense is thick and heady, mingling with the hours-old scent of burnt toast. Outside, it’s quiet except for the shrill yap of a dog or the rogue shriek of a child’s laugh. Inside, it’s cold – numb fingers tapping away at smooth, overused keys. The aftertaste of coffee lingers in my mouth, simultaneously bitter and sweet.

What did you notice about this paragraph?

Yep, that’s right, I used all of the senses except sight.
What did you notice about this paragraph? Yep, that’s right, I used all of the senses except sight.
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In January 2009, a British TV producer and mother-of-two began writing under the pseudonym “Snowqueen’s Icedragon” after being inspired by the Twilight saga (if you’re a regular, you know we have mixed feelings about Twilight).

Ms. Icedragon published her first novel, Master of the Universe, online, which was loosely based on the Twilight characters. In 2011 she decided to self-publish the series, which soon built up enough buzz to be talked about by Fox News and other networks.

In 2012, Random House picked up the series. Since then, the now-titled Fifty Shades of Grey series, has sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the bestselling of all time.
Fifty Shades of Grey has sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the bestselling of all time. Why is it so popular?
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I assume it was a typo. It should have been “The early bird gets the word.” Why? Because I believe that writers who want to be more productive need to start getting up earlier.

Now, before the night owls start hooting at me, let me make my case—a very unscientific and highly personal one.
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Somehow I missed the Taylor Swift bandwagon in 2008. But this year, I hopped on for good. Whether you’re a hater or a fan, Taylor Swift is clearly doing something right. It’s amazing how much sense her songs make when you substitute “writing a book” for the references of love.

With that in mind, here are four lessons Taylor Swift can teach you about writing a book.
It's amazing how much sense Taylor Swift's songs make when you substitute "writing a book" for the references of love. Here are four lessons.
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In the spring of 1925, a Dartmouth College senior named Theodor Geisel was caught drinking, a serious offense during prohibition. As punishment, he was forced out of his role as editor-in-chief of Dartmouth’s humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. That didn’t stop Geisel from writing, though. He submitted humor stories under a variety of pen names, L. Pasteur, L. Burbank, and, the one he would one day become famous for, Seuss.
Dr. Seuss is one of most successful children's book authors of all time. What can we learn about the craft of writing from Dr. Seuss?
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Depending on the fictional work, villains have different philosophies on the relationship between good and evil. Some villains are aware of the fact that heroes are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that the forces of good and justice prevail. Others can’t comprehend the idea of a hero sacrificing themselves for the sake of the greater good.
Depending on the fictional work, villains have different philosophies on the relationship between good and evil. Some villains are aware of the fact that heroes are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that the forces of good and justice prevail. Others can’t comprehend the idea of a hero sacrificing themselves for the sake
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What is beautiful writing? What kind of sentence (or paragraph, or page), makes us pull out a pencil and underline? When we see a quote on Pinterest or Twitter, what makes us pin or retweet it?

There are many different kinds of writing styles, and we all have different tastes. But I think there are four things in particular that make us all read a passage over and over again.
What is beautiful writing? What kind of sentence makes us pull out a pencil and underline? I think there are four things that make us reread a passage.
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Many an expert has prescribed voracious reading as a way to improve your writing.

But don’t just read anything, they warn—read quality in addition to quantity. Read the stories in styles you adore, the plots you wish you’d come up with yourself. It’s by reading what you love and admire, say the experts, that you will improve your own writing the most.

Well, I love comic books.
Many an expert has prescribed voracious reading as a way to improve your writing. Well, I've learned about writing through comic books.
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    Ghostwriter / Editor, 2010 - present
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Professional writer, editor, and ghostwriter. I write books in meadows at sunset. I also write about writing at thewritepractice.com.
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Drank tea in Wicklow, celebrated Shabat in Jerusalem, road bikes in Kenya, and drove across America to get my wife.
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    English Literature, 2004 - 2007
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