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Last week I met with a friend who had signed up for an extensive online writing course that lasted a year that was no longer of interest for various reasons.

"Why do you keep trying to do the course?" I asked. He was clearly feeling guilty for falling behind on the lessons.

"It motivates me to write," he replied.

"If the only reason you're drowning in guilt over something you aren't learning from is for motivation, there are better ways to be motivated," I said. I gave him official permission to stop doing the course and not worry about it again. Sometimes we need someone to give us that kind of permission.

I then suggested picking at least one day a week to write just to get in the habit of it, before upping the amount. Ultimately, he wanted to write something longer and larger in scope, but didn't know what to write about.

"Just write whatever you want to now," I said. "You'll start to see themes emerge."

Assignment: Pick one day this week to write on whatever and however you want. If you write it on your blog, feel free to include the link in the comments of this post.

I know I'll be at my usual coffee shop at 9 am sharp this Wednesday, writing. Where will you be?
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I snagged a copy of "Creating Characters" at the bookstore, and it's turned out to be super helpful. Well-known authors and people in the literary world have created essays on characterization based around a structured approach. I highly recommend it.
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What's your favorite online writing class? I've been working through James Patterson's class on Masterclass.com and have been really enjoying it. Direct, no frills, not pretentious, not overly precious. Rather refreshing.
The world's best-selling author teaches you his tricks of the trade.
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If you were to look for a writing group, what qualities would matter the most to you? Would it be the size of the group (large or small), how often the met, whether or not a published writer was part of the group, where they met, what their meetings were like, and so on.

What would your ideal writing group provide to its members?

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Who doesn't like a good laugh? You can infuse your writing with it to make otherwise bland copy a little more fun. This isn't just for brands, mind you, but any writer. I dug up some classic tips on making your writing more laugh-worthy and pared them down to make them easy to use. 
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I've been receiving a steady round of emails the past months from readers wondering if I've stopped blogging. The answer is definitely no, but there is a reason my Lone Prairie blog has gone silent for a few months.

I tell you all about it in a new post, plus give you a chance to provide input on some important decisions I'll be making in regards to the blog. If you're a regular reader, I'd appreciate a few minutes of your time to help me decide the new direction of the Lone Prairie Blog. 
I’ve received several emails over the past months wondering if I was done blogging and (heart be still!) sad if that were the case. I explained my plans in an email to those on my list, which you can read here. Essentially, no. I haven’t stopped blogging. But I am looking to make a move. …
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You don't need a ton of money or all kinds of fancy equipment and skills. You can write blog posts with very little (and it's better that way, anyway!) 
You already know how to blog. But, to actually start and keep going, you may need to blog with next to nothing. Here's how you can blog like a minimalist.
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After attending a fantastic writer's conference in Montana last year, where professor/author James Hall presented several times, I bought his book "Hit Lit: Cracking the code of the Twentieth Century's biggest sellers." I highly recommend it.
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Are you from the North Dakota region? Like writing? Consider the North Dakota Writers group.
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If you're blogging for fun, maybe your solution for not feeling like writing a blog post is to just stop writing. But, if you're blogging for work or for professional purposes, you don't have that luxury. I've collected a few of the techniques I've used in the past 13 years of blogging to help you disinterested bloggers get going again. 
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If making money through blogging is your dream, here are three ways to go about doing it. You might make money on your own blog or, like me, writing blog posts for other blogs. http://cos.sc/1IwTRSr
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Not sure it's a good idea to give freebies away on your blog? Yyou might want to reconsider that hesitation. 
Blog giveaways are so popular, that if you don't offer free content, you might be missing out. Here are 5 things about blog giveaways you have to know.
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Lone Prairie Art Works is about not living the passive life. It's about not sliding through life on default, without thinking and choosing and defiantly being.

It's a network made up of several blogs that touch on the key things of life.

The Lone Prairie Blog is the overarching blog, full of posts questioning, poking, and laughing at life.

The J Letters blog focuses on writing, art, creativity, and productivity. Being a creator, instead of a consumer, is what Lone Prairie is all about. This blog will help you do it better.

The Lone Prairie Magazine is both a blog and quarterly paper magazine (though you can a digital copy, too). The blog covers life on the lone prairie here in North Dakota, featuring fascinating people, places to travel, and the stories of life on the plains. The magazine features fresh and unpublished content not seen on any of the Lone Prairie blogs. Its unique, slightly off-kilter and unpredictable.

North Dakota Eats, and we have the blog to tell you about it. This blog features news and reviews on restaurants throughout North Dakota, as well as recipes and tips from my years as a pastry chef.

Angryman Cartoon is strange little grumpy cartoon character, an alter ego, perhaps, who experiences life through a pair of expressive eyebrows and a flair for being grouchy.

Official Bob is the strangest little fellow you've ever met. He's a doll (no really) and he tells stories through photographs, blogathons, and drama. You've not seen anything like him.

The julesvern97 blog is a kind of "B-sides" blog, the things that aren't fit to print, the background-behind-the-scenes content you wish you knew about a blog.

There's a lot to Lone Prairie. You fit in here.
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