Monthly Archives: March 2012

Feature Writers: Avoid Stale Language

When writers resort to using stale expressions and words, that signals that they are getting lazy. Below are some stale expressions that I’ve run across in newspapers and magazines, that have no place in writing: 1) better half 2) better … Continue reading

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Feature Article Ideas Abound!

If you are short of ideas for feature articles, let me give you 42 of them, based on articles I wrote and published in the past year. 1) a municipal band leader 2) a barbershop quartet 3) a genealogical society … Continue reading

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Find Beautiful Lines From Poems That Inspire You

I’ve been reading a lot of poetry lately. Each time I read a poem, I highlight lines that I think are lovely. I later make a list of them and reread the list to inspire me. You can even write … Continue reading

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Feature Writers: Use This Checklist

Mark Twain often spoke of  writing in an unpretentious way,  simplicity of language, accuracy, and “naturalness.” These are points that should be uppermost in feature writers’ minds when they write for newspapers and magazines. Heed these key points about your … Continue reading

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Through a Poet’s Eyes: The Way Bruce Matteson Looks at The World

For Bruce Matteson, writing is a way of life. He pauses to write about everything he comes in contact with.  Read the interview below, for it is sure to give you  ideas about finding your own style as a poet. … Continue reading

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Feature Articles: Learn How to Humanize Them

What do we mean when we say humanizing the feature article? That can mean two things: writing in a human interest style, and often, dealing with incongruity. Human interest means that which interests people. That could involve, writing about other … Continue reading

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2012 Haiku Events to Inspire Poets to Publish

For those living in the Midwest or those who are planning a trip there in April, June, or July, you may want to attend some haiku events that I will be speaking at. First, on Saturday, April 28, there is … Continue reading

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