Monthly Archives: April 2012

Don’t Forget Haikufest This Weekend!

Since many of you live in the Chicago area or within driving distance, don’t forget this weekend’s Haikufest! The Midwest Region of the Haiku Society of America, of which I am Regional Coordinator, is holding its annual Haikufest, from 2 … Continue reading

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Feature Writers: Make Your Work Publishable and Praised by Readers

When you write for newspapers and magazines, you must always consider whether your article is not only likely to be published by editors, but if it will be praised by readers. Popularity of writers leads to more writing assignments for … Continue reading

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On Language Patrol: Avoid These Expressions

I’ve been keeping track again of stale language I’ve read in newspapers and magazines these past few weeks. Feature writers and columnists shouldn’t resort to using these hackneyed terms and phrases: 1) pork barrel 2) acid test 3) bone of … Continue reading

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Haiku That Evokes Peace Anchors Us

I love reading and writing haiku that evokes  a moment of peace. I often find peace in solitude when I’m walking alone, or  late at night when I’m in my living room with no noise coming from outside. I recently … Continue reading

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Writers: Get Whimsical

Since today is Friday the 13th, I’ve been having some strange thoughts. During my coffee break, I thought about some zany things I’d like to experience and write about. Every room in my home has a small notepad and pen, … Continue reading

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Consider Your Future as a Successful Writer

Like any other goal in life, if you want to be a successful writer, you have to define where you are now and where you want to go. If you define your writing goals, you can achieve them. They must … Continue reading

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Use Your Imagination in Writing a Title for Your Poetry Book

I believe poetry book titles are among the hardest ones to come up with.  You can study your bookshelf to inspire you to write a title or study titles at a library or bookstore. In looking through my shelf of … Continue reading

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