Cleaning Up Your Copy

Written by Neroli Lacey

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Later delete allrepparttar overmatter. Sometimes doing it in two steps is easier than one fell swoop.

As novices we love a certain word, phrase or musicality. Don’t be distracted by that. Think only of your reader andrepparttar 108100 shortest route to communicating your idea.

My mentor, Natalie Goldberg in Writing Downrepparttar 108101 Bones, says,“when you go over your work, become a Samurai, a great warrior with courage to cut anything willing not to be sentimental about your writing when you reread it. Look at it with a clear, piercing mind.”

“Clear writers have acceptedrepparttar 108102 grim reality,” says John Trimble that nine-tenths of all writing is rewriting...perhaps most important of all, they are sticklers for continuity. They link their sentences and paragraphs as meticulously as if they might face criminal charges for negligence.”

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Writer Wanna Be's

Written by Joyce C. Lock

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So, there are no guidelines thatrepparttar 'would be hopeful' can obtain ~ unlessrepparttar 108099 writer throws out their own style, to match someone else's, in hopes of being accepted into that group. And, that could even be a good thing, if only that group were a 'for real' publisher. But, what really happens is authors sell their soul to be accepted by a group of writer wanna be's.

As it is with many, one's dream of writing is not all that different fromrepparttar 108100 self-defeating teen-age dream of, one day, winningrepparttar 108101 Miss America pageant; only with more substance. If you are fixed on becoming famous byrepparttar 108102 world's methods, go right ahead and letrepparttar 108103 world keep kicking you in pants. As Christians, when we followrepparttar 108104 majority, we lose sight of why we are writing and end up inviting our own defeat.

However, if you are inspired by Holy unction, you will write whether you ever become famous or not. And, when God inspires you to write, there are souls waiting for that message. If you ever get a glimpse intorepparttar 108105 importance, significance, and magnitude of that, you will share your writings whether you ever get paid or not ... and you will stop welcoming criticism. Our accuser's name is Satan.

Also, when God inspires a writing, it doesn't really belong to you. So, when 'represented to be' Christian (Christ like) people holler about copyrights, I start to lose respect for them. It is one thing for another to claim and or make a profit off your works. It is another to threaten and sue when someone has paid such a compliment as to share your writing with others it might, also, minister to. The same goes for all forms of Christian ministry. For however many ways God opens doors,repparttar 108106 seed He gives can and should be multiplied again, and again.

It is God's job to determine how many times one's seed gets multiplied. Our part is to be available, faithful, and obedient to share that which He blesses us with. And,repparttar 108107 more you share,repparttar 108108 more God gives you to share. Also,repparttar 108109 better you will get at it! Then, as it works in with God's timing and you are spiritually prepared for what comes next, God will open more doors ~ then more.

If your calling leads inrepparttar 108110 direction of publishing, publishers will find you. For others, writing may have helped develop confidence in being a better speaker. Whatever your path in life is to be, He who calls you will also do it. His yoke is easy and that takesrepparttar 108111 pressure off us.

Let us forgetrepparttar 108112 wanna be's and put our focus on being a servant. God makes all things beautiful, when it is time.

© 2004 by Joyce C. Lock

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

2 Co. 9:6-8

This writing, as well as all of Joyce C. Lock's writings, may be individually used, in their entirety, with credits in tact; for non-profit ministering purposes

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the e-mail ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" and "Share a Smile" . Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

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