Written by Jennifer Louden

Did you knowrepparttar critical part of your self is never going away? In fact, to want to killrepparttar 129335 critic off is just playing intorepparttar 129336 Critic's game because it is wanting to kill off a part of yourself. It reinforcesrepparttar 129337 idea that something is wrong with you that needs to be fixed-- "Once I get this critic handled, THEN I'll be able to create."

Here is what works much, much better: acceptrepparttar 129338 critic but always, always remember you--the adult, is in charge. Accept thatrepparttar 129339 critic has gifts to share but he only gets to share them when you say so and even how you say so. Accept that we all contain light and shadow, and our full creative power means we have to listen to allrepparttar 129340 parts of ourselves, icky and angelic.

Fully acknowledgingrepparttar 129341 critical parts of yourself is notrepparttar 129342 same as agreeing, entangling with, arguing with, or believing this part of yourself. The best three tools to be in dialogue withrepparttar 129343 critic are:

1) Tellrepparttar 129344 critic, "Thank you for sharing," when you do not currently need his input.

2) Bossrepparttar 129345 critic back during first drafts, gettingrepparttar 129346 paint onrepparttar 129347 canvas, or designingrepparttar 129348 sweater, then inviterepparttar 129349 critic to be heard during editing, revising, duringrepparttar 129350 times you need discernment.

3) Never letrepparttar 129351 critic haverepparttar 129352 last word. Yourepparttar 129353 adult creator is always in charge.

It's very interesting to me that I had to take medication for 6 weeks (yesterday being exactly 6 weeks since my surgery) to keep my body from rejectingrepparttar 129354 "foreign" object in my body...that is,repparttar 129355 stainless steel knee and ligaments andrepparttar 129356 connective cement. It makes me think of how often we reject our creative something that will renew us comes right into our laps and we reject it, consciously or consciously. The medicine that I had to take had to be monitored carefully. I had to have bloodwork every week, and I had to monitor some of my foods because excess Vitamin K threwrepparttar 129357 dosage off. Each week,repparttar 129358 dosage was tweaked to make sure that this medication, this tonic for bodily acceptance, was working properly. ACCEPTING a gift of renewal, it seems, is tough needs monitoring, upkeep, attention, andrepparttar 129359 willingness to surrender to what pain can teach us. Just as that which our spiritual expansiveness requires from us.

She sits inrepparttar 129360 salon ofrepparttar 129361 Mable Dodge Luhan house onrepparttar 129362 outskirts of Taos, New Mexico. Her hand moves acrossrepparttar 129363 page. The smell of currant scones drifts out fromrepparttar 129364 kitchen. She sighs and tells me later, over dinner, that she has never had this much time to write in her life. It is both exhilarating and frightening. "I'm learning I don't like to write in solitude, I like to be around people. I'm learning I don't want to write six hours a day but three. I'm learning I want to write and also do other things in my life."

Make Money Writing Fillers

Written by Teraisa J. Goldman

What Is A Filler?

Open any magazine, newspaper or webpage, and most likely you will come across a filler. A filler is a short item used to fill a space in a publication (or to fill time onrepparttar radio or television--keep in mind that a writer writes these fillers as well).

"The Teaching Home" and "Reader's Digest" actually reserve space specifically for fillers.

Fillers can be as short as a fun phrase; Happiness is thirty-one different flavors of ice-cream. Or fillers can be a long five hundred word anecdote. Fillers are generally nonfiction.

Recipes are fillers in certain publications. Jason Wolfe's free online weekly newsletter, "DIRECTCOUPONS," includes a reader's recipe in each issue. Hints, tips, problems and solutions, jokes, witty quotations, quips, epigrams (short clever poem or paradoxical statement) and other juicy nuggets of writing can also be sold as fillers.

Where Do I Find Fillers?

Fillers happen all around you. Do you clean? Do you have children? Do you cook? Are you a husband or a wife? Do you work (okay, do you have another bread-and-butter type of job?)? Where do you relax? What do you do for enjoyment? Do you have animals? Do you belong to a church or another type of organization? Have you discovered a better/faster/healthier way to do something? You can find fillers everywhere, for any reason, as long as you keep your senses open.

Observe and be alert for unusual or humorous signs on marquees. We read this on a church billboard: Drive-Thru Bible Study. Keep an eye on store windows, traveling trucks and buses. You just never know what you may be passing by.

Watch people. Listen to what they are saying. You will hear twists on old sayings, puns, amusing stories and plenty of jokes.

Mary Ann Hahn of New York says, "Tune in when someone compliments someone else by saying, 'Good idea,' or 'I ought to try that!' Jot downrepparttar 129334 idea. Many magazines use these tips as fillers, and these short pieces can helprepparttar 129335 new writer's break into national publications."

Recording Fillers and Keeping Records Keep a pocket sized notebook and a pen handy at all times. You will be ready to record incidents instantly. Unless you know shorthand, I recommend writingrepparttar 129336 comments, jokes, signs or happenings as completely as time allows. I have found that writing key words only does NOT always jog your memory when you are ready to typerepparttar 129337 filler.

You can use one page per filler, or use index cards, which will be of help when you are ready to file them. File them under headings such as: "Hints," "Tips," "Jokes," "Amusing Sayings," "Quotes," "Recipes," "Personal Experiences," etc. If you feel your filler should go into more than one category, put it in each category and noterepparttar 129338 cross reference.

Each time you submitrepparttar 129339 filler, listrepparttar 129340 date, name and address ofrepparttar 129341 magazine. When it sells, pull it fromrepparttar 129342 category files and move it to a "Published" file.

Additional Filler Tips

While writing, pay attention torepparttar 129343 position (viewpoint) you take to project your filler.

An objective viewpoint may be good if you are making a statement, when it doesn't matter who is speaking, when you report what happens, and when writing certain types of work/shop tips ("Before attempting to take out a splinter, soakrepparttar 129344 area in very warm water."). The statement can stand alone in an objective viewpoint.

Using a subjective viewpoint allows you to use emotions or reactions of a person. First person ("While watching my three-year-old play catch, I...") viewpoints are subjective, as arerepparttar 129345 third person ("Johnny Cash may have made good, but when he..."). This puts us inrepparttar 129346 thoughts ofrepparttar 129347 major character.

Don't be limited to anything. Find out what works for you and forrepparttar 129348 market. Practice writing your filler from different viewpoints. Which one is best for what you are writing? Which one would you want to read? Studyrepparttar 129349 markets to discover what is selling. Like any other form of writing; be sure your manuscript is inrepparttar 129350 best professional form possible. Editors will be turned off by sloppy work. Include an SASE.

Most editors buy all rights when purchasing fillers.

But... Isn't Filler Pay Pretty Low?

Some markets pay about $5 for fillers, while others pay $50 or more. Fillers may not seem lucrative to you, after knowingrepparttar 129351 payscale, but put it in perspective, and think about your time.

Most fillers do not require queries. With that in mind, you just saved weeks of waiting, as well as money for postage. But that is notrepparttar 129352 time I am talking about. Say a feature article will pay you $500. It will take you hours, maybe days of research. Next you will be organizing your information, in order to completerepparttar 129353 article. Finally, you send it out, only to have to rewrite. How much time is that for you?

Writing a filler often takes mere minutes; you happen to read a sign at church with says: "What Part Of 'Thou Shalt Not' Didn't You Understand?" This took maybe a minute to jot down, possibly a half an hour inrepparttar 129354 library looking for an appropriate market, and maybe five minutes to send it off. Maybe an hour. If you are paid $50 (think Family Circle, Woman's Day), that comes to $50 an hour.

Had you been writing that feature article--flat $500 pay--you would have to have it completed in only 10 hours to earnrepparttar 129355 same $50 an hour. Most of us know feature articles' query letters can take more time than that.

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