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Jul
25
Frank Ball

Page Turner Needed

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Sometimes, professionals need help.

Bring in someone to perform a simple task, and the communication can become really funny.

 

Jul
22
Frank Ball

Practice with Persistence

Encouragement, Writing Well
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(Part 4 of 5)

Bestselling authors have learned the value of persistence. They use time wherever they can, gathering ideas, making notes, and writing. Even with that effort, they will produce around 750 good words a day, about three double-spaced pages. At the same time, they might cut 2,000 bad words, because they insist on good words.
  At such a slow daily output, how they can finish a novel in a year. They do it by writing every day.
  Do the math: five days per week, fifty weeks per year, equals 750 pages of 187,500 words.
  Persistence in writing something, almost every day is much more productive than occasionally writing a lot.

Jul
18
Frank Ball

Spellcheck

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Spellcheck is a wonderful aid—until wee bee come two depend ant on it, thinking it will find the saturations when we leaf out a word or have a wrung word.

To read Martha Snow’s wonderful poem, “Ode to the Spell Checker,” illustrating the danger, Click Here.

Jul
15
Frank Ball

Recognize the Value of Practice

Encouragement, Writing Well
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(Part 3 of 5)

If success were easy, it wouldn’t be worth much. Talent is over-rated, an excuse for those who view themselves as something less than they could be.
  Many people regard Mozart as a “child prodigy,” as if what comes so difficultly for others came naturally to him as a youngster. Actually, from the time he could walk, he ate, slept, and breathed music. He copied the masters. He had a private tutor. By age twelve, he had more practice than most musicians experience in a lifetime.
  What we see in others are the results of many hours of hard work. If we see the value, we’ll do the work, causing those who haven’t invested the time to recognize us as “talented.”