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Welcome

Welcome to Waterman Words, where writing matters. All of us start our journey as writers in different ways. Some of us start as kids, scrawling stories and poems in scuffed notebooks.  Others don't discover the writing life until college, under the guidance of the greats.  And then there are those who only find the time to write once their children have flown the nest and the quiet hours need filling. As for myself, I started my journey as a writer more than a...

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Dating Advice

When you are interested in a man, how do you let him know it? Do you: Dress in your sexiest clothes to attract his attention? Catch his gaze and give him a sultry smile? Ask him out to lunch? Engage him in friendly conversation? The approach you chose reflects your personality and your intuitive seduction style. Some women believe that men are visual creatures, and the best way to entice them is with eye candy. Other women believe that the eyes are the windows of the...

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Self-Help Advice

No matter how many bookstores you browse, there are always going to be books that you'll never come across unless someone points them out to you. Personally, I think word of mouth is the best way of finding books.  I love discovering a gem that I would have never found without help. That's why I'd like to point you in the direction of a few books that I think you might enjoy. They're not books that you'll find in a bookstore.  You can't...

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Diary of a Relationship Expert

Inside peek into the life of dating expert.
Why Social Media is an Author's Best Friend

I'll never forget setting up my Facebook fan page.

It seemed presumptuous.

Sure, I was a writer, people read my writing, I assume they liked it (or they wouldn't buy it), but to set up my OWN fan page?

Don't you have to reach a certain point of fame before having fans?

And isn't it a teeny weeny bit VAIN to set up a fan page for yourself like you were some kind of ... well ... Famous Author?

Ah, how delightful naive I was back then. :-)

 
Writing Tips from Doreen Virtue

Someone I admire greatly is Doreen Virtue, metaphysical author of over 50 books. Her autobiography The Lightkeeper's Way has been a huge inspiration to me, detailing her bumpy journey from difficult teenage years to an unhappy marriage and finally finding her feet as a counselor and author.

Your Writing Life shared an interview with Doreen on Facebook, and here are the excerpts I found particularly powerful.

 
Worst Time in History to be a Writer?

Is this the worst time in history to be a writer?

Dr. Lewis Birdseye, former professor at Columbia University, suggested so in his talk on the meaning of literature for Bandon Library on 20 April 2015.

Although he amended his comment to refer to "traditional writing," his premise stood:

Pages printed with black type are on their way out. Image-dense digital material - or, as he suggests, some new form of graphic novel - will be the reading choice of future generations.

Is he right?

Of course not.

 
Running for Your Write

Wordsworth did it. Rousseau. Blake. Hemingway. Woolf.

Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card even recommended it to aspiring writers back in 1990, saying:

"[It's] worth the time to take an hour's walk before writing. You may write a bit less for the time spent, but you may find that you write better."

And now the advice is old hat. The New Yorker explains scientifically "Why Walking Helps Us Think," and Merlin Coverley wrote an entire book about it (The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker).

So why do so few writing courses recommend a good long walk in the fresh air?

 
Your Job as an Author

A wonderful quote I had to share...

"Stories are the collective wisdom of everyone who has ever lived. Your job as a storyteller is not simply to entertain. Nor is it to be noticed for the way you turn a phrase. You have a very important job - one of the most important. Your job is to let people know that everyone shares their feelings - and that these feelings bind us. Your job is a healing art, and like all healers, you have a responsibility. Let people know they are not alone. You must make people understand that we are all the same."

- Brian McDonald quoted by Lynne Klippel in "Book Bites"

 
Become a New York Times Bestselling Author

Who do Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, and Gregg Braden go to when they have a book launch?

If you guessed their publisher - that monster juggernaut Hay House - you'd be wrong.

The answer is Peggy McColl.

Peggy is known as the "Millionaire Author Mentor," and I had the great fortune to listen to her speak at an internet marketing mastermind in Las Vegas, where she shared her exact prescription for getting a book onto the New York Times bestsellers list.

 
Becoming a Rich Writer

Is money like water? Economist John Maynard Keynes believed so.

One of his breakthrough ideas was to model wealth as a circular flow.

It was not enough just to make money; money also had to be spent freely for the economy to grow. A healthy economy would avoid blocking this "circular flow of income" by prioritizing both income generation AND expenditure.

Writing flows as well.

In fact, I believe there is a "circular flow of words" that can help explain why some writers make a living and become wealthy from their work, while others remain unread.

 
The Writer Style Guide

If there's one thing I'm fussy about, it's syntax.  Commas don't belong wherever you'd naturally pause in a sentence; rather, there are strict rules governing their use. Ignoring those rules won't make you avant garde or postmodernist; it will simply make you look like you didn't pay attention in English Grammar class.

One thing I've noticed in my travels is that American publishers tend to be much more strict when it comes to grammar, especially in comparison with British publishers.  I remember my horror, as a student at a British university, when I discovered spelling errors in university-published texts.  The Queen's English seems to be much more slippery when it comes to the printed word, considering rules as mere conventions.

Luckily, journalists and copywriters - no matter what their nationality - have strict style guides to abide by.  That's why I was delighted to see TheWriter.com publish their style guide online.  Visit the link below to find out when to use "that" as opposed to "which" (a pet peeve that ranks up there with the misuse of "between" and "among"), whether to italicize or put quotes around titles of films and TV programs, when to spell out numbers (pay attention, Hello magazine), and more.

The Writer Style Guide

 
Writing While Pregnant

Seven months ago, I assured myself that I'd get two books finished before I took time off to have my first baby.  Surely, a book every three months was reasonable?  After all, I'd been known to write a hundred pages a week -- under pressure, of course.

What I didn't count on was baby brain.

No one told me that writing under the effect of pregnancy hormones wasn't as easy as it sounds.  I knew that I could expect to feel more tired than normal, but nothing prepared me for my complete inability to think laterally.  Something had happened to the circuits in my brain that automatically connected ideas and translated them onto the page.  Suddenly, conscious effort was required ... eeew!

Having to "work" at writing was just too much work.

So what is baby brain?  And how does it affect writing?  I'm no expert, but here's what I've found out...

 
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