Monthly Archives: July 2013

Contest Reminder!

It’s not too late! You still have one whole week to enter the Dee Tales Writing Contest. (See my last post) The top three submissions will be posted along with a link to your blog/website if you have one. Not sure how to get started? Click on the Dee Tales tag for inspiration.

Please submit entries to deannadilello@gmail.com

Good luck!

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The Dee Tales Writing Contest!

Live Plants

Calling all writers! Let your creativity loose on this photo. There’s no word count, but try and keep it short. Feel free to write in any genre. Multiple entries by the same author accepted!

The top three submissions will be posted along with a link to your blog/website if you have one. Not sure how to get started? Click on the Dee Tales tag for inspiration.

Please submit entries to deannadilello@gmail.com by 4pm on August 2.

Good luck!

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Dee Tales: The Changing of the Tides

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Dee Tales are whimsical stories inspired by photographs taken with my i-phone. A tiny story for you, a wee sense of accomplishment for me. Enjoy.

Slaves, soldiers, immigrants, all sinking down into the deep… Hundreds of years worth of burying people at sea is bound to upset the ocean.

At first there weren’t enough of them to cause an effect. (The ocean is fairly large, after all) But now it’s happened. It is no longer the moon that controls the tides. It’s the water ghosts. And they… are not… happy…

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How to get started

Writers are huge procrastinators which means just getting to the computer is feat in itself. So how do you do it?

There are days when I have to trick myself. I turn on my computer with the intension of checking my email and nothing more. (For those of who you receive dozens and dozens of emails, this technique might not work for you) Once read, I tell myself now that my computer’s on I might as well read what I wrote yesterday. Inevitably I am either horrified and immediately start rewriting, or I am delighted and decide to continue.

I was never a big supporter of stream of consciousness writing as a writing exercise, but used as a way to clear the junk from your brain, I am a full supporter. Write down everything you are fixating on. Everything that’s bugging you. Nagging at you. Then throw it away.

Reading inspirational quotes, writing blogs, setting a writing quota, giving yourself a reward for a hard day’s work, do whatever it takes. If all else fails ask yourself what you’d rather be doing. (If it’s fishing, you might not be a writer)

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The Facts

– If you feel off you are not sick, you are not tired. You just haven’t written.
– While you may think you’re too tired to write, writing will give you energy. Do it.
– Not every writer has support from their family and friends. Be grateful if you are one of the lucky ones.
– You don’t have to be jealous of writers who are published, who write faster or better than you.
– You do have to feel sorry for people who don’t love books with a passion. There is clearly something wrong with them.

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