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Editor's Corner:
Ramblings on the Writing Life

by Moira Allen

Editor's Corner columns may be reprinted according to the terms and conditions set forth HERE.

2015 Columns:
November 19 - Rules vs. Tools - Moira Allen
October 1 - What Would You Do With 48 Days? - Moira Allen
September 17 - Drowning in Backlog - Moira Allen
September 3 - Should vs. Want - Moira Allen
August 20 - What Did You Want to Be? - Moira Allen
August 6 - The Things That Matter - Moira Allen
July 2 - The Things We're Not Good At
June 18 - The Things We Are Good At
May 21 - So Many Words, So Little Time
April 16 - Books: Read and Delete, or Read and Share?
April 2 - To Quit or Not to Quit, Part II: Understanding The Writing Continuum
March 18 - To Quit or Not to Quit, Part I
March 5 - The Perils of the Paperless Office
February 19 - Feeling Like a Fraud
January 2 - Look Both Ways Before Crossing (Off) the Year...

Column Archives:
Dreams, Goals and Resolutions
Our Reach and Our Grasp
Bite-Size Resolutions
Eliminating Timewasters
New Beginnings, Again
Goals and Resolutions: Mid-Year Course Adjustments
So Many Dreams, So Little Time
Climbing the Mountain
A New Year, a Blank Book What Did You Want to Be?

Why We Write
Feeling Like a Dinosaur
Whether to Be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching...
What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?
Are You Doing What You Love?
To Lit or Not to Lit?
The Freedom of the Fourth

Defining Success as a Writer
How Do You Define Success?
Prophets Without Honor: Explaining to Your Family that Writing Is a Real Job!
Bestsellerdom vs. Longsellerdom: Fireworks or a Working Fire?
Is Writing an Art or a Craft?
The Secret of My Success?
The Secret of Success
To Quit or Not to Quit, Part I
To Quit or Not to Quit, Part II: Understanding The Writing Continuum

Writers Helping Writers - and Others
Wish You Merry... Happy Holidays in Not-So-Happy Times
Giving Thanks - Or, Why Writers Are Still Needed
Is It Always Better to Give than to Receive?
Never Too Early to Give Thanks
Thanksgiving with a Twist
The Writer's Gift

Becoming a Better Writer
Grammar Matters!
What Do You Know?
Does Accuracy Matter in Fiction? - Part I
Does Accuracy Matter in Fiction? - Part II
The One Rule for Writers...
'Tis the Season to Get Crafty
It Looks So Easy... Rules vs. Tools

Fear, Procrastination, and Other Fun Things About the Writer's Life...
Stirring the Nest
Seeking the Muse
Facing the Second Draft: Creativity vs. Drudgery
Why We Mumble (Plus Tips on Using a Ghostwriter)
Do You, Author, Take This Novel....?
The Power of Rejection
Feeling Like a Fraud
Drowning in Backlog

Time and the Writer
But First...
Remember Summer Vacation?
Eliminating Timewasters (Or, Is It January Again?)
The Best-Laid Plans
Deck the Halls... and Clear the Decks!
The Dither Factor
When I Have Time...
Too Busy Writing to Write
Is Multitasking Good for Writers?
Writing Time: A Vital Luxury
The Things We Are Good At
The Things We're Not Good At
The Things That Matter - Moira Allen
Should vs. Want - Moira Allen
Drowning in Backlog

On Reading and Books
Why We Do What We Do
Ruminations of the Book Dinosaur
One of the 55 Percent... Adults Who Read YA
My Christmas List
So Many Books, So Little Time
Reading: A Mother's Gift
A Classical Education, At Last
Creating New Readers
May 21 - So Many Words, So Little Time

Old Ways, New Ways... Or, The More Things Change...
The Disappearing Writer - Why You Need a Website
The E-Book Revolution: Different Music, Same Song...
Brave New World... Or Not? Two Sides to the E-Book Revolution
A Revolution We Can't Ignore: More on the E-Book Revolution
Some Things Never Change...
Writers and Social Media: A Match Made in...?
The New Publishing Paradigm - Or Is It?
Of Gates and Gatekeepers
The Perils of the Paperless Office
Books: Read and Delete, or Read and Share?
So Many Words, So Little Time

Rights and Copyright
Copyright Infringement: A Question of Give and Take
Copyright Infringement: Once More, with Slightly Sharper Teeth

Moira Allen is the editor of Writing-World.com, and has written nearly 400 articles, serving as a columnist and regular contributor for such publications as The Writer, Entrepreneur, Writer's Digest, and Byline. An award-winning writer, Allen is the author of eight books, including Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals, and Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests. In addition to Writing-World.com, Allen hosts The Pet Loss Support Page, a resource for grieving pet owners. She lives in Maryland with her husband and the obligatory writer's cat. She can be contacted at editors "at" writing-world.com.


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