Isn't it a shame that when you write a blog some of your best posts slip away into obscurity. (Then, of course, there are the posts that truly should slip away into obscurity, but that's a different story.)
Anyway, this week I was feeling a little nostalgic, and maybe a little lazy as well, and decided to rerun some of my favorite posts from the last year or so. If you missed the originals, I hope you'll find something amusing or something informative in these selections.
1. 25 Strategies for Smashing Through Writer's Block. No, I'm not going to take the time to argue about whether there is any such thing as writer's block. Whatever we want to call it, most of us have had times when we're simply stuck, and these tips can help.
2. Freelance Writers: 7 Tips for Caring for Your Hands, Wrists, and Arms. We may not be professional athletes, but we still rely on our bodies to make a living. If you aren't already, start treating those hands with kid gloves.
3. Dear Debra - A Letter to My Sixteen Year Old Self. My personal favorite blog posts. I just wish someone really had been around when I was 16 to give me that advice!
4. What Being an ER Social Worker Taught Me About Writing. I spent four years working in one of the city's toughest emergency rooms from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. And believe it or not, my experiences there taught me a lot about writing.
5. Three Outrageous Ideas to Jump Start Stalled Fiction. When all else fails, it's time to get drastic!
6. What's Love Got to Do with It? Doing What You Need When It's Not What You Want. Even if you love being a writer, there are probably a lot of tasks you could do without me. (For me, that would be bookkeeping and marketing.) But, since they've got to be done, this article can help you get motivated.
7. "Hospice Tails" Wins Praise from Hospice Pioneer. I was absolutely head-over-heels thrilled when Barbara Karnes liked my non-fiction book about hospice patients and their pets. Her kindness still makes me smile.
8. What Is My %$^&# Password? Don't even try to tell me this has never happened to you.
9. Time Management for the One-Person Business. I hate time management books that spend four or five chapters telling me how to delegate. Who am I supposed to delegate to? My cats?
10. When Did You Last Update Your Profiles? I took a look at mine, and they were pretty disgraceful, plus they left out recent work that could help me land key clients. Yikes.
11. The Mysterious Muse - And Why She's Not Important as She Thinks She Is. Do you feel like you have to wait for your muse to come wafting by before you put pen to paper. Not a chance!
12. Honest But Kind. I learned this principle from my first editing client years ago, and when I start a new editing job now, I always keep it in the forefront of my mind.
I hope you've enjoyed my favorite posts from the last eighteen months or so. We'll see what the next eighteen months brings.
What are some of your favorite posts from your blog?