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Writing Is Better with Bacon

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If you are like me, you’ve ventured outside your comfort zone and sampled at least one strange bacon infused concoction. Donuts, pickles, jam, ice cream, brownies . . . Everything is better with bacon—even the craft of writing!

“Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”

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The Renaissance-era scientist and philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon. He, perhaps unknowingly, packed a powerful writing lesson into that one simple sentence.

Let’s break it down.

READING fills a writer with knowledge, ideas and a better understanding of technique. When a writer reads, he or she learns more about the craft of writing by experiencing various writing styles, voices, forms and genres.

CONFERENCE inspires writers to write. Have you come away from a writers’ conference filled with ideas and readiness? Of course you have! Conversing with other writers and creative people sparks motivation. It prepares a writer to write.

EXACTNESS is the final part of Bacon’s lesson. A ready writer works diligently to find the exact words to convey an exact meaning. That’s the most difficult part of writing, taking knowledge and readiness and weaving them into something great.

Reading makes a full writer; conference a ready writer; and writing an exact writer.

The next time you feel stuck, remember Sir Francis’ words:

Read. 
Converse. 
Be exact.

and remember:
Writing is better with Bacon!

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Sir Francis’ mother was a cook who married a bacon.
Anne (nee Cooke) Bacon.

Some scholars believe Sir Francis faked his own death.
He wanted to live—without bringing home the bacon!

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5 Ways to Push Forward When Your Head Says, “Stop!”

f070fa2970d13d6c90097dcc1a47c19cA key lesson I’ve learned as a freelancer is that self-motivation is essential for success. So when I’m without a project I don’t stop working. Instead, I follow five steps to keep moving forward.

1. I change my venue. I get away from my regular writing spots and go somewhere to clear my mind. I search for places where ideas grow. For me, it’s getting close to nature. For someone else it might be visiting a museum or attending a writing conference. The goal is to find a place that gets you thinking about new writing topics and opportunities. A change of venue is like a clean slate begging for words.

2. I Read. When I’m not working on projects, I increase the time I spend reading. I read fiction and nonfiction. I read about publishing trends, and I check out writers’ blogs. Reading is great motivation for writing. It inspires me to explore new directions.

3. I Write. After I finish a project, I switch gears and write something entirely different: a blog post, a short story, a poem. I don’t write with the idea of publication. I just write to free myself from my last project and get ready for the next. Switching gears forces me to keep my writing skills polished.

4. I look beyond my boundaries. Writers tend to label themselves as children’s writers, educational writers, freelance writers, or whatever. I set aside labels and explore what else might be a good fit for me. I look at new genres and then for opportunities where I might try them on. I look at what publishers want, what’s selling, electronic publishing vs. print. I try to break out of the mold that I’ve set for myself, and stretch.

5. I communicate with other writers. I look for positive communication to boost me up instead of pull me down. Teaming with other writers who are excited about their craft is the best form of motivation. It’s also a good way to get referrals. Often, this sort of networking has led to my next project.

Martin Luther said,
“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.’”

So, remember: when you have nothing to do,
doing nothing is not an option.
Try my ideas, or your own, and
stay motivated.

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