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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.

Rewriting Rules

“In painting, as in composing or any art form, what you take out is as important as what you leave in.” Neil Simon From Neil Simon’s Rewrites: A Memoir: “By the end of the first week I had written eighteen … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Something about this poem made me think of warm summer nights and velvet moons: A Boy, A Lake, A Sun My little boy, the vast, still lake,And the big low sunKeep each other companyNow the day is done. The child … Continue reading

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Seeking Simplicity

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”   Frederic Chopin As soon as I read this, I knew I … Continue reading

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Viva Verbs!

William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, proclaims, ‘Verbs are the most important of all your tools.’ Amen to that. Verbs give us the action, and well-chosen verbs give us the flavor of that action. Although we can’t banish weak verbs … Continue reading

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Cherished Cheerleaders

“Keep away from small people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain A short, snippy story: Playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote this … Continue reading

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Strong Words

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” “My book came out; and people began to think that topsy-turvy Louisawould amount to something after all.” “Some books are so familiar, that reading them is like … Continue reading

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Unexpected Findings

An inspiring story: For 10 long years, Professor Alexander Fleming searched for ways to kill bacteria. Then one day, he was tidying up his laboratory and getting ready to leave. He stacked several dirty dishes in an antiseptic bath in … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As we begin our holiday, may your life be full of  joy and gratitude, now and always: God’s WorldEdna St. Vincent Millay “O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!Thy winds, thy wide gray skies!Thy mists, that roll and rise!Thy … Continue reading

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Your Best

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”   Epictetus A Stoic philosopher with a flair for living a full life in dangerous times, Epictetus knew about the value of strong, … Continue reading

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Perseverance Pays

“Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness, but perseverance all can have.” Woodrow Wilson “People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.” Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher … Continue reading

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