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Nov 10, 2003 - Don't Work...Play
Volume 2, Issue 32

The weekly ezine with a road map for sidetracked writers.

"Be better writers today than we were yesterday."

Hello, gang!

Thought for the Week - Don't Work...Play

When is the last time you played Solitaire on your computer?
A quick game may be just what you need to improve your productivity!

The latest research from the University of Utrecht showed how playing computer games can increase productivity and job satisfaction. Similar to a coffee break, playing a quick card game gives your brain a chance to relax and recharge. Want to know more? Check out the full article.

I have to second this suggestion. Yesterday I spent a big chunk of the day playing Lingo Plus with my oldest. We had a blast, but that little voice in my head was hollering at me, "You didn't get any work done. You should have been doing laundry instead of playing," and on and on.

But then, last night, I got one of the best ideas for a new book I've gotten in a LONG time. Was it the power of playing all day? Maybe. Maybe not, but I'm definitely going to say yes the next time my son says, "Mom, can we play Lingo? Please?!?"

(Lingo is a combination of bingo and scrabble. The show is hosted by Chuck Woolery on the Game Show Network, and they have an online version. Wanna play, too? Check it out at: 
and click on Lingo Plus on the right hand side.)

I have a new favorite writer's book, The Writer's Idea Book, by Jack Heffron. Check out the review below.

Thanks for understanding about the delay in newsletters lately. We've been dealing with health issues again, and unfortunately this newsletter was one of the things I let go. But I used the time to plan some new products and services. I'll be debuting them over the next couple months. 

The Organized Writer theme for next year is ... 
Write More in 2004(TM)! 

Stay tuned. Next week I'll have the complimentary 2004 Writer's Calendar available online.

Happy writing (and organizing!), 


P.S.  "This week, I had the pleasure of reading The Organized Writer and interviewing author Julie Hood. This is a book no writer should be without....
-- Michael Knowles,

Read more from our chat and his review....

or you can read more reviews or buy the ebook from 

Book Review:  The Writer's Idea Book


"Where do you get your ideas?"

One of the most common writer's questions (and challenges) is generating new ideas and then communicating them effectively on paper. The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron provides over 400 prompts and exercises to tease your brain and pull the prose from your mind.

Mrs. West, my junior high English teacher, put quotes on the chalkboard each day, and we spent five minutes writing essays in our journals about the quote. The regularity of this daily exercise flexed our mental muscles.

Jack Heffron's book reminds me of those daily writing exercises.

I've never liked prompts, but I like the ones in this book. Heffron is practical and inspiring while acknowledging just how hard it is to write. His first prompt, in fact, tells you not to write! He suggests setting aside time to write but only if you want to write. If you don't want to write, that's OK. There's just one rule: you just can't do anything else either.

And then on page 123, he tells you to be keenly aware of every step in a regular household chore. Anyone who can make a writing exercise out of folding laundry has to have found the secret to writing! 

Check out The Writer's Idea Book at Amazon.

November Reminders
Link of the Week:

Are you hunting for a new book? Use to compare prices at 81 book stores and 40,000 sellers.

As the holidays approach, take a few minutes to get your home in order and make some plans. Here's what's on my list:

1. Make holiday plans. My favorite resources are:

-- Christmas Countdown and its holiday organizer

-- Flylady's Holiday Control Journal

2. Get the mail under control. With the flood of catalogs and holiday sales flyers, the mail piles can quickly take over. Get rid of any current piles, and make plans for the rest of the mail.

3. Finish holiday shopping. My plan is to do most of it online with a focus on free shipping offers. See a list of offers.

Don't forget to always shop safely online (when entering your credit card numbers, make sure the page is secure with a lock in the bottom right hand side of your browser). 

Like Organized  You'll love the book..... 

Check out the latest review of The Organized Writer, by Betty Winslow at

"With intriguing chapters...and an appendix of 25 ready-to-use forms, this book is exactly what disorganized writers need to pull themselves out of the pit of disorganization they have fallen into."

Read more from AbsoluteWrite.comThanks Betty!

Get your copy today (instant download, no shipping):

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DRAW daily (Declutter-Read-Assess-Write)
What is this? 

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1. Declutter (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Read (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. Assess (30 seconds to 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. Write (at least 5 minutes)

Weekly Checklist

For freelance writers: Use this weekly checklist to find, write and send a query every week of 2003!

__ Make notes on a new idea.

Tuesday: Accounting Day
__ Post your accounting records.
__ Pay bills.
__ Follow up on outstanding invoices and queries.

__ Find a new market using links below.

Thursday: Errand Day
__ Make copies.
__ Return books to library.
__ Make deposit at bank.

__ Finish query and submit.
__ Match your query to the market.

Saturday Weekly Review
__ How was this week?
__ What's up next week?
__ Review your Projects list in your planner and check the
__ Jot the next action steps for your projects on next week's
__ Backup your computer files.
__ Virus scan your computer.

__ Relax and enjoy!
__ Do something fun today!


Organized Writer's Guideline Database
Absolute Write's Market Archives
Writer's Weekly Jobs guidelines writers wanted
Funds for Writers - Jobs and Markets
Paying Markets List
Freelance Job Bank 
Writer's Write Writer's Guideline Directory
Writer's Digest - Market of the Day
Writer's (subscription only)

Writer Gazette Job Board 
Writer Gazette Call for Submissions
Sell Writing Online
Writer's Crossing


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success stories, or suggestions, reply to this message or e-mail
me at

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