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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How To Write A Resume

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A resume must be reader friendly,
pertain to the job you are applying
for, and can be up to two pages
long. It's the key information
that convinces a manager, person
hiring, you are perfect.

Look no further is seen through
your objective, and supported
throughout the resume.

It's not necessary to use the
word objective. In place of
objective: looking to, seeking,
or goal.

Tailor-cut every resume to
the position.

City/State, Zip Code
Telephone Number
Email Address

Objective: Your first line
explains how you can help
a company, and the rest of
the resume enforces it.

Experience: Display jobs you
have held. Start with the most
recent, include dates.

For those that do not have job
experience, jot down
the qualifications you feel is
best suited to prove line one.

Education: College degrees,
courses, and credits fill this

Mention internships if relevant.

Computer: State the fact you
are knowledgeable in Excel, etc.

The mission is to uncover everything
you have done to show worthiness
for the job.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


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Poetry reaches deep down to
show, comfort, you, me. It's
freedom, it's fancy, it lives.
It explores the world, and
names it. No, claims it.

Words uplift, stress you
down, gives meaning.

One word inspires,
brightens a day.

It heals.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Writing Ideas Are Here-There

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"I'd like to write, but I'm not

sure where to get writing ideas."

You sighed.

Ideas arrive from living life.

There is always something going on.

You, as a writer, should jot down

moments from living. Practice. It

will, eventually, happen for you.

Meanwhile, you must observe.

Recall an earlier time. Did

something strange happen

in your house, school, or a

relative's home?

A family moved into a new

dwelling, had a house-warming,

and felt comfortable in it. As a

matter of fact, they threw a

party for any reason.

One night, a guest saw a man

standing in the hallway.

"Hello." Her eyes roamed up

and down his attire. "The...

the party's in there."

She pointed toward the

dining room.

She went downstairs to tell

the host, hostess, and others.

The hostess, with the lady on

her heels, searched all the

rooms. They found no one that

matched the lady's description.

Some of the guests waited at

the foot of the stairs. He

didn't leave that way.

The lady explained how his

clothes looked like something

from the 1920's.

Did the lady see a man? If so,

where did he go? Perhaps, the

host and hostess played a joke.

What was the man looking for?

Why be seen by that

lady, at that time?

I can turn it into a book length


Another view, an essay on old

houses, the paranormal, or the

effects of alcoholic beverages.

There are many ways to write

about the idea. What

did you come up with?

In school, during the year,

1999, a chill filled the air. It

happened in only one class-

room, at the same time of

day. It was rumored that an

eight-year-old was murdered,

in that room. The killer was

never caught.

The teacher mentioned it to

other teachers, parents found

out. Of course, the curious

wanted to feel the chill moment.

So, people visited.

A janitor, who would have been the

age of the child, began to avoid the

room. His eyes became as big as

saucers as he passed it.

He was questioned as to why he

wouldn't clean it.

"It happened there." He told the


"What?" The principal questioned.

The janitor ran away.

What's going on with the janitor?

Does he know anything about the

unsolved murder? Is he guilty of

it? Someone in his family did it?

See how ideas for writing emerge?

Take the smallest idea and turn it

inside out, looking for writing

material. One idea should bring

several leads, or possible writing


Store ideas away. Keep them for

later writing projects. There is no

such thing as useless ideas. What

you can't use, save for another

writing session.

Here is another possible article.

One evening, a family gathered for

dinner. During the meal, a dog

walked in. Shock, fear, crossed their

faces. He sat down. The family

glanced at each other, not sure

what to do. Fear filled the room.

Why? They didn't own a dog.

The dog disappeared. It made no

barking noises.

What an interesting idea for a book

length work. What do you think?

How would you use it in writing?

Ideas for writing fiction and non-

fiction are all around us. Be a

sponge, and absorb them. Rinse

them in your creations.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Take Time To Nurture Your Talent

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"I don't have time, or a place to

write everyday." You said.

Slip, at least, a couple hours into

writing during the day or night.

Set the alarm, for example, two hours

earlier than usual. Especially, if your

surroundings tend to be busy, noisy.

I have the problem of inner-city living.

It's loud where I live. So, I learned

to concentrate on what I'm writing.

As with anything else, practice for

success, everyday.

Simply, slice away some time to

reach your goal of writing.

The best time for you could be on

a break at work. Use a tape recorder

to take notes on a possible story, or


Scoop-up the there's no time to write

excuse, and turn it into fiction. It

should be no longer than one

thousand words.

It's what writers do, or a large

part of what they do.

"What do writers do?" You asked.

They find time to write, scribble

words down. At a later time, go

back to make corrections.

The more you write, the better

you'll become. You'll develop

an editor's eye to critique

your own work.

Now, that isn't to say, you will

not make mistakes. However,

you acquire the skill to see/correct

them, and that's a plus for writers.

Who knows? It could be something you

do for a fee.

I'm referring to critiquing or teaching

to make extra money.

I believe, it's harder to edit one's own

work. Once the editor's eye is developed,

it can take you down many interesting

paths. If you are able to spot mistakes in

your work then do it for others, for a fee.

Some teens, in my neighborhood, were

making noises on the street I live. I

took notes, on different days:

-teen boys trying to bully



-teen boys doing drugs

My observations can roll into fiction

or non-fiction.

"Can you turn it into an essay?" Someone


My essay start follows.

The teen boys, ages range from twelve to

seventeen, congregate on the same corner,

everyday. The fact that they sell drugs

exposes all of us to more danger. Child

on child crime is common. How sad, but

it's a fact of life, in the city.

Feelings of heightened anxiety...

Let's look at how the same notes are

turned into fiction.

"Tom, what's that white powder 'round

your nose?" Jeff stopped at his front


"Mind ya're biz." Tom rubbed his nose.

"You shoulda cleaned your face before

coming home." Jeff opened the door to

their house. "Seeing that would upset


Tom pushed Jeff into the door. They

fell to the floor, struggled.

"What's going on here?" Mrs. Balls asked.

"Stop it!"

She ran to the kitchen, returned with a

pitcher of water. She poured it on the

teens. They pulled away from each other.

The few notes supplied many ideas. The

same can hold true for you.

Everywhere you go, material for writing

waits to be plucked, and smoothed into

fiction or non-fiction.

Yes, ideas for writing are everywhere.

Have you unintentionally over-heard a

conversation at the mall? Something funny

or unusual happened at a family get-together?

I sat next to an older lady who was talking

to a teen. I was deciding if I wanted to

visit the chocolate store.

"I don't think you should go." The older

lady protested.

"I never go anywhere." The teen whined.

"They're my family too."

"But they didn't want anything to do with

you. Now, you inherited..."

I quietly left. After all, a

personal conversation.

I jotted down notes at the chocolate

store, but not exact words.

My idea was to have a teen raised by her

grandmother. The parents died, years before,

and the daughter is at an age where she can

receive money left, or claim funds from a


There are numerous ways to move with it.

At the family get-together pin-down an

idea. What stood out at this gathering?

You will be amazed at the ideas floating

around, and success is yours. You must

believe in yourself.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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Every week, The Authors Show, radio version features interviews with up and coming authors from around the world. This week The Authors Show radio features Marcella Glenn, author of  'Grave Street House'.

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