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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    Blergh...I hate when I come across old writing. I'm a harsh critic of my own stuff.
    Same here, Butt. Nobody's a tougher critic on my writing than I am.

    But the one good thing about rereading some of your old work is that you can see the areas where you improved.

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    True, true. And every once in a very blue moon I come across something and think 'hey, that's really not bad at all.' It's a rare day when that happens, though. Hell, I don't even like most of what I currently write.
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    Sometimes, I'll read some old work and think 'wow, I wrote that?' and that applies to the good and the bad writing.

    But the best thing to do if you really love to write is to just keep doing it.

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    Yeah, too right. I'm trying to get back into freelance right now and forgot about the amount of discipline you need. Gah...I really have to strap myself to a chair and disconnect the internet.
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    Same here. I keep telling myself that I need to buckle down and write, but between the Internet, looking for a job and other things I can't seem to carve out the time.

    Although my goal is to start carving out some time before the end of the month.

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    Ok, I challenge you: write one article proposal that has a good shot at being bought by the end of July. Are you on?
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    Sounds like a plan. Give me a few specifics and guidelines.

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    OK, come up with an article idea that could be sold to a mid-range women's magazine. Think Women's Day or the like.
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    Good advice in this thread.



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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    OK, come up with an article idea that could be sold to a mid-range women's magazine. Think Women's Day or the like.
    A woman's magazine? You're not making this easy.

    How about this? The cultural dynamics between older & younger women in the corporate workplace in the post-feminist era.

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    Excellent. Give me headline, a secondary bold and a general run-down of what the article will be about. PM if you're more comfortable.
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    Damn. How much work do I have to do? I just thought about how the older & younger women at my old job didn't get along, and just threw in the words 'cultural' & 'feminism' to make it sound professional.

    Give me a little time and I'll think of a headline, drophead and some key article points.

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    Here's what I came up with, Butt:

    Survival of the Feminist in the Workplace
    How women view each other & cope in the post-feminist era

    Key article points:

    1) The definition of feminism for younger & older women

    2) Younger women who use sex appeal over experience

    3) Older women who feel like experience isn't enough vs. sex appeal of younger women

    4) How both younger & older women view workplace sexism

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    omg butt, what a great thread! i always wanted to write but have no idea to go about it and i know its extremely hard work so i've been lazy too ...

    this is exciting though, maybe just maybe ill start

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I wrote a novel years ago when I was about 18 or 19. Took me almost a year to finish it since it was about 700-plus pages. I went back and reread it a few months ago, and laughed my ass off with how cheesy and bad it was.
    so thats still quite an accomplishment! i dont think most ppl realize how hard it is to write anything, let alone a whole novel! im impressed king!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceInWonderland View Post
    omg butt, what a great thread! i always wanted to write but have no idea to go about it and i know its extremely hard work so i've been lazy too ...

    this is exciting though, maybe just maybe ill start



    so thats still quite an accomplishment! i dont think most ppl realize how hard it is to write anything, let alone a whole novel! im impressed king!
    Thanks, Alice. It is hard to write, especially a book, screenplay or play, but it's worth it when you're done and you can look at what you've accomplished.

    And if you feel like writing, you should give it a try. If you can't figure out where to start, just think of things from your own life, or the lives of people you know, as a jump-off point.

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