There is nothing like clichés; words or phrases that are so common they tend to lose their effectiveness completely.  Well, that usually  happens when that phrase has been worn out by a lot of people or a few people. Whatever the reason, it is possible to get calloused to phrases that once had meaning.  Here’s one from the dentist: “Brush twice a day and floss daily.”  We really get tired of that and make excuses for not following his or her advice until we are in the hot seat again and there is this HUGE needle  headed for your mouth!

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Then you think, “I should have flossed and brushed twice a day.”  Well, here are two cliché phrases that cannot lose their powerful message or effectiveness for you: YOU CAN DO IT! HANG IN THERE!  If these phrases lose their effect on you, we’ll never be privileged to read your great work.  Even more, you’ll never realize that dream of your first or second published book.  So please, you can do it.  Just hang in there. Writer’s block will dissipate.  The kids will go to bed or summer camp. You’ll get that two-week vacation, life will give you a break from its heartaches and disappointments. It’s then that I want you to get to writing, pecking and typing. Whenever you feel like it can’t be done, think about that big needle headed for your mouth and the regret you may feel.  Hey, I’m waiting to get that manuscript.  YOU CAN DO IT! HANG IN THERE!

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Let me know if you think I am right.  

We are kindred, all of us because we are all human beings.  We are men and women. That’s a given.  But I see today everyone wanting to make sure that they are in line with what’s popular or God forbid – regular.  Don’t get me wrong I believe that there are some things that must be absolute for people to remain people (love, kindness, compassion, respect, non-violence, fairness, etc.)  But come on, must every writer be the same and write about the same things; say the same words, use the same current topics, the same jargon, the same usual, regular, boring genres in the same usual way…… drawing of man sleeping

I think you get my drift.  Even if you have the same topic must it always be just like everyone else’s?  For instance, many people with great writing skills they’ve not yet tapped into write about sex.  Why? Because it sells. 

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Please, stop and think about it.  You are a writer.  There’s a vast universe of topics and subject matter to choose to write about and all that comes to mind is sex. Wow, how boring.  (Yes, I said ‘boring’). You are unique and have unique experiences that make  your writing specific to you. Don’t limit yourself to what is ‘popular’ and heaven forbid, to what sells.  That talent you have is more than you know.  Don’t suppress it, don’t ignore it, don’t limit it.  The world and the universe is at your disposal.  Put it on paper and bring it to the masses who truly love to read a unique and good book.  When it’s finished send it to me.  I’ll get it ready for your publisher. You know that I’m here for you.

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At an early age, my grandson was diagnosed as special needs.  I was terrified because I knew nothing about the particular condition he had and felt that I couldn’t do what was necessary to help him along.  Well, guess what, with some exceptional professionals at the school, and taking a couple of courses I found that I could do it–I could help him out.  Guess what?  I did it, too.  He was promoted from elementary school to middle school today.  


My 5th grade graduate. My big boy.


What am I saying?  Yes,  you can, too.  You can write that story that’s been in your head for many years.  Yes, you can gather those poems that you have written on lined paper, on brown paper bags, on note paper, and even on a restaurant napkin! You can gather them up, take them to Kinko’s or wherever you can get them scanned and put on flash drive and send them to me.  

Yes, you can finally finish that dissertation so that you can get that degree you already worked so hard for.  Yes, you can get that resume updated and get a killer cover letter to accompany it, get that interview and then that dream position. Yes, you can do it and it won’t take long.  Yes, you can do it and yes, you can stop making excuses and second guessing yourself.  

You are unique and that makes your work unique.  Don’t think of being like anyone else except you.  How boring to be like everyone else.  When I have finished editing  your novel, short story, poetry collection or glance through that technical paper that will boggle my mind, you’ll be glad that you made up your mind that–YOU CAN!

Remember, I’m here for you and will assist you in all your efforts. Check out my website:

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Please remember that throughout man’s history words have carried weight and changed the world around us.  Never feel that your literary work doesn’t matter.  Below are words from people who sacrified and gave their all; words that enhanced this great nation and turned it in a positive direction.  Read words of eternity,and be encouraged.  I am here for you.


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

~Mahatma Gandhi

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

~Mother Teresa

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

~Nelson Mandela


Preamble of the Constitution of the United States

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

13th Amendment

Section 1

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.



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Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Showing Up — Live to Write – Write to Live

If it’s true what they say, that 80 percent of success is showing up … Most often attributed to Woody Allen, the maxim “80 percent of success is showing up” has earned its place in the collective cultural consciousness. But, how does one actually “show up,” and is it as easy to do as it […]

via Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Showing Up — Live to Write – Write to Live

A Few More Memories

Talk about memories:  My eldest daughter is 38 years old.  But once she was 5 years old and she was watching a cartoon on T.V.  She came and asked, “Mom, can I have a Ahhple (apple)?  I got one for her and washed and wiped it. I told her, “Whatever parts you don’t eat, bring them back to me,” (I was expecting that she’d bring me the inside, seeds, and the core).  Well, when the cartoon was over and she came back to me, she handed me the little stem, that was all.  I looked at her and asked was there anymore. She said, “No”.  So, I said, “Oh”.  Apparently, it didn’t do her any harm, because she grew up to be a great business woman.

5-year old apple core eater Erika           38-year old Business Woman Erika

Before you think that you can’t write a book, just gather those childhood memories. You’ll find out you’ve got a wonderful and heartfelt book in you.  Just put it on paper and then send it to me when you’re finished.  I’m here for you.

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Christmas time again

It’s Christmas time again and here in the Midwest it hasn’t snowed very much and in fact the streets are dry.  What we have had is a lot of fog these last couple of weeks.

No matter, it is still Christmas time and it is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends.   The thing that I really like about this time is that for a little while people seem to calm down and relax.  It’s wonderful the acts of kindness that occur this time of year.  Selfless acts of kindness that people do and expect  nothing in return.  I was riding down the neighborhood street and got a flat tire once.  This young man came out and said, “I’ll fix it for you.  He did, too.  I tried to give him some money for it, I even insisted on giving him some money for it.  He just said, “Oh no.  It’s Christmastime.  Merry Christmas”, and walked away.  A wonderful spirit.

Let’s keep that selfless spirit throughout the year, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas.  A selfless and kind spirit doesn’t need a holiday to show it.

I’m here for you.

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Sandy Beaches Can Inspire


New PictureDoes this picture of a secluded sandy beach, greenery everywhere and the cool water gently crashing on the shore inspire you to pen a great literary work?

Walking with his head full of many thoughts, he sighs and looks up. Suddenly, he sees her wading alone in the water.  When she notices him she smiles sweetly.  He knows at that moment his life will never be the same…..

That’s not bad for an impromptu beginning, huh?  You have a work that you’ve been longing to see published; and you want to make sure it shows as beautifully as the story itself.

 ...enter It’s Worth Editing… and  your written tale will never be the same again.  We’ll make sure that your great and precious work will inspire readers to long for more of your writing.   We’ll edit it for you and get it ready for the publisher of your choice.  So, call  or email us.  We’re here for you.


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