Category: Learning

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Why Can’t I Focu…SQUIRREL!

I am a writer who has earned her living writing and teaching storytelling for many many years, so you would think I would be a whiz at getting my work done. Work being, writing. Sigh. I so envy those creators who can sit at their desk, tune out the world,

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What it means to be a writer: Pay Yourself First

While you couldn’t say my father was on the quiet side, he wasn’t the type to make small talk about the weather. Instead, he spoke when he had something to say. Although, he did have a few “somethings” that he like to repeat, over and over through the years, his

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Love Affairs Come and Go. A Good App is Forever

You might call me a serial dater. I fall in love quickly, get bored or flummoxed, then off to the next one I go. Love affairs happen in all aspects of life and here, it’s software I’m thinking about. There are so many apps and so little time to figure

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6 online marketing lessons from smart businesses in my small town

About a year ago, I relocated to a small Midwestern farm town called Geneseo, Illinois. It’s a picturesque little community full of Victorian-era homes and tree-lined streets. Straight out of a Hallmark movie, you know? You really should come and visit us sometime. When my husband suggested we ditch the

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Don’t Get Mad. Make It Up.

It started out as a joke, a silly way for us to blow off steam. We invented something out of sheer frustration. Ever since I started teaching creative writing, students have been asking me for the magical elixir: What is the formula for writing a story? I found this exasperating

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Your quest to be more creative starts here

How To Be Creative is a theme that surfaces again and again when I sit down to write. Not because people flock to me asking, “Oh Beth, you creative wizard, will you please publish your wisdom?!” Nope, that’s not the spark that lights my blog-posting flame. Most of the time,

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How Long Is Too Short?

When it comes to professional development, how long does a training have to be? The answer of course is, it depends. Imagine preparing to teach and standing in front of a roomful of quiet, nervous colleagues who don’t know each other and aren’t quite sure what to expect from this

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How to turn “I don’t know” into a conversational advantage

As 2022 drew to a close, several of my friends announced that they were stepping away from social media, at least until January. To detox from the digital noise, they chose to disconnect. Stepping away can be good practice for analog conversations, too. In tense situations, sometimes the best response

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You’re boring. Stop that.

When Jill and I started our Story Mode program, we easily landed on our motto/tagline/hashtag: Refuse To Be Boring. This phrase is our “way.” It’s our constant reminder and also an apt description of how we think, act, talk, create, work, relate. It’s how we live. We spend so much

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