K. D. Dowdall

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Posted by Melissa Donovan on January 26, 2017 on Writing Forward.com   This list includes a mix of writing tips and some of the tips Melissa thinks are essential.  However, I believe that these are mostly for the beginner writer and can be used as a reminder for the more experienced writer.   Read as …

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(Source: http://www.straitstimes.com) United States President Donald Trump has not enhanced America’s security by deciding to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely. He also has banned temporarily people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country. The sudden and arbitrary executive order defies logic. While all countries are entitled to enforce their borders, this “extreme […] …

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Originally posted on Ricardo Sexton:
Life is short to be ignored. Senseless! To the lost crowd, you are too lifeless To your own you’re not their business You lie by yourself without happiness We have the need to love somebody And the need to someone to love us Rather, ‘growth’ is hard for everyone But…

3 SECRETS TO GREAT STORYTELLING as presented on Writer’s Digest. I found this article by Steven James helpful in forming the structure of scenes.  (this is a re-blogging from 2014 but I thought it deserved a revival now, because it is simple, straightforward, and to the point.) As a novelist and writing instructor, I’ve noticed …

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Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS; former Counselor of the Department of State. #SinewsofPeace column @aminterest. Latest book is #TheBigStick (2017). Professor Cohen writes with cogent intellect and extraordinary experience. This is a not to be missed article from The Atlantic. Here is a short excerpt:  There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has …

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Here are a few tips and points that may help you when the time comes. Pause and reflect: Many people like to prepare and plan, and some like to be fast and respond to situations immediately. This can sometimes work both ways. Both traits are good to have but when you want to make a […] …

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    Today, President Trump reorganized the National Security Council by elevating his chief strategist Steve Bannon and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They will only be invited to sit at the table when Steve Bannon deems it necessary. Erasmus, http://www.economist.com, writes” It’s a fair …

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