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Do not let school interfere with your education. Formal education is important, but you do not need a college degree in English to write well. And, in my opinion, the intensity of useful education diminishes and the amount of political … Continue reading

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Before you read this step, I must share with you that last month was the five-year anniversary of my Stage 3A melanoma diagnosis. My oncologist, Dr. M., said that I had a 72% chance of surviving five years. I responded, … Continue reading

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Although it might sound a bit tedious, it is important to listen when someone tells you a personal story. Although I've never recorded these stories in a journal, you may find it necessary to aid your memory. I actually like the way my … Continue reading

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If you take a critical look at your writing style, you may discover that you often provide more details than necessary to adequately describe a character, action, or scene. I have also succumbed to this fault. Nonetheless, you will have a better … Continue reading

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Before you read this next step, I must confess that I've found it nearly impossible to follow. My trashy mind wanders around far to much to allow such focus. Maybe you will do better. Use all of your senses all … Continue reading

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Now that you've had a few days to explore the first step (posted previously), you are ready to consider the second. This step is absolutely critical to your success as a writer. And before you decide that it is obvious and … Continue reading

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I know many of you dream of writing The Great American Novel, but just don’t know where to start. Since I have now written two, I believe I am qualified to give you a few ideas. So with that presumptuous … Continue reading

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Greetings from Alaska. If you get a hankering to travel to Silver City, Idaho on the weekend of September 17 to 18, please stop by the Fire & Rescue Store. I will be there from noon to 5 on Saturday … Continue reading

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Good afternoon to my dear readers. I would like to direct you to my Facebook page. Please take a look when you get the chance. You can find it here: Rich Ritter: The New Voice of the American West

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