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Is it easy to put your heart on paper?
Putting your heart on paper changes the molecular structure of the world you live in. An eight-year-old can do it; so can you.

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Why do I put off writing until the last moment?
Resistance has meaning. Get behind, not around procrastination, and find the root cause of what is holding you back.

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You say, write it down, make it happen. What if I write it down and it doesn't happen?
Don’t stop three feet from the gold. "One of the most common causes of failure," says Napoleon Hill, "is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat."

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How does writing heal?
Getting our thoughts out of our heads and onto a page can have a curative effect. Writing provides grounding; writing is therapeutic; writing is healthy.

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Does it matter if I use a computer or PDA or do I have to write by hand?
Either works, depending on the project, but handwriting is more right-brained and free-flowing. Integrate. Use both.

See, News/Featured Articles/"To Write or to Type."
How does St. Joseph Cupertino help us to anticipate good results?
By demonstrating intentionality. What you pray for and believe in, will, in fact, happen.

See, Writers' Corner, Prayer to St. Joseph Cupertino.
How can I handle Writer's Block?
Write in bed in the morning before you get up. Get near water to write, especially falling water.

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Prayer of St. Joseph Cupertino
St. Joseph Cupertino is a 17th C. Italian saint (1606-1663) who had a gift of knowing ahead of time what to study when preparing for his entrance exams to the priesthood. The bishop thought he was too simple to pass the test, but he surprised them all. Since he levitated while praying and saying Mass, he is today the patron saint of air travelers and pilots.

His feast day is September 18th.

People often ask me to share with them the prayer to St. Joseph Cupertino. I am happy to do so.

This is the prayer I prayed which got me scholarships and good grades right up to the Ph.D. (never paid a penny for my education, tuition or books, after the 8th grade).

Thanks, St. Joseph!

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O great St. Joseph Cupertino, who whilst (I always thought the "whilst" was important) who whilst on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination ONLY THE QUESTIONS FOR WHICH YOU HAD PREPARED, grant for me a like favor in the exam for which I am now preparing.

In return, I promise to spread your name in thanksgiving, to make you known and loved. (Lord knows I have done that!)

Amen.

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What I like about this prayer is that it creates a kind of anticipatory intent. It meant that I was not going to waste time studying something that was not going to be on the exam. And that therefore I would spend my study time productively.

I have a special devotion to St. Joseph Cupertino (and have even rented the quaint and charming movie about him, The Reluctant Saint, starring--no joke--Maximillian Schell).

Early on, St. Joseph Cupertino taught me to approach life with an attitude of belief that what you pray for will, in fact, happen.
Six Pointers to Give Your Writing Impact
Aim for a personal, conversational tone.
Use active voice, personal pronouns, and short paragraphs. Read your piece out loud and imagine yourself saying it in a conversation to the reader.

Be specific.
Substitute facts for fancy phrases and generalities. Specifics stick in the mind.

Appeal to authority.
Use testimonials or quotes from others to support your view.

Show, don't tell.
Nobody likes to be preached at, but everyone likes self-discovery. Become a seeker with your reader, or arrange your presentation in such a way that the reader arrives independently at your same conclusion.

Keep it lively.
Vary sentence length. Tell stories. People your piece to make it come alive.

Think visually
Be sure your words create a picture in the reader°s mind, and add charts and diagrams where appropriate.