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Olson Boys when Don moved out
Olson Family Portrait.

The beginning for a writer is the journal. I say this because it is the testing grounds for all your styles and ideas. If you do not keep a journal, it will be hard for you to be a good writer in almost any field.

You should write a little every day if you want to cultivate your literary skills. That's the beauty of a journal... because you don't need a revolutionary idea or original thought to write a successful entry into your journal. Other types of writing are not as forgiving; when you write poetry when you don't feel poetic or a story when you don't feel inspired, you will likely not turn out highly artistic words.


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Posted on Mar 4, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

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Posted on Mar 1, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

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Posted on Feb 26, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

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Posted on Feb 23, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

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Posted on Jan 23, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 3, 2011

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Posted on Jan 16, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 3, 2011

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Posted on Jan 11, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 3, 2011

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Posted on Dec 16, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011
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Posted on Dec 7, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011

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