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Everything You Need To Write Your Dissertation, You Can Learn From Sex: 4 Hot Tips

  1. Be specific. Academia will not tolerate fuzzy generalizations. Find the words to express exactly what you mean, and you’ll get the response you want.
  2. It gets messy. Don’t expect your dissertation writing process to fit neatly into your program director’s instructions. Find joy in chaos and spilt liquids.
  3. Get to the heart. Do whatever it takes to clarify your thesis, your study question, or your hypothesis. Then let it guide your every move.
  4. Try a new position. When things go awry, go at it from a different angle. It’s amazing how much better everything feels with another perspective.
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Everything You Need To Write Your Social Media Content, You Can Learn From Sex: 4 Hot Tips

  1. It’s not the size of the boat. It’s the motion of the ocean. Nobody cares how long your blog posts are or even how often you post them. What counts is that your content schedule has a rhythm that’s right for you and your readers.
  2. It’s better to play with others than with yourself. Social Media is social. Engage, interact, comment, and respond.
  3. Lubrication helps. It’s easy to get uptight about what you’re posting and how you look out there, but remember to have fun too. Flirt, laugh, and play on the Internet to draw more followers and fans.
  4. Imagination trumps knowledge. Let your creativity drive when you’re engaging in social media. The art form is so new, there’s just not that much to know yet!
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Everything You Need To Write Your Novel, You Can Learn From Sex: 4 Hot Tips

  1. The uninhibited shall be rewarded. Letting loose with your most imaginative storylines will set your fiction free. Don’t be a prudish writer.
  2. Your interests are normal and healthy. Even your most outlandish ideas have an audience. Let your freak flag fly in your writing.
  3. You need release. It’s downright painful to keep the creative force inside you pent up. Avoid literary blue balls with a daily writing regimen.
  4. Everyone loves a climax. A climactic conclusion doesn’t have to be the point of your story, but you’ll get better reviews if your readers feel like they’ve had a satisfying ride.
Sexy Grammar invites the writer in you to a turned on, engaged, and unapologetic creative life. We believe that sex and writing go hand in hand and that the creative process can be thrilling, pleasurable, and satisfying. Ready for your free Private Session?

How To Build A Social Media Strategy: 5 Tips For Businesses Getting Started

  1. We’re all experimenting. Even the bloggers and Facebook users who look like they know what they’re doing are just experimenting, so if you feel a little fumbly, remember that use of social media as a marketing tool is in its infancy. Don’t let anybody tell you there’s only one way to use Yelp or Pinterest. They haven’t seen your way yet.
  2. Get a teenager. I assumed my teenage intern would be able to fix my computer, but she surprised me by mentoring me in social media use as well. And it’s no wonder. The kids in their teen years today don’t see social media as a new way of communicating–they see it as the ordinary way of communicating. Your most extraordinary ideas for social media will spring from the mind of your nearest teenager.
  3. Be generous and polite. Participating in social media means participating in a conversation, and even if you’re new to social media, you’ve been practicing conversation since your toddler years. You know the rules: Listen. Attend to the exchange. Respond meaningfully. Use The Golden Rule. Wish more people would comment on your blog? How many blog comments have you posted today?
  4. Match your marketing goals to your social media tactics. What are your marketing goals, and how can social media help you achieve them? Twitter might be great for alerting your followers to a big sale, but you can’t use it to release your 500-word white paper. Match each social media tool you’re using with a goal from your marketing plan, and you’ll feel clearer about why you’re using social media in the first place.
  5. Have fun! Think of social media as a big cocktail party in the sky. The people drawing a crowd are the ones who look like they’re having a good time.

The Sexy Grammarian arouses entrepreneurs and professionals to build their own strategy, brand, social media, and marketing content with private sessions, intimate workshops, custom style guides, and free online lessons and tips, such as this tip about why your company’s name should not end with an s or this advice about how to be a sexy social media writer. And check out these useful tips for business owners from last year’s Small Business Week: How To Get Organized, How To Engage Your Social Media Community, How To Set Goals, and How To Become A Sought-After Speaker.

Get Ready for Small Business Week

 

In less than a month, San Francisco will celebrate Small Business Week, and if you’re in business for yourself or if you’re a leader in any small business endeavor, you owe it to yourself and the success of your company to attend.

Being your own boss can get lonely. I go to this event every year to meet my fellow small business owners because smart, savvy San Francisco small business people come out for this event and share their knowledge and enthusiasm generously.

According to the SF Small Business Week Committee, San Francisco’s is the largest local Small Business Week in the country with more than 4,000 attendees throughout the week. Thriving small businesses pump the heart of this great city, where, according to this month’s issue of 7×7 Magazine, 99% of our registered businesses have fewer than 100 employees.

So which events should you attend? Here’s my run-down:

Flavors of San Francisco $10 Admission
Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm – Metreon
San Francisco Small Business Week kicks off with a gala reception in the City View Room at the newly remodeled  Metreon and features small bites from more than 30 local restaurants. Hot tip: I’ll see you there early. The food always runs out.

Board of Supervisors Small Business Award Ceremony FREE!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 3:30pm – City Hall
This is the sweetest awards ceremony ever! Go cheer for your local favorites while the Small Business Commission, the Mayor, and the Board of Supervisors honor one exceptional small business from each of San Francisco’s 11 districts.

San Francisco Small Business Conference FREE!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 8am-5pm – SFSU Downtown Campus
Leaders, mentors, and innovators from our city’s incredible Small Business community offer more than 50 free workshops at San Francisco State’s  Downtown Campus above the Westfield Mall. This event teems with people you need to meet, from the friendly and approachable presenters to your small business peers and competitors.

Hot tip: Take an inspiration break on the grand and secret rooftop terrace, above the mall’s massive glass and steal dome, where the city view should get your blood pumping.

I always make new friends at this event, and this year I’ll be live tweeting from the workshops. I’ve already signed up for these two:

Supercharge Your Facebook Marketing from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Tapping into Tourism from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Hot tip: See a workshop you’d like to attend but can’t? Leave a comment, and I’ll find another attendee to live tweet it for you!

MEGA Make Contact LGBT Mixer FREE!
Thursday, May 17 – SF LGBT Center
The Golden Gate Business Association,  San Francisco’s LGBT business networking organization, throws this annual networking affair featuring the city’s fine food and wine.

Hot tip: This is always a good party. Put on your drinking shoes.

SFEDA & San Francisco Small Business Week Mixer
Friday, May 18,  – 5:30PM – 7:30PM, Boothby Center
I’m glad to see this new Small Business Week event on the roster, hosted by the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance.

Hot tip: No host bar. Bring cash.

The Sexy Grammarian arouses entrepreneurs and professionals to build their own strategy, brand, social media, and marketing content with private sessions, intimate workshopscustom style guides, and free online lessons and tips, such as this tip about why your company’s name should not end with an s or this advice about how to be a sexy social media writer. And check out these useful tips for business owners from last year’s Small Business Week: How To Get Organized, How To Engage Your Social Media Community, How To Set Goals, and How To Become A Sought-After Speaker.

How To Take Yourself On A Writing Retreat

  1. Have a writing plan: The first time I went on a retreat, the most magical unicorn of writer’s coaches Minal Hajratwala wisely counseled me to bring a range of types of writing materials—not just a ton of writing or a pile of reading but a little reading, my art supplies for making plot charts and theme diagrams, and notes on new writing I wanted to do. And whenever I go on retreat, I let myself focus all my efforts on one project. That’s the plan: I tackle just the novel or just my business plan but in multiple ways. I like this combination of distraction and focus. I retreat with one project plus three or four approaches to it.
  2. Have a food plan: Here’s my food plan: bring the wife. She really does all the cooking while I write. No wife? Here’s a tip from my personal chef: “Think beyond three square meals. For a weekend, you can plan to cook one fancy dinner and get a couple leftovers lunches out of it. Plan simple breakfasts because writers often get up earlier than chefs. And don’t forget snacks. Writers love snacks.”
  3. Have an indulgences plan: My typical writing retreat indulgences include wine, a white-tablecloth dinner out, and a hot water feature—either a hot tub at the retreat location or a spa reservation sometime during the weekend. But those are just what I like. Ask yourself, what would make me feel indulged as a writer? Plan that.
  4. Go to the perfect place: I prefer a rental with a kitchen to a hotel room, but that’s because of the wife and the cooking and the private hot tubs. I know another writer who loves to work in seedy hotels. For her writing retreats, she rents a room in her neighborhood SRO for a few days. Whatever floats your boat, you can probably find it and book it online right now. Need ideas? Check out my recent retreat destination, a magical bird’s nest in Long Beach, and watch for a few more ideas on the blog later this month.
  5. Bring toys: I’m not just talking about sex toys, but that’s a good start. Play aids creativity. It is also possible that creativity necessitates play. When you’re not writing and you’re not soaking in your chosen indulgence, you’ll want to be playing. What sorts of play turn you on and get you writing? I bring my ukulele. One recent retreat rental offered a ping pong table, and nothing got me back on my focus better than a fast paced, hysterical ten-minutes of little white plastic bouncing balls. Maybe you like Frisbee? Candyland? Poker? Plan for your amusement.

This February, we’re romancing the writer, and one sexy way to do that is to whisk yourself away on a writing retreat. We often find great destinations at AirBNB.

How To Write In A Café

I sit alone, looking chic, ankles crossed under the café table, elbows upon it. My pen rests at the uplifted tip of my chin while I think, smile to myself, and then pounce on my open journal to write something clever. Beside my journal sit my delicate cappuccino cup, my nibbled cookie, and perhaps a few books. I am in writer heaven.

And here’s the thing—I can totally have this fantasy as much as I want. It’s really easy to achieve. It makes me feel like I live in a dream. And I get writing done.

Let me repeat that: I get writing done!

So it’s a valuable pastime, I say. Here’s how to do it:

 What to Bring:

  1. Writing Materials: Travel light. You’ll look cuter at your café table without all that baggage. And if the first café you wander into isn’t perfect for you, it won’t be so annoying to pack up and leave. You don’t want to be too weighed down for this activity. You’ll stay and write a couple hours, not for two days. This is a café. Here’s what I usually pack for a café day:
  • laptop and reading glasses
  • travel notebook and pen
  1. Writing Buddy: Not always. Often, the writer-in-café fantasy requires that I travel solo. But sitting in a café with a fellow writer, practicing the art of writing with a friend, can be just as glamorous and just as productive as the lone-wolf approach. In a good writing buddy I seek:
  • somebody who’s as interested in writing as I am
  • somebody who’s easy to talk to as well as negotiate with
  • somebody with a positive attitude and basic cheerleading skills, in case I need a writer’s pep talk
  1. Money for Hourly Purchases I appreciate a good café, and I know the best way to show that and to keep the best ones in business is to pay a little rent while the cafe fuels and houses my creativity. I try to buy something approximately every hour. Here’s a typical buying schedule for me:

9am arrival:              buy a pot of tea $4

10:15am:                    ask for a teapot hot water refill and buy a cookie to go with it $2

11:25am:                    order lunch ahead of the crowd $10

1pm:                            buy a cup of coffee $2

2pm:                            get a coffee refill and another cookie; leave around 3pm $2

What To Do:

  1. Indulge: Remember, it’s your fantasy. Wear what a writer would wear in your fantasy. Order a beverage you would drink in your writer fantasy. Look out the window. Daydream. Take a picture of yourself! You’re a real writer!
  2. Listen: Inspiration is all around you. Instead of disliking the Chatty Cathy at the table next to you, study her speaking pattern, steal her drama for a story idea. Enjoy the musical Russian roulette of somebody else’s music choice. Delight your ears in the sounds of a café, the espresso machine steaming, the coffee grinder clanking, and the baristas hollering out drink orders. It’s all a part of the dream.
  3. Write: You may have planned some writing projects, but let yourself warm up with some free writing. Describe the place you’re in. Review it! Talk to yourself about the joy of being a writer in a café. Enjoy at least a little time writing whatever you feel like writing. But also, work on what you’ve brought with you. Let yourself read over your notes. Write some new material. My café writing schedule might look something like this:
    1. Chat or listen awhile upon arrival. Discuss or write down what I hope to achieve at the café today.
    2. Have some quiet time to write. I suggest a 40-60 minute interval. I’m always pleased to note that my focus is sharper and my eyes wander less when I’m sitting near others who are also writing.
    3. Have a snack, meal, or a drink break. Discuss my achievements and frustrations with my writing partner or just enjoy the writerly ambiance.
    4. If there’s time, begin again.

Where To Go:

I’m always on the lookout for a new café where the coffee is classy and the inspiration is free. Check out my café reviews on Yelp, and give your favorite writing café a shout out in the comments below.

This February, we’re romancing the writer, and one sexy way to do that is to take yourself put to a cafe to write. On Yelp you can read all The Sexy Grammarian’s cafe reviews as well as reviews clients have written about our services.