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One American Writer
South Carolina, USA
Donna D. Buskirk, freelance writer/trainer lived all over the US and landed in a friendly South Carolina suburb near the capitol, Columbia.
Interests: Writing, small-town journalism, family life, church family, and all-around American fun!
Recent Activity
The kids and puppies are still sleeping, so I swiped the tea kettle off the burner before it could whistle. If I don't watch out - if you don't watch out - might we be taken before the fire has a chance to finally make us sing? Don't waste the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at I Can Work for Myself
I enjoy the honeymoon benefit of his weekend visits, but I want him home full-time. A year after being laid off at Microsoft, I landed a contract job writing Army proposals and that work is ending. I plan to aim high. I don't want to earn only enough writing income to replace my own corporate salary -- I want to earn enough so that my husband can stay home and tend our vineyard, too. (See Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at One American Writer
We goofed. We're sorry we forced slavery (horribly sorry) and the North is sorry for its treatment of the South after the war, and we're sorry today there is no safety net for families losing their homes. I'm sorry I don't know the second verse of "America the Beautiful." Watching... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at One American Writer
New book available soon! Author Donna D. Buskirk provides updates, motivation and news in her Kick-in-the-Pants list. Sign up for updates today. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at One American Writer
It is apparently possible to be a basket case and still be a corporate success. Take away the corporate success, and you are left with the basket case. Don't ask me how I know this. I know writers, artists and other humans are subject to ups and downs, but in the corporate world, the need to function in polite society (admittedly, in many cases, disfunctional polite society) paints a glossy sheen over the mood dips. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at One American Writer
My 14-year-old is sick so my 28-year-old wants me to watch my grand-baby at her apartment. "But, what can I do there with no Internet?" I asked. "Oh," I answered myself doubtfully, "I could write." Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at One American Writer
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at One American Writer
This is how, when you work for yourself, you can end up in your robe at noon. OK, it's only 10:30, but to someone who likes to get up at 4 or 5, 10:30 might as well be lunchtime. So when a friend says, "I'd love to work for myself -- I can stay in my robe until noon," secretly smile and knowingly nod. Let her find out the hard way. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at One American Writer
He said yes, she said no. Author Ralph Keyes said I can offer workshops based on his book, "The Courage to Write." Plans are in the works -- there is a lot of local interest. A story subject for the newspaper said she's far too busy to let me take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at One American Writer
Yes, Sir! We're just getting it going. See the Divinity Vines Facebook page here:!/profile.php?id=100000946272513 Thanks for visiting. Soon we'll have a list for folks who are waiting to learn about our first crop and label.
This just in: "Venture capital investments surge to highest levels in nearly two years" Be encouraged! Every biz-starter must write well or hire a writer. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at One American Writer
I am reading the final pages of "The Courage to Write" by Ralph Keyes, and I want to teach a workshop using that book as the text. Teaching is what I love best. When my articles have been published on-line or in print, I never get to see the "AHA" or correct the "HUH?" in readers' faces. So, now that I have the courage to write (I'm writing features and covering town meetings for The Alamance News here in North Carolina, doing some freelance tech writing...does that count?, and working on a book proposal), I need the courage to ask the author and/or his publisher if I can conduct workshops based on that book. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at One American Writer
Content is king, and King Content says:One American Writer, that's Donna and YOU if you're blogging or writing for work. "My loyal subjects. I know you are not perfect. But write. Post to blogs! Write your book. Complete that story. Design that Web site so there is a place in the world for your content. And then MONETIZE!" King Content, in an aside to his assistant: "MUST is say, 'monetize?' I don't WANT to say 'monetize.' I HATE that word. I want to say, 'Make money.' You can say 'CONTENT IS KING' as often as you wish, but we all know that MONEY is king. I, King Content, am only king as long as content brings profit. But back to my speech:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at One American Writer
I just talked my favorite client into updating his own document. "You did what?" I know you won't find that tip in any book called How To Make Tons of Money Writing Boring Documents (hey, maybe that's my next book! Nah, you write it). But in this case, that is best for the client, and for the readers of his documentation. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at One American Writer
The scene of the mayhem is my kitchen, Divinity Vines being the name of our property, where we are using bottled coyote pee pee to keep the deer from nibbling our new vines. Grapes next year, and perhaps wine the year after that! Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, where it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at One American Writer
Others comment that the job can be a bit risky because technical writers tend to be the first to go when companies reduce staff. All true. The salary is great; if you write clearly and you quickly grasp technical concepts, you can work your way into a job, but you can get laid off before your coworkers. Project and product managers are both higher on the list, and I know from experience that they, along with trainers, tend to quickly follow their tech-writer coworkers in the lay-off lines. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at One American Writer
I especially like this from #5 in his post: "If success is achieved by taking repeated, meaningful action, then what happens if you’re not confident enough to take the actions that scare the crap out of you?" Let's be BRAVE, shall we? If he did it, we can do it. Good. Now, I'm going to bed. I'll be brave in the morning. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at One American Writer
Caution to new journalists: If you tend to shovel food while writing on deadline, eat salad! That left-over pizza made good breakfast just now, but watch out! Also, regarding the myth that writers are heavy drinkers, ignore the urge to drink wine at breakfast, no matter how good the bottle!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at One American Writer
The kids are in bed but the cat woke me up so I am up at six thirty in the morning, blogging. I could have gone back to sleep but if I want to work for myself, I have to work for myself. If you have kids on your hands for the summer, or your have yourself on your hands (like my remaining coworkers who were laid off last Friday -- happy first week of freedom!), why not try a publishing project? Last summer when my friend Ruth Anne invited us to her beach house on Harker's Island, I told her about Lulu and Create Space and I suggested that her kids write and publish a guide to the island from a kid's perspective. I'll best it would sell alongside the homemade fudge in the gift shop. Here's how it works: 1.Pick a fun topic to write about. 2.Write the book (see other posts for tips in that). 3.Edit the book or ask a friend who is nuts about grammar to help you. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at One American Writer
I clicked the publisher's link instead of the link and saw titles that would look very natural next to "100 Reasons to Work for Yourself," so I poked around for submission guidelines. They do accept unsolicited submissions! I subscribe to Writer's Market on-line, so I will also look there to research them further, but you can do the same by reading the guidelines on-line. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at One American Writer
The trouble with making a to-do list is that when I write down a task, I get a sense of accomplishment. I think, "There, I wrote it down. Good for me!" That feeling is so close to, "There, I did it!" that it gets me into trouble. The act of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2010 at One American Writer
If you need to paint the garage and you've been putting it off, resolve to write a book. Suddenly, the painting and weed-wacking you've been meaning to do get done! And aren't you proud of yourself? You feel good, and you relegate the nagging bad feeling about the book to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at One American Writer
I remember the same energy waking me up before dawn when I was writing articles for and (project management and info-tech sites) . It came in very handy, too, because I was working full-time then, in addition to writing freelance articles. If anxiety hadn't woken me up, I wouldn't have had time to write. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at One American Writer
I know you've got it in you. Your book. The trick is to get it out of you. Let's write eBooks. Let's save trees, time, and money and help readers hang onto your words online. So two things: Join my once-a-day writer-motivating and how-to list. Buy my eBook (I'm on deadline now for this title: 25 Reasons to Write an eBook and 7 Steps to Get Published). Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at One American Writer