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Ten Tips to Help You Finish Writing Your Novel
by: Ann Roscopf Allen
  1. Set aside a time to write and keep it sacred.
  2. Remove all distractions while you write.
  3. Outline your plot.
  4. Avoid the intimidation of a blank computer screen.
  5. Keep a draft mentality.
  6. Don't feel compelled to begin at the beginning.
  7. Organize your files, especially if you are not going to write in order.
  8. Revise, revise, revise.
  9. Don't be afraid of putting yourself out there.
  10. Only you can determine when you are finished.
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Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is on the third Sunday in June. In 2008, Father's Day will be on June 15th. This article explores the origin of Father's Day in the United States and provides some ideas for selecting the perfect gift for your dad. The origin of Father's Day is not clear. Some believe the first Father's Day service was conducted by Dr.

Robert Webb in West Virginia in 1908. However, it was Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, who proposed in 1909 to have a church service dedicated to fathers on June 5th, her father's birthday. Mrs. Dodd's father, William Jackson Smart, was a civil War veteran.

His wife died early in childbirth. He refused to remarry and single-handedly raised his 6 children. Mrs. Dodd wanted to recognize the sacrifices her father made in raising herself and her brothers, and to acknowledge fathers everywhere. However, since her minister needed more time to prepare for the sermon, the father's day service was conducted on June 19th, a couple of weeks later.

The state of Washington celebrated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day from then on. However, Father's Day was not accepted quickly by the Congress as a day of observance. It was not until sixty-two years later, in 1972, that President Richard Nixon officially established Father's Day as a national day of observance. Father's Day has been widely celebrated annually thereafter.

There are so many ways you can show your appreciation to your dad on his special day, and sending your dad a gift is a small token of showing your appreciation. Among the popular gifts for dad are Father's Day gift baskets, desk caddy, fruit baskets, cookies jar, coffee gift baskets, golf gifts, and specialty gifts for fishing, poker, movies, and NASCAR. A great way to show your gratitude to dad is to send him a Father's Day gift basket. These gift baskets are filled with chocolate truffles, summer sausage, shortbread, cookies, gourmet coffee, almonds, popcorn, along with an inspiration book about fathers. Your message of gratitude will be clearly expressed to dad while he reads the book and savors the treats. If your dad works in the office, you may want to send him a desk caddy or an excecutive truck gift filled with savory treats.

The treats will ease the stress of the work day. Moreover, Your dad will proudly display the desk caddy or antique truck on his desk after the treats are long gone. If your dad does not work in an office, you may want to send him a lunch box that he can bring with him to work. The stylish lunch box is filled with sausage, stufed olives, cheese, chocolate truffles, and all other delicious treats that actually make him want to go to work. Similarly, you can send him a pail of treats that he can bring with him anywhere.

If you are going to visit your dad for Father's Day, you may want to send him a Fathers Day BBQ gift basket filled with BBQ brush, tong, turner, as well as tortilla chips, nacho cheese spread, Everlast high energy drink, and your dad's favorite beef jerky snack. Your dad will just have to take out the grill, and will be ready spend his special day for a family BBQ together. Alternatively, you can send him a fruit basket. Fruit baskets are healthy gifts for any occasion.

They are also great gifts for Father's Day. Organic fruit baskets make even healthier choices, since they are free from pesticide residues. You can also send gifts according to your dad's hobbies.

If your dad is a movie buff, you may want to send a movie gift basket filled with popcorns and other treats, he can just settle down, watch movies and enjoy. If his passion is in golf, you can send him a golf gift basket. If his passion is in fishing, you can send him a fishing gift basket, or a fishing creel filled with cookies, or other treats.

Specialty gifts for NASCAR and poker are also available to meet your dad's favorite hobby. Finally, coffee gift baskets are great gifts to help your dad to relax and enjoy. Let dad know he deserves a break with a coffee gift basket filled with chocolates, gourmet coffee, and scrumptious treats. In conclusion, there are so many ways to show your appreciation to dad. You can send him a Father's Day gift basket, desk caddy, fruit basket, lunch box, coffee gift basket, or specialty gift basket.

He will love any of these gifts, and your message of gratitude.

Kate S is the CEO of Gift Basket for All, LLC. You can shop at her website,, for the Fathers Day gifts mentioned in this article.

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