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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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Scottish Primary Schools Ban Fathers Day

Because most schools in Scotland feel they will offend children of single mothers and lesbians, they have banned all Fathers day cards. The policy was finally uncovered after many of the dads failed to receive their regular cards and handmade gifts on Father's Day. Schools in cities such as Glasgow, Edingurgh, East Renfrewshire, Dunfries, Galloway and Clackmannshire have instituted the policy in the interests of the rising number of single parent/same sex homes, despite those who aren't in agreement. Those concerned with family rights deplore this policy, claiming that it does not pay proper respect to fathers. In April it was reported that 25% of children in Britain live with a single parent.

Over the last 20 years, this rate has doubled. Leaders in the educational system assert the need for cultural sensitivity. Many schools allow their students to partake in the crafting of cards for Mother's Day. On Father's Day, however, many schools have begun a new policy which bans Father's Day cards.

This followed a series of diverse politically correct measures launched in primary schools, which includes the removal of Christian references from holiday greeting cards. The breakdown of the family and divorce are cited as the reasons for the change. Sensitivity for kids who may life in fatherless homes has become a requirement for teachers. As divorce becomes more and more common, schools need to become more aware of its impact.

Maria is a freelance journalist writing about Christmas cards.

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