Summer’s almost here, writers, and it’s time for that all-important springtime slimdown! KIDDING…sort of. Let’s have a serious talk about the health and fitness of our sentences and how we tend to fatten them up just for fun.

Word collage about slimming down writing and deleting unnecessary words
Word collage about slimming down writing and deleting unnecessary words

Delete the deadweight

We all have crutch words and boy do we love to lean on them! Try deleting these 12 things from your writing and see how much cleaner it sounds:

1. That — This one is DISTRACTING and is often overused. It doesn’t clarify meaning, and most of the time is serves to clunk up sentences:

Example: The teacher told her that she…


At the beginning of 2020, the production of N95 masks in the United States alone was around 45 million units. When COVID-19 hit, manufacturers worked feverishly to meet elevated demand for critical personal protective equipment (PPE), with production estimates at the end of the year nearing 180 million units.

chart of increasing face mask production in 2020–21 due to coronavirus
chart of increasing face mask production in 2020–21 due to coronavirus

Mask production rose exponentially to an expected 180 million units by the end of 2020.

It quickly became apparent that the novel coronavirus would only be stopped by a vaccine, and several pharma companies jumped into research and development. Typically, however, it takes years for a successful vaccine to be approved…


Demands for life-saving PPE hit hard and fast as COVID-19 increased its grip across the globe, and many reputable manufacturers stepped up to help. But alongside them came unscrupulous suppliers who threw their products in the ring in an attempt to ride the rising tide of sales.

globe image counterfeit ppe doesn’t cut it
globe image counterfeit ppe doesn’t cut it

As with any product that becomes a hot commodity, producers of lower-quality goods rushed to market to make fast and easy sales. It happened with fidget spinners that were popular a few years ago. …


Big things have been going on behind the scenes at Green Resources Consulting, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it!

It’s been ALL HANDS ON DECK, and now we can share what we’ve been working on with our customers, earth-lovers, and PPE buyers!

Bringing It Home

For the last several months, our sleeves have been rolled up, and we’ve been doing a lot of hard work. We saw what happened when the pandemic hit; and we felt our customers’ gratitude when we were able to deliver much-needed PPE.

Not everyone was so lucky. There were sourcing problems. There were delays…


Just over a year ago, most of us wouldn’t have had a second thought about personal protective equipment (PPE), and it definitely wouldn’t have been second nature to don a mask before walking into the grocery store, gyms, or restaurants. Life looks different now, and people are starting to ask how long it’s going to last.

Man wearing mask in stadium during coronavirus pandemic
Man wearing mask in stadium during coronavirus pandemic

How long will we have to wear masks? What about social distancing? Will capacity in social venues continue to be limited?

The Long Haul or the Patience Game?

There are a variety of scenarios, and the future depends human behavior as we work through…


As much as we beat ourselves up over it, we all need to take a break every now and then — even we seemingly tireless keyboard-pounding thugs of the creative realm. Writers get a bad rap for break-taking, but let’s face it, for some of us, that’s because we’ve been on break since 1995. (That’s not a break. That’s a protest.)

Turn your procrastination into positive inspiration!

Some people may SAY they are good at procrastinating, but there’s no procrastinator like a writer. We are professionals at staring at the blank page. We can come up with 501 reasons NOT to write — all of them…


I love quotes. I’m fascinated by them…have lists of them in all sorts of places. Hand-written, on my laptop, on the cloud. Inked on my skin. The ones that strike especially close to home, I want to keep with me, everywhere.

writer, author, writing the truth, fiction writer, inspiration, writer ideas
writer, author, writing the truth, fiction writer, inspiration, writer ideas

As a writer, who is sometimes conflicted about what to write and what not to write, this one stood out to me as soon as I read it. I return to it often:

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

- Anne…


Who here has claimed writer’s block as a reason for not meeting your deadlines? (Looks at self in mirror. Slowly and shamefully raises hand.)

firestorm creative writers block muse fiction writer
firestorm creative writers block muse fiction writer
No more excuses, writer. It’s time to write.

It usually sounds something like, “My muse refuses to produce quality ideas, and therefore, I can’t write.” There should be a place to file a formal complaint. Like a Yelp for slackass muses.


My mom visited our house a while back, and she walked into a tornado. Not a mild summer breeze that barely uproots a tree. Nope, we’re talking about a full-blown storm powerful enough to swirl cows and refrigerators overhead and lift houses from their foundations.

writer distractions peace yoga tornado calming techniques productivity
writer distractions peace yoga tornado calming techniques productivity

Dogs were barking, laugh reels were screeching on the TV, kids were icing pizza rolls with leftover Christmas cookie icing, and the oven timer was going off — not because I was cooking something (who has time for that?!), …


You can get a lot of good stuff at Walmart, amiright? From dog sweaters to pre-made fruit trays to urns, you name it…it’s probably there. Walmart will even change your tires while you’re filling your cart in the store, getting ready to drop a stack of twenties like a rock star in Vegas. It’s a one-stop wonderland of frenzied shoppers — all wondering why the handles on the carts are so sticky.

Except for One Thing

You know how there are some things you’ll buy at the 34-Cent Store (or whatever low price we’ve reached now) …and then there are…

J Dana Stahl

I’m a word nerd and a dreamer who’s stuck in a world of make-believe. I have an excessive amount of gnomes, a very tolerant family, and a hoard of books.

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