Be Your Own Literary Agent and Get Published

So you're one of 20 million Americans who want to write a book. If you've already written a manuscript, chances are you're looking for agent representation. In the past few years, as an editor and literary consultant for www.TheOmnibus.org, I've had the opportunity to read more than 1,000 book proposals.... Read More

How to Catch the Writing Bug

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Keys to Characterisation

Far too many inexperienced writers create flat, stereotypical characters: the brave fireman, the damsel in distress, the strict schoolmistress. The best characters are those who evoke emotions within the reader ? fear, admiration, affection, laughter, horror? If the writer fails to make us care about the characters, no matter how... Read More

Balance Your Life

Balance your life ----------------------- Writing is a solitary task. Writing needs concentration and quiet.... Read More

Persisting With Bulldog Determination

Persisting With Bulldog Determination [Book excerpt from Successercising} by Rick Gettle 2003-2004Ninety-five percent of all new businesses go out of business within the first five years or less.Why Do They Fail?There are many starters in life - but very few finish what they start. When the going gets tough,... Read More

Want to start a publishing revolution?

Calling all publishers, editors, journalists and freelance writers. It's time to breathe more life into your copy. Turn your articles into living pieces that spark measurable debate, get closer to your readers and engage their mind andsoul - we're talking revolution. As it was in the beginning Publishers have... Read More

Writing About Writing

What am I going to write about?Which topic is the best?Who is going to be interested in my article? You can ask yourself endless questions on 'what' is going to be the subject of your article. Don't despair! This is not a problem . Any topic will do, and a... Read More

Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays

Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks. Between preparing for, celebrating, and unwinding from the holidays it may be difficult to maintain your regular writing routine. And if researching potential homes for your work is part of that routine-as it is for many of us who regularly... Read More

Boost Your Income With Trade Journals

Why would anyone want to write for trade journals? Aren't the topics are dry? Don't they require specialized knowledge? Not necessarily. You may want to consider trade journals to increase the potential market for your articles ? and for the money. Trade publications make up a significant portion of the... Read More

Recipe for a Style Guide

Wired Online has recently announced its plans to drop capitalization in internet, web, and net, but Wired Magazine continues to capitalize these words. Which should you do? For the most part, it's up to you. To ensure consistency on such tricky words, most editors will have a style guide. ... Read More

In The News:


WPLN

Cursive writing standards in the works for Tennessee schools
The Tennessean
Under the proposed standards, students would be expected to show they can write “many” upper- and lowercase in cursive at the end of second grade, demonstrate mastery in all letters at the end of third grade and write legibly in cursive at the end of ...
State Board of Education Gives Preliminary Approval for Cursive Writing Standardswgowam

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Jewish Daily Forward

Writing About Gaza From Comfort of Debra Winger's Manhattan Pad
Jewish Daily Forward
(Haaretz) — It's so weird to be writing from here. To be writing from New York, where we decided to make a week-long stop before going on to Illinois. How can I write about what's happening in Israel when I'm not there? How can I sound credible ...


The Nature Of Writing
Valley News
Elder also suggested participants practice writing from different scales, in time and space. He urged them to consider the world from points of view other than their own, including those of insects and trees and to consider the landscape as it was ...


Coronella: Moonlighting docs catch writing bug
Boston Herald
As a struggling writer, I have little time for the ongoing contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette Book Group. Whether digital or traditional, publishers have never been a writer's friend when money is involved. What moves me to despair instead ...


Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests
Education Week News (blog)
Fourth graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed, according to a pilot study released July 24 by the National Center for Education Statistics. However, whether the results of a computer-based test ...


Why Rauner's ads rankle this writer
Chicago Tribune
A good headline is hard to write. That would make a decent headline, though in an old-fashioned print newspaper, where squeezing words into the space available can be like shoehorning a size 8 foot into a size 6 shoe, it might be trimmed to:.

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Small Business Trends

14 Tips for Using Your Blog to Start a Writing Business
Small Business Trends
If you want to start a business as a freelance writer, one of the easiest ways to get started is to create your own blog. Blogs are free on many platforms and relatively easy to set up. They can give you an opportunity to show off your writing skills ...


TIME

How Nicole Perlman Became the First Woman to Write a Marvel Movie
TIME
That fateful gift started Perlman, now 33, on a path that led to her writing Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters Aug. 1. The movie is Marvel's big leap away from its more established superhero properties into the depths of outer space. It's also the ...
SDCC: James Gunn Writing, Directing "Guardians of the Galaxy" SequelComic Book Resources
James Gunn Reportedly Writing & Directing Guardians 2Empire Online
Screenwriter Nicole Perlman On Choosing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Over ...Comic Book Movie
Tech Times -Comicbook.com (blog) -Behind the Panels
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Entrepreneur

5 Steps to Writing a Best-Selling Book
Entrepreneur
Which is all to say -- I was astounded, and very flattered, when the publishing company McGraw-Hill called me a few years ago and asked if I would like to write a book. I was also scared. I knew I had a message that was worth telling, but actually ...


Business Insider

An Entrepreneur Explains How Writing On Sundays Makes Him More Successful
Business Insider
When I was a kid, I wanted to become an entrepreneur, engineer, and an inventor. And I have been passionately pursuing that dream since my teenage days. What I did not realize then is how much personal gratification I would get from writing. I ...

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The Cost of Being a Writer

You are the only one who knows what being a... Read More

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The Beginners Guide to Freelance Writing

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Call Yourself a Writer? Where Are Your Notes?

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Why We Dont Write Our Books

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A few months ago, I wrote a guide entitled: 101... Read More

Creating Great Business Correspondence

Obtaining the skills for writing good business correpondence is important;... Read More

The Untold Secrets of Writing Best Selling Childrens Books

Ever wondered how the most successful children's book writers get... Read More

Benjamin Franklin: His Ageless Writing Tips

If Ben Franklin were alive today, he would be...uh, very... Read More

Know Your Editing Choices

Each author has special editing needs. To save yourself time... Read More

Four Act Stories and Beyond

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Rules for Getting the Story Down

1. Write it fast, fix it later.2. Commit to writing... Read More

Create A Dream Diary

How many times have you forced yourself to sit in... Read More

Vital Verbs

Remember back in the dark days of your school years... Read More

The Many Paths to Plotting

For several years before I left teaching to write full... Read More

In Praise of Personal Pronouns

Rudolph Flesch, a pioneering advocate of readability, put great stock... Read More

Masquerading As Novel ~ Can Author?s Work Convey Important Perceptions?

While novels do not usually attempt to convey concepts about... Read More

Screenwriting ? The Lone Wolf Story Structure Template

Story Structure Templates are the fastest way to write screenplays.... Read More

Is The Theme Reinforced In The Ending?

Creative Writing Tips ?By now you should have an idea... Read More

Writing For The Web: Where To Get Article Ideas

A friend and I were talking the other day about... Read More

A New Way To Self Publish

More and more good authors are turning to the Internet... Read More

A Beginners Guide to Writing a Novel

No one is born a novel writer. But do you... Read More

Is Now the Time for a Play about the War in Iraq?

Everone knows that comedy is mostly about timing. If you... Read More