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

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13 steps to writing effective content
The Next Web
Hire a copyeditor or proofreader to go over everything line by line. The most important lesson is this: Write with genuine passion for what you do. Show your enthusiasm for how your business helps its customers. Show your readers why you care about ...


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To Get Over Something, Write About It
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In one of my leadership development workshops, we invited participants to write up and present an account of a difficult experience. We ended up with more than we had expected when Simon, a senior executive at an oil company, told the group about a ...


Writing to the Beat
New York Times (blog)
Discounting the time Mr. Thomas threw me out of English class for tapping out a bossa nova beat on my desk to back up his reading of “The Canterbury Tales,” it took years for me to appreciate the relationship between rhythm and writing, and years more ...


A Passion for Writing, About War and Love, Is Celebrated Decades Later
New York Times
Mr. Donaldson, who died last month at 95, kept carrying mail and writing. Not only novels — a few of which survive as manuscripts, not ashes — but also stories and poems that include verses written from the battlefields of Europe during World War II ...


Fox News

Queen of crime writing PD James dies at 94
Fox News
Because of the quality and careful structure of her writing — and her elegant, intellectual detective Dalgliesh — she was at first seen as a natural successor to writers like Dorothy L. Sayers, creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, in the between-the-wars ...
Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94SFGate
PD James's top 10 writing tipsThe Independent
P.D. James, queen of crime writing, dies at age 94 in Oxford, EnglandMassLive.com

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8 Books On Writing Every Marketer Should Read
Search Engine People (blog)
Where do you start? Two of the best ways to learn are by example and research. If you're getting a brain cramp when it comes to letting the ink flow (or keys type), here are some books you might want to flip through for inspiration or to help refine ...


How to Find Niche Questions That Can Inspire Your Writing
Search Engine Journal
As writers and content marketers, we are expected to be a veritable fountain of unending creativity. Every second we are awake we are supposed to be pumping out ideas like they are going out of style. And we might wish that to be true, but fact of the ...


Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Book Collector
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A rider enters the woods in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt with a book on the brain. What story will you write about this questing figure and the book-lugging creature they encounter? This intriguing illustration is by artist Ben Hillman (and ...


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Japanese paper apologizes for writing 'sex slaves' instead of 'comfort women'
Mashable
Il Chul Kang, 86, wipes tears during the dedication of a monument to sex slaves called "comfort women," Asian women who were forced into prostitution during World War II, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Union City, New Jersey. Kang, one of two women from ...

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The Millions

Gestation of Ideas: On Vertical Writing and Living
The Millions
Tobias Wolff said that before Andre Dubus became his friend, “he was one of my masters, in the unwitting way that writers sometimes serve as masters to others.” Wolff thought Dubus was the rare writer whose prose “was at the same time intensely ...

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Print-On-Demand: A Definition and a Comparison

The purpose of this article is to consider Print-On-Demand publishing... Read More

The Struggle

Sometime one must coax the words out.Each day is a... Read More

Writers: Dr. Phil Goes Fishing with Oprah in His Tackle Box, Shouldn?t You?

Dr. Phil's Life Strategies, #1 New York Times Bestseller catches... Read More

How to Pitch a Story

Ever wonder why we refer to convincing an editor a... Read More

Basic Writing Tips ? Some Controversial, All Correct

As a previous article ("Making Better Word Choices ? 4... Read More

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 3 of 6

ELICIT, ILLICITElicit means to extract or draw out; illicit means... Read More

How To Write More Powerful Reports

There is one key difference between reports and most other... Read More

Screenwriting, Screenplays, Screenwriters - Writing a Screenplay Using Structure

Effective screenwriting relies on the good understanding and use of... Read More

What Is The Single Worst Writing Mistake?

The following answer sounds simplistic?but think about it. The single... Read More

The ENTP Inventor Writes A Novel

People familiar with the Myers-Briggs Personality test know that the... Read More

How To Write for the Web

The Scanning ReaderWriting for the Web is different than writing... Read More

A Simple Contest with a Strong Message: Wake Up Your Writing Spirit

The Blogfest 2005 Writing Contest has only been running for... Read More

How To Write Thank You Letters With Class

When I first started tracking the information preferences of people... Read More

How to Avoid the 11 Biggest Mistakes of First Time Authors

"If you want to change your life," Harry Beckwith wrote... Read More

Writing with a Sense of Adventure

We've all been told that we need to use all... Read More

8 Reasons Why A Freelance Writer Should Use the Internet

What a wonderful resource the Internet is!Students find information to... Read More

To Write Successful Business & Academic Communications, Learn the Architecture of a Story

Human beings seem to be born with a gene for... Read More

Writers Who Consistently Cut The Mustard Do So Because...

Have you ever wondered why certain writers are able to... Read More

Uncommon Advice for Beginning Novelists

1) Convince yourself you want to do something else. If... Read More

7 Writing Muse Kickers to Fill Up That Blank Page

Nothing is more daunting for any writer than having to... Read More

A Writers Personal Cheer Squad

We all need a cheer squad.We all need people to... Read More

Writing Query Letters that Count -- Close the Deal with Your First Letter!

Your query letter can be a deal maker or a... Read More

How NOT to Get a Freelance Writing Job

In the business of freelance writing, it's not enough to... Read More

Making Money from Freelance Writing

Making Money from Freelance WritingIt's the question that every aspiring... Read More

Be Concise

Concision. (Sounds like I made up another word.) It's the... Read More