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:


The Atlantic

Why Every Writer Needs Two Educations
The Atlantic
After Marcus Burke, author of Team Seven, learned he'd been accepted to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he got no Girls-style celebration. His basketball coaches and teammates at Susquehanna University were mostly baffled, even angered, by his literary ...


The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing
Lifehacker
Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up your whole screen to feature-packed mainstays like Microsoft Word, we've put together a guide to help ...

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Kietzman to share creative writing tips
Midland Daily News
At this year's workshop, “The Writing Process: Making Average Writing Better than Average,” Kietzman will share how to improve creative writing skills, calling upon her 25 years of experience writing fiction. She has English and journalism degrees and ...


Hollywood Reporter

Comedy Legend Carol Leifer on Writing 'Seinfeld', Life on 'Devious Maids' and ...
Hollywood Reporter
Carol Leifer is a multiple Emmy nominee (Seinfeld, Modern Family, SNL, The Larry Sanders Show), writer of seven Academy Awards telecasts, five of her own comedy specials, and author of the bestseller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win.

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How knitting and writing poetry can make you a better worker
Today.com
Here's a reason embrace your inner guitar hero or secret poetry writing habit: It may be making you better at your day job. Employees who did something creative after work – like knitting, drawing or even playing a video game that required creative ...

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Oswegonian

Students launch online writing community
Oswegonian
A newly-launched website is hoping to create a home for students studying creative writing, cinema and screen studies and journalism. The website, titled “The Hub,” was launched as part of a creative writing class called Literary Citizenship, taught by ...


TV Picks: 'Adventure Time,' shows on writing, 'Muscle Shoals,' more
Los Angeles Times
'The Writer's Room' (SundanceTV, Fridays); 'On Story' (KLCS, Sundays). Although the public has long possessed a double consciousness when it comes to movies and TV shows, taking simultaneous interest and pleasure in the performance and the ...


School board addresses cursive writing concerns
The Augusta Chronicle
Citing a “strong relationship between learning and writing cursive,” the Richmond County Board of Education on Thursday approved adjusting school curriculums to add 30 to 40 minutes of practicing cursive writing to classroom sessions.

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Review: 'Authors Anonymous' stumbles on its own amateur writing
Los Angeles Times
The exhausted mockumentary genre provides yet another reason for its demise in "Authors Anonymous," a tenaciously unfunny comedy about an amateur writers group that goes into crisis mode when its dumbest member lands a book deal. Full of preening ...

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A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses
Campus Technology
This coming fall, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC will be rolling out a unique curricular initiative throughout its English Department that administers digital badges to students who demonstrate mastery in the critical skills outlined in ...

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Recipe for a Style Guide

Wired Online has recently announced its plans to drop capitalization... Read More

Which Comes First - Short Story Or Novel?

A writer writes. Bet you've heard that one... Read More

7 Journaling Tips

Set your journal or diary where you will see it... Read More

6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Writing Day

1. PLAY A GAME LIKE SOLITAIRE....for half an hour or... Read More

Create the Writing Life You Want

Ah, writing. For those of us who love to play... Read More

Grow Your Ideas Without Letting Words Grow Like Weeds

Q: How do I expand on an idea without getting... Read More

Tips for First Time Authors : 2 Easy Steps to Make Your First Book a Success

Congratulations on writing your first book. That is quite an... Read More

The Psychology Of Effortless Writing

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of... Read More

Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue

Writing technical articles is a challenge. There you sit, surrounded... Read More

Put a Spin on Your Idea!

Eight or nine times out of ten, picking up and... Read More

Open a Vein

If you want to be a writer, you must write... Read More

Written Communications ? 6 Tips on Language & Tone

In most aspects of business, we will be expected to... Read More

Get Your Writing Reviewed by Major Publications for Free

All Writers need the press, especially new writers. As a... Read More

6 Ways to Leverage Technical Articles

Technology vendors often contribute bylined articles to trade journals. The... Read More

Five Minute Miracles

FIVE MINUTES ... Is All You Need ........to phone a... Read More

Business Writing: 10 Great Authors

Great business writers combine narrative skills with sound judgment to... Read More

Is The Theme Running Throughout The Story?

Creative Writing Tips ?It's no use coming up with a... Read More

6 Tricks To Squeeze Your Letters Onto One Page

Anyone who has read any of my articles on the... Read More

Learning How To Write

As a student of Spanish, my goal was to think... Read More

Getting Past The Shoulds To Write

During the past few months I have received many questions... Read More

Groundbreaking Work

Every writer knows that the urge to write is not... Read More

Go With The Flow: Write With Transition Words and Phrases

One of the most common weaknesses I see in day-to-day... Read More

Have You Plotted Your Story Before Writing It?

Creative Writing Tips ?The writer, who doesn't have the time... Read More

Who Else Wants To Make $3546 By Simply Pressing a Button!

If you have been online for any length of time... Read More

The Struggle

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