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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Brooklyn writer wins house in Detroit
Detroit Free Press
The 29-year-old poet also will get to see if writing is something she can do full time when she moves from her four-bedroom apartment in the New York borough's Crown Heights neighborhood into a renovated house that she won north of Hamtramck as part of ...

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Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Confession To The Machine
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This week's writing prompt confronts us with a hooded figure who pairs robes with wires. Is this a monk? A priest? A guru? An oracle? Tell us your story of this shadowy being and their apparent supplicant. The Confession to the Machine is by artist ...


Making the Transition From Corporate to Creative Writing
Huffington Post
I was in college when I found my calling: New York Times best-selling novelist. I would spend countless hours in a daze, fantasizing about the stories I wanted to write and imagining rows and rows of my books selling by the truckload at the book store.

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Why Writing Scathing Yelp Reviews Feels So Good
VICE
Two congressmen from California just introduced a bill that would make it illegal for businesses to penalize customers who negatively review them on Yelp or other sites, citing citizens' rights to free speech. Not only do Americans have an inalienable ...

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Founders Hall has writing class for seniors
CT Post
Barry Schaffer, 66, of South Salem, N.Y., participates in a writing class Tuesday. Left is Cheryl Panosian Haddad, 52, of Danbury, the classes teacher. Seniors in Ridgefield, Conn., take a course called "The Art of Writing" at Founders Hall in ...


Nurturing Writing Talent in Kenyan Schools
The Star
Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez was lucky as an aspiring writer to be thrust in the midst of a guru who was willing to take time to peer into his young creative mind and have a discussion with him. In Living to Tell the Tale, Marquez tells us ...


Businessweek

Fonts Designed for Coders and Bloggers
Businessweek
Mandy Brown, David Yee, and Jason Santa Maria had founded Editorially, a Web-based writing and editing platform that also limited users to a single handpicked typeface. (Editorially folded earlier this year.) “We're exploring different fonts for the ...


Great Writing For Understanding Scary Writing
PJ Media
There is precious little intelligent writing about ghost stories and horror but you know who's doing some? My pal John J. Miller. I don't just say this because he's a friend, but because the last two pieces he did on the subject were absolutely ...

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Daisy Hernández Talks About Writing The Kind Of Book She Needed When She ...
Huffington Post
Daisy Hernández's new memoir, A Cup Of Water Under My Bed, is full of sentences that linger with you long after you've finished reading -- the kind of weighty, satisfying phrases that stay ringing in your ears. “Over and over again this truth: Writing ...


George Orwell's Brilliant Guide to Writing Well
The New Republic
Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and ...

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Dig Deeper to Reveal Character

He ran up the steps and knocked on the door.... Read More

Timer Magic for Writers

If your writing muscle isn't in shape, writing a novel... Read More

Format Each eBook Chapter Before you Write It

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Learning How To Write

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

Writing New Ideas

Someone once commented that there were no new ideas to... Read More

Editing Secrets

Once you've plotted out your book, developed the characters and... Read More

The Top Five Writing Mistakes Professionals Make

Yes, you know your subject. You also need to think... 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

Making Freelance Writing Niche Types Fit: A Few Niche Types by Definition and Description

Our Freelance Writing Needs DefinedWe must make freelance niche types... Read More

Another Way to Show Your Expertise: Write a Book!

Maybe you should write a book! This is not as... Read More

Inspiring the Poet in You!

Poems. Just the mention of them makes me smile. Why?... Read More

Call Yourself a Writer? Where Are Your Notes?

Writers are notorious collectors of slips of paper. They tear... Read More

Writers Turn to the Internet for Support, Friendship and Advice

Riding on the fumes of potential, you take pen to... Read More

How To Break Into Print Publishing

The big question. Do you submit directly to the publishers,... Read More

Time to Write

SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER?Many people have entertained... Read More

Use Real-Life Templates For Writing Success

At some point along the way, most of us have... Read More

7 Reference Books for Your Desk

I hate to admit this, but I rarely get an... Read More

Editorial Freelancing: 5 Must-Know Tips to Getting Your Foot in the Door

So, you want to freelance as an editor, writer, copy... Read More

How to Write Bad Poetry

So you've decided to crown yourself with a title that... Read More

Write Strategy: Think, Believe, Attack

Think of writing like karate...it's about DISCIPLINE.Writing, like other forms... Read More

Prolific Writers

Prolific authors write; they don't just dream about it. A... Read More

How to Write Words Worth a Thousand Pictures

Our Image-Driven SocietyWe live in a new image-driven society. It... Read More

Editing for Perfection ? The Personal Statement

This article contains a short guide on how to edit... Read More

10 Secrets For Writing Killer Complaint Letters

Complaint letters aren't always fun, but sometimes they need to... Read More

How to Use Textpad to Write Articles Faster

It's a good idea to use TextPad because all opt-in... Read More